Call for Abstracts – closing 30th October 2018

Call for ideas for projects that could help solve some of the problems associated with identifying, including or supplying solutions for people that are being left behind regarding access to water and sanitation (SDG6).

Flagship Projects (Plenary Sessions on Day 1)

These are innovations or policy ideas that have already been well researched, and that are looking for seed funding to start the programme. The winning project will receive an award at the Awards Dinner and will receive funding from the main Sponsor to develop the idea further. Projects can run for at least a year, for presentation of progress at the next year’s Summit on LNOB in February 2020.

Exploratory Project Ideas (Panel Sessions on Day 2)

For ideas that have yet to be tested, but that have potential to solve a particular issue or problem associated with enabling access to water and sanitation. Chosen projects will have the opportunity to present papers at the Summit and be considered for pilot funding from the sponsoring organisation/s. Pilot projects and funding need to be finalised within 6 months so that results can be presented at World Water Week at the end of August.

Decisions on abstracts will be made by the Summit Scientific Committee (SSC), and participants will be informed by the end of November 2018.

Abstract Formatting

The 1st World Summit on Leaving No One Behind welcomes abstracts for the Exploratory and Flagship Sessions that aim to incorporate science and policy for water and sanitation challenges linked to the issue of Leaving No One Behind. Experts, academics, water professionals, and stakeholders from all disciplines – including science, policy, economics, management, and governance – who wish to present their ideas and research during the Congress must submit abstracts from September 1st to October 30th, 2018. Abstract proposals must be prepared in English and submitted to The abstract form can be downloaded below. Abstracts should clearly describe the ideas for research, project, study, or paper (“project”) in under 500 words and include:

  • The purpose or thesis of the project
  • A summary of the key issue(s) or problem(s) addressed;
  • The methodology or procedures used;
  • A summary of the results or conclusions to be derived from the project;
  • A summary of the implications of the project or its results; and
  • Incorporate a science-policy dimension.

Abstracts should not include graphs, charts, diagrams, images, references, or citations. Abstracts will be reviewed by the SSC on a rolling basis. All authors of accepted abstracts (for both exploratory and flagship sessions) are expected to prepare and submit a paper, due on 15th January, for review by sponsors and inclusion in the Summit Proceedings.

Abstract submission

Download the Abstract Submission Form here and send it to Make sure to submit Your abstract by October 30th!