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The University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference

The University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference is hosted by the Water Technologies for Emerging Regions (WaTER) Center as part of a broader mission to promote peace through sustainable WASH solutions. 

About the WaTER Conference

The WaTER Conference is designed to bring together participants from multiple disciplines world-wide in response to the UN Millennium Development Goals of bringing water and sanitation to emerging regions. The bi-annual event offers attendees a forum for sharing experiences and discussing challenges and solutions. 


Past Conferences

2019  |  2017  |  2015

2013  |  2011  |  2009


Two full days of presentations and networking opportunities include oral and poster sessions that address an array of water related topics, such as assessment of WASH interventions, behavior change, climate change, fluoride effects and mitigation, gender and social equity, hydro-philanthropy, social entrepreneurship and water technologies for emerging regions.

The conference provides other opportunities for attendees including keynote speeches from leading WASH professionals, panel discussions on relevant WASH topics, related outreach programs for local school-aged children and post-conference workshops.

Conference Goal

A goal of the conference planners is to provide attendees opportunities for collaborative and informative gatherings to foster sustainable WASH solutions through integrating technology, business and social understanding. 

Conference Banquet

The highlight of the conference occurs at the banquet where the University of Oklahoma International Water Prize is awarded to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of water supply and sanitation for developing regions.

The conference attracts water and sanitation experts, students, and other interested participants from academia, industry, NGOs, governments and foundations representing countries from around the world, all with the common goal of bringing water and sanitation to developing regions. 

The next conference will be held Sept. 26-27, 2022.