Advanced Water Management Centre

Invitation from the Chair of NRR18 to submit an abstract

It is with great pleasure, I invite submissions of extended abstracts for NRR18 – Closing the Loop. The IWA NRR Specialist Group is progressing a paradigm-shift away from solely protecting receiving waters against eutrophication via wastewater nutrient removal, towards a more holistic approach which utilises technologies to maximise nutrient and energy recovery, and economic return. Building on the 2016 WEF/IWA-hosted NRR conference held in the USA, and the 2017 NRR/LWWTP conference held in China, NRR2018 will be held in the unique setting of subtropical, Brisbane, Australia over 18 - 21 November 2018. 

The Program Committee is calling for submissions of high-quality, original and previously unpublished research in the theory, practice, and application of Nutrient Removal and Recovery. NRR18 will focus on fundamental- and applied research, and applications of technologies in the design, operation, and optimization of wastewater treatment systems.

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract (2 pages + table and figures) according to the IWA format before May 28, 2018. 

Authors whose abstracts are selected will be invited to give an oral presentation or a poster presentation at the conference.

The authors will be notified of acceptance by July 25, and revised abstracts are required by September 1, 2018.

I look forward to your contribution to the exciting and cutting edge forum that is NRR18.

Professor Zhiguo Yuan 
Director, Advanced Water Management Centre 
The University of Queensland

Conference Themes:

  • Nitrogen removal and recovery, including short-cut removal pathways
  • Phosphorous removal and recovery from mainstream
  • Carbon removal and recovery, including capture, processing and products
  • Nutrients management and recovery with biosolids streams
  • Technologies for valorisation of nutrients in waste
  • Novel NRR technologies
  • Microbial ecology in NRR, including fate of microbial contaminants (pathogens, antibiotic resistant bacteria etc.)
  • Greenhouse gas emissions and fate of micropollutants in NRR processes
  • Mathematical modelling, optimisation and control of NRR processes
  • Energy, regulatory and economic considerations of NRR processes
  • NRR in the Agricultural-Industrial Sectors
  • NRR for Groundwater Remediation and Management
  • Nutrient management from non-point sources, including wetlands


What do I need to pay?

Every presenter (platform, poster, workshop and panel) is required to register as a paying delegate. Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Presenters who do not register before 1 September 2018 will be replaced.

You do not need to be a member of IWA to present, but members receive larger discounts on registration fees and receive other membership benefits. More info about membership here.


Full Papers

Presenters are welcome to submit full papers to Water Science and Technology or other IWA Publishing journals. Please identify the conference as NRR18 during the paper submission which when fully submitted to the journal will send your paper to the designated Editor. Specifications for the formatting of papers are available on the IWAP website at

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For further information about this conference, please contact:

Sharon James
Conference Secretariat

p: +61 7 3346 7205