Call for Abstracts

Behind the Podium!

The Ohio Water Environment Association holds five to six Specialty Workshops and an Annual Technical Conference with an extensive technical program each year. Share your experiences, successes, and lessons learned at one of OWEAs Specialty Workshops or the Annual Conference as we work together to provide technical education and training for Ohio water quality professionals who clean water and return it safely to the environment.

2020 Technical Conference & Expo

June 22-25, 2020

Extended Deadline to Submit: November 1, 2019


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The Northeast Section of the Ohio Water Environment Association is excited to host the
2020 OWEA Annual Conference at the Holiday Inn in Independence, Ohio from Monday, June
22nd through Thursday, June 25th. As our members and conference attendees continue to
deal with smaller budgets, while still meeting new and current regulatory requirements, they
are looking at emerging technologies and cost effective alternatives for the operation and
maintenance of their facilities. They are also faced with addressing aging infrastructure while
striving to deploy new green and more efficient technologies all while managing their most
valuable resource, their staff.

These issues and challenges are important to our attendees and are captured in the technical
program tracks (listed below). We are only accepting online submissions of abstracts in order
to streamline the submission process and the gathering of your information. Please visit to submit an abstract. Please remember to provide concise information
and submit the required abstract (600 words in either Microsoft Word or PDF format) and
biography information. This information will be used to review and select presentations for
the conference technical program.

Please note: Presentation time slots will be 45 minutes long. Actual presentations should be
40 minutes in length allowing 5 minutes for questions.

Once again, we are very excited about the upcoming conference and look forward to an excellent technical program!

Michael T.Welke, Technical Program Chair,

Utility Management



Operations / Operator Ingenuity



Wastewater Collections

Wastewater Treatment

Workforce Development


Residuals Management


Green Technologies

Energy Efficiency


Submit an Abstract

Speaker and Presentation Protocol:

  • The best papers document actual case studies and projects as opposed to research or theory.

  • Papers shall not be used to engage in advertising or selling equipment or professional services.

  • Several criteria will be used to evaluate the abstracts, including originality, project status, technical merit, significance, and overall quality.

  • Manuscripts will be subject to revision or rejection if lacking in quality.

  • Accepted authors who do not submit a manuscript by the required deadline will be removed from the program

  • OWEA does not offer honorariums, or pay travel or lodging expenses.

  • Presenters are extended a $50 discount on workshop/conference registration fees at OWEA events. Please contact OWEA at 614.488.5800 or to register so we may apply your discount. Or request the speaker discount code from the workshop chair.

  • If you just plan to be onsite to give your presentation, OWEA does not require you to register.  We will not include you in any meal or facility counts.

  • If selected for giving a presentation, the speaker shall agree to present the final version to the Program Chair no later than the announced date.

  • Presentations will be converted to PDF's or PowerPoint Slide Shows and posted to at the conclusion of the event.