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Water Convention (WC)

The Water Convention serves as a platform for water professionals and practitioners to share knowledge, experiences and engage in discussions through presentations showcasing sustainable technological solutions, case studies and applied processes and management strategies to solve global water challenges under the following themes :

  1. Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Network)
  2. Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Treatment)
  3. Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management
  4. Cities of the Future
  5. Water Quality and Health

Important Dates

  • 19 – 30 April 2021: Registration*
  •  14 May 2021: Poster / PowerPoint / Video / Full paper submission deadline
  •  End May / Early June 2021: Onboarding / Technical Dry-run for all presenters
  •  22 June – 2 July 2021: SIWW2021 Online

*Each presenter will receive a unique registration link. Do note that the link is your personal link and non-transferable. If you have accepted the invitation previously and did not receive the registration link, please contact us at waterconvention@siww.com.sg with your Abstract ID.



Instruction to Water Convention 2021 Presenters and Session Chairs 

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  1. Toolkit for Invited Speakers – Click here
  2. Toolkit for Oral Presenters – Click here
  3. Toolkit for Poster Presenters – Click here
  4. Toolkit for Poster Judges – Click here
  5. Toolkit for Panellists – Click here
  6. Toolkit for Session Chairs – Click here

Co-chairs of the Water Convention 2021 Programme Committee

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Harry Seah
Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)
PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency
Darryl Day
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust

Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global travel restrictions, the Water Convention 2021, a flagship event of the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) will be held online, to safeguard the well-being of our participants. We are pleased to welcome you to a very special ninth edition of the Water Convention from 22nd June to 2nd July 2021.

The virtual Water Convention will a be a digital platform for global leaders, experts and practitioners to connect, share and learn from each other. We will see about 190 oral presentations, and over 100 poster presentations, covering a range of topics that will discuss the latest trends and concerns of the water industry.

Despite the unfortunate postponement of the Water Convention 2020, more than 400 of over 500 papers submitted in the 2020 Call for Papers were kept for consideration in the 2021 event. These submissions were supplemented by over 100 papers submitted in our 2021 Mini Call for Papers. We would like to extend our gratitude to the international water community for your continual support. Many papers of exceptional quality were submitted and selecting papers for a limited number of slots was a great challenge for our Programme Committee.

The programme spans over two weeks and will kick off on Tuesday, 22nd June with an exciting array of concurrent Technical Sessions and Hot Issues Webinars/Workshops. With a total of 48 sessions, the Technical Sessions will cover diverse range of issues such as smart water grid and metering technologies, advances in desalination and potable water reuse, resource efficient used water treatment, circular economy in our cities of the future and the best practices in water quality and health. The various responses of the water industry to the Covid-19 Pandemic will undoubtedly be a talking point in many of these sessions. The Hot Issues Workshops will take on a different format this year, with shorter 90-minute sessions spanning across both weeks. Here, emerging topics and complex issues such as smart utilities, resource recovery, climate change, Sustainable Development Goals, and advances of membrane processes, will be discussed. The Poster Presentation sessions, beginning on 23rd June up until 1st July, will feature pre-recorded presentations for you to explore at your leisure.

The Water Convention has come a long way since its first edition in 2008. Stepping into the new decade, we are confident that the event will remain as one of the leading global platforms for water technology, innovation and best practices. The success of the Water Convention is made possible with the strong support of our partner, the International Water Association, who has been on this journey with us from the start. We also thank the active support and participation of our fellow Programme Committee members for the lively discussions, and sense of camaraderie in putting this Convention together.

We invite you to join us online in June 2021 to share your ideas and experiences. Together, let us work towards our shared goal of building a better future.

Programme Committee

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  • Harry Seah.jpg

    Harry Seah

    • Deputy Chief Executive (Operations)
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
  • Darryl Day.jpg

    Darryl Day

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • Peter Cullen Water
      and Environment Trust
    • (Australia)
  • Puah Aik Num.bmp

    Aik Num Puah

    • Chief Specialist
      (Water Treatment)
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
  • Albert Cho.jpg

    Albert Cho

    • Senior Vice President
      and Chief Strategy
      and Digital Officer
    • Xylem
    • (Canada)
  • Andrew Shaw.jpg

    Andrew Shaw

    • Associate Vice President
      and Global Practice
      and Technology Leader
      in Sustainability & Wastewater
    • Black & Veatch
    • (USA)
  • Annelise Avril.jpg

    Annelise Avril

    • Group Senior Vice President - Research, Innovation & Digital Transformation
    • SUEZ
    • (France)
  • Pang Chee Meng.jpg

    Chee Meng Pang

    • Chief Engineering
      and Technology Officer
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
  • Daisuke Sano.jpg

    Daisuke Sano

    • Associate Professor
    • Tohoku University
    • (Japan)
  • David Cunliffe.jpg

    David Cunliffe

    • Principal Water
      Quality Advisor
    • SA Heallth
    • (Australia)
  • Fiona Waller.jpg

    Fiona Waller

    • Head of Water Quality
    • Affinity Water
    • (UK)
  • Hadas Mamane.jpg

    Hadas Mamane

    • Associate Professor
    • Tel Aviv University
    • (Israel)
  • Jennifer de France.jpg

    Jennifer de France

    • Technical Officer
    • World Health Organization
    • (Switzerland)
  • Joke Cuperus.jpg

    Joke Cuperus

    • (The Netherlands)

  • Kartik Chandran.jpg

    Kartik Chandran

    • Professor
    • Columbia University
    • (USA)
  • Mads Leth.jpg

    Mads Leth

    • Chief Executive Officer
    • VCS Denmark
    • (Denmark)
  • Mahmood Lutaaya.jpg

