A call for papers was issued on 14 May 2012 by the International Desalination Association (IDA) for its 2013 World Congress Desalination: A Promise for the Future.

Abstracts for the congress, which will be held in Tianjin, China, during 20‑25 October 2013, will be accepted by IDA between 1 July and 1 October 2012.

Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be notified in December, and the first draft manuscripts will be due on 1 February 2013.

The theme of the 2013 IDA World Congress emphasizes the importance of desalination as a sustainable, reliable source to meet the world’s growing water needs. Tracks in the technical program will cover:

  • The governance and finance of desalination
  • Sustainable desalination: environmental impacts and adapting to climate change
  • Efficient and effective operations
  • Innovative desalination technologies
  • Desalination history, culture and industrial archaeology
  • The Technical Program Committee will be co-chaired by Khoo Teng Chye and Professor Wang Shi Chang, both directors of IDA. Khoo is currently the executive director of the Centre for Liveable Cities, Ministry of National Development in Singapore. Prof Wang holds a distinguished position at the Chemical Engineering Research Center, School of Chemical Engineering & Technologies and is director of the Desalination & Membrane Technology Center at Tianjin University.

    “The IDA World Congress is the pre-eminent platform for water and desalination experts from around the world to share their knowledge and exchange ideas. We invite authors to submit their abstracts for previously unpublished papers for consideration at this event, which takes place in one of the world’s most important emerging desalination markets,” said Patricia A Burke, IDA secretary general.

    Submissions will be evaluated on the basis of contribution and impact, originality, accuracy, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related works. Abstracts must be submitted online to the IDA Paper Management Site by logging in at www.idadesal.org.

    For questions or assistance, please contact the World Congress technical program manager, Darlene Seta at [email protected], call IDA directly at +1 978 887 0410, or visit the website for more details.