Submission of abstract

Submission procedure

You are invited to submit an extended abstract, whether you intend oral, poster presentation or just want to bring a poster.

Extended abstracts are limited to 8000 characters incl. spaces (headings, references, figures and tables do not add to the character count). Abstracts must contain adequate information to allow a sound review: an introduction, concise details of methods and results, conclusions and references. To be accepted for the Conference, submissions must report work that is novel, correct and well described, and of interest to Conference participants. It should also clearly state how the work contributes to a holistic sludge management approach. Submissions must contain original data and meet international ethical standards. Selection criteria include high technical quality, relevance to the conference themes, and significant information content. Abstracts that are deemed commercial in nature will not be accepted. 


The following sequence of actions is the only method for submitting material for an oral presentation (platform or poster) at the IWA HSM2016 Conference. 

You will be asked to enter and upload as follow: 
  1. Corresponding author details. 
    Please note that this will be the only person who receives correspondence from the submission system.
  2. Presentation type preferred.
    Presentation options is: oral, poster presentation or poster.
  3. The title of your abstract (max 100 character)  
  4. The conference topic that is most appropriate for your abstract (make selection from the available options)​
             - Holistic Sludge Management
             - Sludge minimisation
             - Sludge reuse and disposal
             - Recycling of materials from sludge
             - Energy recovery
  5. Keywords to help classify your paper (3-6 in number) 
  6. Details of authors and nomination of presenting author.
  7. Your abstract as pdf document.
    The text of your abstract including figures and tables imbedded at proper places in the text needs to be uploaded as a pdf file (use the template). Only up to two figures and one table are allowed. 

    The template for the extended abstract can be found here and below.
    Please name the file HSM_"Your last name" e.g. HSM2016_Davidsson.pdf.

    To upload your HSM2016 abstracts please click here
  8. Carefully read your submission before you confirm the submitting.
    Once you confirm your abstract you are finished and you will get an confirmation both by email and on screen.

Selection procedure

The Scientific Committee will evaluate all abstracts and propose selection as:

  • Oral presentation
  • Poster presentation
  • Poster
  • Rejection 


Authors with oral presentation are offered to submit a full paper to be included in the proceedings.

Selected papers will be peer reviewed for publication in IWA Publishing’s journals: Water Science and Technology, Water Supply  or Water Practice and Technology.  Specifications for the formatting of papers are available on The IWA Publishing website

All other accepted abstracts for oral presentation or poster presentation will be included in the proceedings, and the authors have the possibility to correct/improve the abstract and send an updated version until the deadline for full paper submission.

Instructions for oral presentations, poster presentations and format for the posters will be given together with acceptance of contribution to the conference February 15th 2016