    Mahmood Lutaaya

    • Regional Manager
    • National Water &
      Sewerage Corporation
    • (Uganda)
  • Mark Fletcher.jpg

    Mark Fletcher

    • Global Water
      Business Leader
    • Arup
    • (UK)
  • Yang Min.jpg

    Min Yang

    • Deputy Director,
      Research Center for
      Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES)
    • Chinese Academy of Sciences
    • (China)
  • Nikolay Voutchkov.jpg

    Nikolay Voutchkov

    • President
    • Water Globe Consultants, LLC
    • (USA)
  • Nupur Bahadur.jpg

    Nupur Bahadur

    • Fellow
    • The Energy and
      Resources Institute (TERI)
    • (India)
  • Peter Nicol.JPG

    Peter Nicol

    • (Canada)

  • Raziyeh Farmani.JPG

    Raziyeh Farmani

    • Associate Professor
    • University of Exeter
    • (UK)
  • Regina Sommer.jpg

    Regina Sommer

    • Associate Professor
    • Medical University of Vienna
    • (Austria)
  • Ridzuan Ismail.jpg

    Ridzuan Ismail

    • Director,
      Water Supply (Network)
    • PUB, Singapore's
      National Water Agency
    • (Singapore)
  • Robert Bos.jpg

    Robert Bos

    • Senior Advisor
    • International Water Association
    • (Switzerland)
  • Sandra Muhirirwe.jpg

    Sandra Muhirirwe

    • Senior Operations Engineer
    • National Water &
      Sewerage Corporation
    • (Uganda)
  • Seungkwan  Hong.jpg

    Seungkwan Hong

    • Professor
    • Korea University
    • (South Korea)
  • Suresh Kumar Rohilla.jpg

    Suresh Rohilla

    • Senior Director
    • Centre for Science
      and Environment
    • (India)
  • Tao Li.jpg

    Tao Li

    • Director of Water Intelligence
    • International Water Association
    • (China)
  • Tony Wong.jpg

    Tony Wong

    • Chair of Water Sensitive Cities Think Tank
    • CRC for
      Water Sensitive Cities
    • (Australia)
  • Xavier Litrico.jpg

    Xavier Litrico

    • Group Chief Research
      and Science Officer
    • SUEZ
    • (UK)
  • Xiaochang Wang.jpg

    Xiaochang Wang

    • Professor
    • Xi'an University of Architecture & Technology
    • (China)
Programme Schedule

Theme 1: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Network)

22 June 2021 (Tuesday)

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.1 – Network Planning for Resilience

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.2 – Optimising Network Operations

24 June 2021 (Thursday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.3 – Water Conservation and Efficiency Measures

25 June 2021 (Friday) 
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.4 – Non-revenue Water

28 June 2021 (Monday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.5 – Smart Water Grid

29 June 2021 (Tuesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.6 – Smart Metering

30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 1.7 – Asset Management for the Distribution Networks

Theme 2: Delivering Water from Source to Tap (Treatment)

22 June 2021 (Tuesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.1 – Improving Water Treatment

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.2 – Innovation is Desalination

24 June 2021 (Thursday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.3 – Membranes - Fast Forward

25 June 2021 (Friday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.4 – Expanding Ceramic Membrane Applications

28 June 2021 (Monday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.5 – Emerging Contaminants - Practice and Science

29 June 2021 (Tuesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.6 – Integrated Water Reuse

30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.7 – Intelligent Plant of the Future

1 July 2021 (Thursday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 2.8 – Source Control in Advanced Reuse Applications

Theme 3: Effective & Efficient Wastewater Management

22 June 2021 (Tuesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.1 – Decentralised Water Treatment
Session 3.2 – Resource Efficient Treatment I

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.3 – Resource Efficient Treatment II

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.4 – Intensification of Anaerobic Digestion

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.5 – Advancement in Solids Treatment

24 June 2021 (Thursday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.6 – Membrane Bioreactor Processes

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.7 – Nutrient Removal

25 June 2021 (Friday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.8 – Process Intensification: Integrated Approaches

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.9 – Biofilm Processes

28 June 2021 (Monday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.10 – Advanced Modelling, Sensing & Control I - Outside the Fence

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.11 – Advanced Modelling, Sensing & Control II - Inside the Fence

29 June 2021 (Tuesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.12 – Used Water Asset Management

7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.13 – Microbial Ecology

30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.14 – Industrial Wastewater Treatment and Reuse

1 July 2021 (Thursday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 3.15 – Wastewater Treatment for Developing Countries

Theme 4: Cities of the Future

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.1 – Water Circular Economy in Cities of the Future I

24 June 2021 (Thursday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.2 – Water Circular Economy in Cities of the Future II

25 June 2021 (Friday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.3 – Hybrid Blue/Green/Grey Infrastructure

28 June 2021 (Monday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.4 – Water for Liveability

29 June 2021 (Tuesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.5 – Basin Connected Cities

1 July 2021 (Thursday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 4.6 – Water Wise Cities

Theme 5: Water Quality and Health

22 June 2021 (Tuesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.1 – Systems Approaches and Enabling Environment

23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.2 – Source Tracking

24 June 2021 (Thursday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.3 – Assessment of Water Quality

25 June 2021 (Friday)
7.00pm-8.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.4 – Wastewater Monitoring and Management

28 June 2021 (Monday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.5 – Water Resources in Catchments/ Reservoirs

30 June 2021 (Wednesday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.6 – Water Quality in Distribution Systems and Buildings

1 July 2021 (Thursday)
4.00pm-5.30pm (SGT) (GMT +8)
Session 5.7 – Bio-sensing

List of Oral and Poster Presenters

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