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The WEDC International Conference, organized by the Loughborough University took place from 15th September to the 19th September 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam. The conference will cover areas like knowledge and development of capacity in WASH, develop skills and update knowledge with current good practice, wide ranging WASH topics and practices, water and sanitation innovation in developing countries.


Why attend the WEDC International Conference?


The policies and targets to replace the Millennium Development Goals post 2015, are being developed. Ambitious aspirations include universal access to water and sanitation services by 2030, which requires that our sector professionals are equipped with the skills and up to date knowledge to meet these challenges.

The WEDC International Conference is a comprehensive event, which seeks to catalyse this process, providing continued professional development appropriate to local contexts and international good practice.

The Conference provides a valuable and respected platform for reflection, debate and exchange, rooted in practice. The programme includes 3 days of peer-reviewed paper presentations and discussion, followed by 2 days of capacity development workshops and field visits which aim to develop skills and knowledge in topic areas that have been jointly identified as important with stakeholders.

The programme includes an exhibition, evening side events and an exciting social programme, all designed to maximise interaction and networking opportunities. We aim to include topics related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in the broadest sense.

Click here to view the provisional programme.

Papers and Discussion Sessions

From Monday to Wednesday a variety of papers will be presented and discussed. Papers will be grouped thematically, and sessions will include both briefing papers and refereed papers.

Briefing papers may be direct accounts of projects or programmes and aim to share successes and failure of approaches and field experiences including lessons learnt.

Refereed papers are more structured, incorporating new knowledge, clear methodology and process.

Lively and constructive discussions are common, such that experiences from the floor complement those presented and enhance the collective learning experience.

We have received a fantastic response to our call for papers and contributions – 238 submissions are within our review system. Papers share experiences of authors from 39 countries. A draft timetable will be developed and posted on the conference website towards the end of July.

A number of these sessions are reserved for mixed topic Espresso slot presentations. This innovative and popular format allows presenters to introduce strictly 4 slides in 5 minutes, followed by discussion time. Proposals for presentations can be submitted up to a day before the session – provided that spaces are available. Slides are reviewed but are not included in the Conference Proceedings. Please send your slides to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Posters are simple summaries of a relevant topic or project, reviewed by the Editor. These are prominently displayed during the conference, with time allocated for dedicated discussions. Posters can be submitted for review up until the end of August 2014. Please send your posters to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for review. Click here for guidelines for poster preparation.


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