2022 UNC Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy, and Practice open for proposals for abstracts, side events, plenaries, and the technology showcase session
We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for abstracts, side events, plenaries, and the technology showcase session for the 2022 UNC Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy, and Practice. The Conference will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina from October 24 – 28, 2022.
2021 Water and Health Conference was a landmark event bringing together
stakeholders from 122 countries around the world with more than 3,700 people
registering to attend the week-long event. See all videos from our October 2021
2022 Conference will continue to explore the latest learnings around WaSH. The
event will include plenaries, side events, verbal presentations and poster
presentations. Plenaries will be an opportunity to explore critical themes
emerging in 2021. Side events will be collaborative learning experiences
focused on new and emerging practices. Verbal and poster presentations will
focus on emerging research.
View Sessions Overview (PDF)
to Write a Successful Abstract for the UNC Water and Health Conference
present your research in the most effective way, and to increase your chances
of having your abstract accepted please refer to the abstract submission
These criteria will be used by peer reviewers to select the abstracts for the
verbal and poster presentations.
abstract should briefly explain the importance and novelty of the research, be
accurate and succinct, and readable. Keep it short and to the point (500
- What (i.e. the focus): Clearly explain your idea or
question your work addresses.
- Why (i.e., the purpose): Explain why your focus is
- How (i.e., methods): Describe how you collected
information/data to answer your question.
- Results: Share your results–the information
you collected. What does the data say?
- Conclusion: State your conclusion(s) by
relating your data to your original question. Discuss the connections
between your results and the problem. If your project is still ‘in
progress’ and you don’t yet have solid conclusions, use this space to
discuss what you know at the moment (i.e., lessons learned so far,
emerging trends, etc).
Do you find it helpful to review an example of a technical document before you create one on your own? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check out the short tutorial videos we have created to guide you in the abstract writing process. This is a highly competitive review process, and these tutorials are intended to help you strengthen your abstract.
If you are interested in receiving one-on-one personalized assistance with your abstract before you submit it for review, please fill out this form.
We are offering a live, virtual abstract writing workshop session in the coming months open to anyone submitting abstracts for the conference. Participants will be able to drop in and ask questions – and possibly learn from others’ questions. Check back here in the coming weeks for more information on this.
TOP ABSTRACTS FROM 2021
You can view a list of the most highly rated abstracts for last year’s 2021 Water and Health Conference here.
Guidelines for Submitting
- Abstracts must be received by the
deadline of May 2, 2022
- Abstracts must be submitted via the
online forms (see buttons at top of this page)
- Abstracts are limited to 500 words
- Title of abstracts is limited to 15
- Submissions must include key
learning objectives for your presentation. Please include key learning
objectives in the ‘Full Abstract Submission’ question on the form
- Submissions must include abstract
themes. Please select up to 3 applicable themes on the form
- Incomplete abstracts cannot be
- Multiple abstracts submitted on a
single study will be rejected
- Submit original work only
Abstract Review Criteria
(for all research submissions)
will be ranked through double-blinded peer review
abstract will be evaluated based on the degree to which it:
an original argument (not only a descriptive account of a project)
a clear rationale, intellectual-grounding, and outcome/payoff for the
presentation (i.e., “so what”), including practical advice on best
practices or tools that can be implemented by people in the community
clear and well written. Abstracts should be free from spelling and
grammatical errors. Where appropriate, background, methods, results, and
conclusions should be clear. For all abstracts, the topic and key learning
objectives should be obvious
will be based on content, available space, and overall program
- Notification regarding acceptance or
rejection will be sent to the presenting author by email by mid-June 2022,
so providing an
accurate email address is critical.
- If your abstract is accepted, you
will receive an email that specifies whether it is accepted as a verbal or
- You must RSVP by the date specified.
Abstracts are withdrawn if your RSVP is not received by the specified
- Verbal presentations are assigned in
20-minute increments (15 minutes to present with 5 minutes for questions).
Length and format are subject to change.
- Verbal presentations should present
- Abstracts that are simply project
descriptions will not be accepted.
- Poster presentations are assigned and presented in
a reception style format. If the Conference is hosted virtually, you will
be required to pre-record your presentation and be present for a scheduled
live Q&A session.
select the formats in which you are willing to present/publish your
presentation at the time of
abstract submission. This choice cannot be changed after the review
committee has made its final decision (i.e., if you are not willing to present
a verbal, please choose poster only).
- Submitted abstracts will be
considered eligible for either one verbal or one poster
- Authors select one of three
· 1) Verbal Presentation
(will NOT be considered for poster)
· 2) Poster Presentation
(will NOT be considered for verbal regardless of score)
· 3) Verbal or Poster
Presentation (will be considered for either verbal OR poster based on
note that declining to have your abstract considered for poster presentation
does not improve the chance of being accepted for a verbal presentation. This
option should be selected primarily by authors not willing/able to present a
Responsibilities of the
- The first author listed for each abstract
serves as the presenting author and as the primary contact for all
correspondence regarding the abstract.
- The presenting author must be one of
the co-authors listed on the submitted abstract.
- The presentation at the conference
must reflect the submitted abstract. Specifically, the abstract title,
authorship, and scientific content must match the submitted
Awards for Abstracts on
Water Institute at UNC and the Initiative for Sanitation Workers are pleased to
announce the second edition of the Research Awards on Sanitation Workers at the
2022 UNC Water and Health Conference. This year we will award prizes in
Best Original Research
Best Published Paper (since 4
NEW for 2022: Journal of
Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development Special Edition Abstracts
are pleased to announce that new for 2022, Water Institute will be partnering
with Journal of Water, Sanitation, Hygiene & Development. The best
abstracts submitted for the Water and Health Conference will be invited to
provide a full journal submission for a special edition of JWASHD linked to the
2022 Water and Health Conference. Please check the box in the abstract
submission form if you are interested in participating in this special program.
are pleased to offer this well-received special session again at the 2022
conference. The Technology Showcase features a set of 4-5 minutes presentations
highlighting WASH-related technology and innovations in a special session
format open to any conference participant. There is time for Q/A and
interaction with the audience. Check out last year’s session here.
invite proposals for 2022
Technology Showcase sessions. Abstracts are due by August 1, 2022, and we will inform
you by end of June 2022 if you are invited for a full presentation of your
technology or innovation.
2022 Water and Health
What is the abstracts
All abstracts for this year’s conference are being accepted between February 7 – May 2, 2022.
When will abstracts be
All abstracts will be reviewed between May – Mid June, 2022.
Who will review the
Abstracts are peer-reviewed by research experts in the WASH field.
When will accepted
abstract presenters be notified?
Abstract submitters whose abstracts have been selected for presentations at the conference will be notified by late June 2022.
Will the conference be
in person this year?
We hope to organize this year’s conference back in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where it has been held for years