Research & Solutions Poster Showcase

Do you or your organization have information
to share with conference participants?

Research and Solutions Poster Showcase

will feature case studies and research demonstrating
for future-ready water systems

Poster Themes

Resource Recovery, Reuse and Moving Toward Net Zero Systems
Water systems have many untapped opportunities to recover and reuse resources to support the ultimate goal of achieving net zero waste, water and energy systems. Posters in this theme will highlight:

  • Emerging technologies, processes and approaches that enhance resource recovery from wastewater and biosolids
  • Energy efficient and energy producing systems
  • Decentralized and closed water systems

Smart Water Systems and Energy-Water Optimization
New data acquisition, control and optimization technologies for water systems bring a variety of opportunities and challenges. Posters in this theme will highlight:

  • Novel technologies and approaches for collecting, managing, and using data from water systems
  • Novel methods for optimizing the performance of water systems and optimizing energy use/production
  • Cutting edge automated or smart water systems
  • Cyber security vulnerabilities and solutions
  • Regulatory and privacy concerns with big data from water systems

Water Management and Finance
As municipalities grow and develop, there is a need to ensure that water systems are properly expanded/upgraded and that the true costs for water management are appropriately accounted for and recovered. Posters in this theme will highlight:

  • Innovative approaches and technologies for asset management and infrastructure planning that support improved lifecycle management and/or financing of water systems
  • Innovative approaches for financing water, wastewater and stormwater systems, including options for financing growth

Communications and Social Media
With the increasing pace of communications and the demand for real-time information, there are many opportunities and challenges for meaningful and effective communication. Posters in these theme will highlight:

  • Strategies on how utilities can best engage with their customers, the public, and their employees using technology, apps, social media, etc.
  • Novel approaches and best practices for gathering information and feedback from customers

Consideration will also be given to abstracts outside these four themes that demonstrate strong applicability and value for municipal water management.

If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference.

Poster abstract guidelines

Poster Abstract Guidelines

Please read the abstract guidelines carefully. Abstracts must not exceed a single page and use 11 point Times New Roman font.

Write a concise title that describes the poster in 20 words or less.

Please list surnames first, followed by initials. List the senior author first, and underline the name of the presenting author if it is not the senior author. Identify author affiliations with superscript Arabic numerals.

List the university or organization with whom the authors are affiliated and include the department, city and province.

Please indicate which theme your abstract falls under. Include a brief description (maximum two sentences) about the case study or research within the context of the theme.

(It is understood that some projects will naturally span more than one area; however, we ask you to identify one theme only.)

Receptor Groups
Indicate who would benefit most from this knowledge — for example: water managers, policy makers, industry (specify), other research programs, etc.

The abstract should provide a brief overview in one paragraph (300 words or less).

Anticipated Outcomes
Provide a brief description (maximum 100 words) of the outcome. What issues are addressed? How do you expect the information to be used? By whom? How do you feel your work highlights possibilities for progress and innovation in water management?

Key Words
List up to 5 keywords or phrases that best describe the research.

Student Poster Competition
(Only students may enter the competition.)
Please include a single line at the bottom of the page indicating that you wish to be considered in the student poster competition. Note: The student must be the presenting author.

Deadline for poster abstract submission

Deadline for Poster Abstract Submission

Poster abstracts must be submitted to by February 17, 2017.

  • Please refer to the poster abstract guidelines.
  • Please do not submit a completed poster.
  • Abstracts should be emailed as an attachment (Microsoft Word or pdf).

We will contact you by email on or before February 24, 2017 to let you know if your abstract has been accepted.

Accepted poster abstracts, presenter photos and contact information will be published on the Blue Cities website.

Guidelines for posters

Guidelines for Posters
(if your abstract is accepted)

All posters must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Presenters must be registered attendees of the conference.
  • Poster preparation, printing, transport, set-up and removal are the responsibility of the presenters.
  • Dimensions: 1.2 m x 0.9 m (4 ft. high by 3 ft. wide)
    Under no circumstances will larger dimensions be permitted.
  • The poster should be easily read from at least one metre away.
    Title – 72 point font or larger (~17 mm)
    Author names – 48 point font or larger (~12 mm)
    Affiliations – 36 point font or larger (~8 mm)
    Text – 20 point font or larger (~5 mm)

For effective posters, less is more. Minimize text by using bullet points or short phrases and include visuals like graphs, diagrams and photographs. We also suggest including a photograph of the presenter, either on the poster or displayed next to the poster, and providing handouts and/or business cards to facilitate networking.

  • All posters presenting work funded by Canadian Water Network must display CWN’s new logo. Please contact for the logo.
  • Posters must be set up no later than 8:30 am on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.(Poster boards, push pins and velcro pads will be available.)
  • Posters must be removed by 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017 (but no earlier than 1:30 pm).

Research and Solutions Poster Showcase

Research and Solutions Showcase

The Research and Solutions Poster Showcase will take place on the evening of Wednesday, May 17. Presenting authors must be available at their poster for questions and discussion at this time.

The posters will also be available for viewing throughout much of the conference. We encourage presenters to take advantage of coffee breaks, meals and other networking opportunities to maximize interaction with conference participants.

By participating in the Research and Solutions Poster Showcase, you are providing permission to have your poster and presentation photographed and used by Canadian Water Network for marketing and communication purposes.