Call for Abstracts


Make history.
Present &/or poster up.

We want your expertise! 
You will help make this the premier North American biosolids event of the decade. 
Please submit your abstract addressing any of the topics below. 
You can submit an abstract for podium and/or poster presentation.
Podium presentations will be 30 minutes (mostly).  A different length may be assigned by the Technical Committee.
Posters will be displayed in a prominent reception area, and you are encouraged to be present to discuss it at specified poster review times.

Deadline: February 28, 2018


  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 500 words.
  • Suggested: Write your abstract in a document on your computer and save it there.  Copy and paste the abstract text into the form, below.  You will not receive a copy of what you have submitted (unless you specifically ask).
  • You must indicate the topic area to which the presentation fits and clearly, but briefly, define the objectives of the presentation and provide keywords.
  • You will be notified of whether or not your abstract has been accepted on or before April 30, 2018.

Students: Participation in this conference is encouraged through a reduced student registration fee and competitively-awarded prizes and sponsorships for outstanding abstracts. But you must attend to win!

Deadlines (to be able to present at this conference): 

  • May 4, 2018 - If abstract is accepted, confirm that you will present & provide a short biography.
  • July 31, 2018 - You must be registered and paid (for at least the day of your presentation).
  • September 1, 2018:  Your presentation slides must be emailed or otherwise transferred to NEBRA.

Suggested Topic Areas:

Student Research Spotlights
Short presentations (e.g. <10 minutes) or posters as spotlights during the conference, covering the same topics below.

Wastewater Lagoon Residuals    o   Raw sludge characterization   o   Conditioning (thickening/dewatering)   o   Biosolids quality   o   Disposal options   o   Regulatory issues   o   Case studies

Water Treatment Plant Residuals   o   Characterization / quantification   o   Conditioning (thickening/dewatering)   o   Quality of conditioned residuals   o   Disposal options   o   Regulatory issues (fate of aluminum)   o   Aluminum control strategies

Biosolids Handling at Small Wastewater Treatment Facilities   o   Characterization   o   Mechanical thickening / dewatering   o   Geotubes   o   Stabilization options   o   Regionalization / co-treatment   o   Role of private industry   o   Regulatory issues

Sustainable Strategies for Biosolids & Residuals Reuse   o   Short-term and long-term strategies… What are municipalities doing & planning?   o   What’s your secret to keeping biosolids & residuals reuse programs sustainable?   o   Is diversification the answer?

Biosolids and Residuals Quality   o   What defines “quality?”   o   Addressing public perception of “quality”   o   Quality measures for residuals (e.g. paper mill residuals)

Messaging Biosolids & Residuals Programs    o   Key messages that you use within your biosolids and/or residuals management program   o   Strategies for messaging to a variety of stakeholders

Successful Biosolids & Residuals Programs   o   Success stories…….   o   Papermill residuals & other recyclable residuals – what’s being recycled?   o   Synergies in utilizing multiple residual sources

Managing Emerging Compounds    o   Addressing the ever-changing world of emerging compounds   o   What has research shown us in the past 5 years?

Treatment Technologies for Wastewater, Biosolids and Residuals   o   From bench-top to pilot to full scale ……. What’s out there?

Odour Management    o   Dealing with the regulatory landscape   o   Tools for dealing with odours (treatment, adjuvants, in-field management)

Bioenergy Recovery Opportunities    o   Efficiencies   o   Co-digestion

Nutrient Recovery    o   Technologies and where they fit    o   Biosolids & residuals management after nutrient recovery … managing what’s left

Marketing & Distribution of Biosolids & Residuals Products    o   Branding, advertising – what works?   o   Product development   o   Integrating with others’ agricultural standards (e.g. organic certification, Global G.A.P.)

Policy & Regulation of Biosolids & Residuals Recycling   o   Federal, provincial, state, & local   o   Where are policy & regulation headed?

Our Carbon Footprint   o   Managing organic carbon (and nutrients) for more sustainable agricultural production   o   Greenhouse gas mitigation strategies   o   Research and/or best management practices for carbon sequestration

Managing for Soil Health   o   Land use management strategies to improve soil quality   o   Soil health assessment metrics on biosolids and residuals amended soils