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2023 Annual Convention and Exposition
Devos Place and Amway Grand Hotel
Grand Rapids, MI
October 4–7, 2023

AWT is accepting presentation proposals for the 2023 Annual Convention and Exposition Annual Convention. The Technical, Education and Convention Committees will evaluate submissions for their appropriateness to the audience, relevance, scientific content, and the ability to meet AWT's educational program needs. The Committees' decision will be sent to presenters and authors in February along with AWT's guidelines for preparation of papers and presentations, and the Convention schedule. Please submit abstracts online no later than Sunday, January 8, 2023.

Abstract Process

Upon acceptance on the Convention program, you will receive feedback from the Technical and Convention Committees based on the abstract you submitted, as to the direction the paper should take and what information should be included. All technical topic speakers will be required to submit a paper by the deadline listed. Failure to submit a paper by the deadline (Friday, June 3, 2023) will mean removal from the program. The Technical Committee will review all papers and speakers will be given 6 weeks to make the necessary changes. Failure to make changes to the paper may result in the paper being excluded from the Convention website.

Presentation Format

AWT Convention presentations are typically 30-minutes in length — a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. Presentations are either slotted as a General Session, meaning the presentation will be given to all Convention attendees (usually 400) or as a Concurrent Breakout Session, meaning the presentation will be slotted against another presentation and attendance will be closer to 200. All prospective presenters are reminded that sessions should be non-commercial, interesting, exciting, effective, unique and memorable. The use of case studies is strongly encouraged.

Speaking Benefits

The following are benefits enjoyed by all individuals who are selected to make a presentation:

  • Increased visibility and credibility in the eyes of water treaters; and
  • The opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and experience with both newcomers and veterans of the water treatment profession.


  • The deadline for submitting an abstract is Sunday, January 8, 2023. All proposals must be submitted online at www.awt.org/abstracts.
  • The primary purpose of presentations and papers at AWT's Annual Convention is to provide factual information of practical and immediate relevance to AWT's members that addresses AWT's educational program needs.
  • A separate proposal must be submitted for each presentation.
  • Promoting a company, service or product during a presentation is expressly prohibited. There should only be minimal use of company names, logos, trademarks, and commercially specific references.
  • Each paper and presentation will be reviewed by the AWT Technical and/or Convention Committee. Presenters and/or authors may be asked to make changes as a condition of inclusion on the Convention website. Both the presentation and paper will be converted into a protected, print-only format and put onto the Convention website that will be available to all attendees.
  • Presentations may be recorded by AWT and made available for sale with all proceeds going to AWT. In addition, AWT expects to have the right of first refusal for up to one (1) year after the Convention to publish papers and/or articles in The Analyst.

Suggested Topics

Technical Topics

  • A Complete Water Treatment Case History
  • Biocides
  • Biofilm
  • Boiler Water
  • Condensate Polishing
  • Cooling Water
  • Desalinization
  • DOT Regulations
  • Filtration
  • Future Trends in Industrial Water Treatment
  • Green Technology
  • Hazmat Training
  • High-Purity Water
  • High-Salinity Water
  • Innovative Technologies
  • Ion Exchange Resins
  • Legionella
  • Membranes
  • Monitoring
  • Pretreatment
  • Scale Removal
  • Sustainability
  • Ultra-Pure Water
  • UV Treatment/Disinfection

Business Topics

  • Business Culture
  • Electronic Resources For Reporting/Controlling/Monitoring
  • Employee Management
  • Estate Planning
  • Exit Strategy
  • Finance
  • Generations In The Workforce
  • Health Insurance
  • Health, Safety, Environmental Issues
  • Human Resources/Hiring
  • Insurance Issues Ñ Reducing Your Exposure
  • Inventory Management
  • IT Tools
  • Legal Issues/Non-Competes
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Mergers/Acquisitions
  • Motivating Employees
  • Outsourcing
  • Proposal Writing
  • Service Reports
  • Social Media
  • Stories Of Sales Success
  • Team Building
  • Time/Territory Management
  • Website Development/Trends

Selection Process

  1. All proposals must be submitted online at www.awt.org/abstracts. Any questions should be directed to Caroline Bentley at cbentley@msp-amc.com.
  2. Following are the core criteria that will be used to review all proposals:
    1. Topic has practical applications;
    2. Clear, focused and well-organized proposal;
    3. Presenter's qualifications;
    4. Presentation strategies and presentation's overall quality; and
    5. References from other speaking engagements.
  3. AWT does not permit papers or presentations containing marketing commercialization and does not allow more than one use of trade names or logos in papers and presentations. Thereafter, generic identification is required for all products and companies.
  4. The AWT Convention Committee reserves the right to request modifications to a presentation proposal before final selections are made.


  • Sunday, January 8 — Abstracts due
  • Friday, March 4 — Speakers notified of acceptance and feedback provided on abstract
  • Friday, March 11 — Speaker Acceptance Letter and AV Forms due
  • Friday, June 3 — Papers due
  • Monday, June 6 — Friday, July 15 - Papers reviewed
  • Friday, July 29 — Feedback provided to speakers on revisions required in papers
  • Friday, July 29 — Friday, August 12 - Papers revised
  • Friday, August 26 — Final papers submitted
  • Friday, August 26 — Presentations due



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