Water Research Foundation Web Seminar Series

Our web seminar series features scientific experts who discuss research topics and answer your questions. No special equipment or software is needed to participate – just a web browser and phone. Our Web Seminar Series is a resource designed for you and your organization. To make the most of these learning opportunities, we’d like to know what topics would be of interest to you in a future web seminar. Please send your ideas to bswartz@waterrf.org.

Professional Development Hours (PDH)
We will offer verification of program attendance for web seminar attendees to use toward Professional Development Hours (PDHs). While we calculate educational credits following a standardized method that is widely accepted by many certification and licensing agencies, many states differ in the types and/or numbers of credits they will approve for specific educational events. Because of this, participants are responsible for exploring their state requirements and for ensuring that WE&RF web seminar participation credits are accepted. To find out about PDH requirements or licensure and/or certification, contact your state/territory licensure board.

2018 Web Seminars

December: Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) for Prioritization of Emerging Contaminant Research Needs
Wednesday, December 11, 2018 6:00 pm ET (5:00 pm CT, 4:00 pm MT, 3:00 pm PT)
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 10:00 am AEDT (Sydney)
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Research agencies, water utilities, regulators, and others are faced with diverse research needs, including the need to better understand and manage risks associated with emerging chemical contaminants. Since available funds are always limited, it is necessary to prioritize research efforts and expenditure. The prioritization of research topics at a particular organization is dependent upon that organization’s responsibilities, concerns, attitude to risk, and their willingness to lead. Furthermore, priorities are influenced by external factors such as identified knowledge gaps and the likelihood of future regulatory controls. This webcast will describe a newly developed tool-based technique for Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) to the prioritization of emerging contaminant research needs. Participants will learn about the fundamental concepts that underpin the MCDA process, as well as the practical application of the tool. This webcast is recommended for anyone with a responsibility or interest in the prioritization of research needs, specifically for research relating to emerging chemical contaminants. This was a Global Water Research Coalition project and partners include: Veolia, WSAA, Water Research Australia, PUB Singapore, Water Research Commission (Singapore), TZW (German Water Technology Centre), KWR Water Cycle Research Institute.
Stuart Khan, Senior Research Fellow, University of New South Wales Water Research Centre
Stephanie Rinck-Pfeiffer, PhD, Global Water Research Coalition

December: Occurrence of Microplastics in Water…Size Does Matter!
Thursday, December 13, 2018   3:00 - 4:30 pm ET
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Join WRF for a webcast on the Occurrence of Microplastics in Water….Size Does Matter! Many believe that microplastics (MPs) may cause significant water quality problems and injure aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. This webcast will improve your understanding of the occurrence, exposure, fate, transport, and toxicological relevance of microplastics and provide current insights on the topic, share key knowledge gaps based on peer-reviewed literature, and present late-breaking information. Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the difference between microplastics and macroplastics, the state of the science of measurement methods, and current removal technologies. The speakers will discuss the following topics:
Recent findings from a WRF white paper, Microplastics in the Aquatic Environment
Overview of new collaborative research
Current global activities and trends sharing case study examples 
Knowledge gaps and research needs
Allen Burton, Ph.D., University of Michigan School of Natural Resources Environment
Belinda Sturm, University of Kansas
Per Henrik Nielsen, VandCenterSyd

Additional web seminars are currently being planned. Please check back for updates.

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Water Reuse Association Web Seminar Series

Additional Web Seminars In This Series Are Currently Being Planned
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LIFT Web Seminars

LIFT 2018 Technology Webinar Series

Join us online to learn about the latest innovative technologies that can help you achieve the Utility of the Future! 
Online broadcasts are from 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET (* to 1:15 PM ET)



October 16 Nutrient Recovery*

Saltworks- Ammonia Splitter; Renewable Nutrients- QuickWash; PRD Tech- Nutrient Recovery

November 6 Early-Stage
New Limits Technology: Bow Reactor; Mango Materials: Biogas into Biodegradable Plastics; T2C Energy-Biogas Triforming GTL; Purafide: Plasma Water Reactor + more


  • Presentations are open to all subscribers of the newly merged Water Research Foundation. (Note: There are only 100 seats – register early!) 
  • To learn more about the presenting technologies, or to see past presentation please visit http://liftlink.werf.org 
  • For more information, contact Aaron Fisher at afisher@werf.org

Asset Management Web Seminars

Find out more about the various components of SIMPLE with these four web seminars.

Web Seminar Archive

Visit the web seminar archive to access descriptions and recordings of past WE&RF seminars.

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health

August: Pathogens and Human Health
Water Use in the Multi-Family Housing Sector