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dt-2018Call for papers

The 6th International Dry Toilet Conference 2018 – Dry Toilet Goes Circular was held in Tampere, Finland on 22nd – 24th August 2018. The conference venue was Hiedanranta, a former industrial area by the Lake Näsijärvi converted into a platform for experiments and innovations on modern urban planning and practices of circular economy. The venue features a unique dry sanitation system, making it especially suitable for the conference.

The theme of the conference was Dry Toilet Goes Circular with a focus on Cooperation, Co-creation and Experimentation.  Building on the experiences and the excellent feedback from the previous conferences, the aim of the conference was to act as a forum for various stakeholders to meet and discuss sustainable sanitation and its practices all over the world.

This year the majority of the papers were presented at interactive, result-oriented workshops, where a variety of themes was covered and the results of the discussions was shared with the entire conference audience at plenary sessions. Selected participants were also assigned the honour and responsibility of acting as co-chairs of these workshop sessions, being thus able to gain experience in managing discussion and taking notes.

Download the PDF version: DT Conference 2018: Call for papers (PDF)

We invited abstracts on the following themes:

-          Implemented practices of ecological sanitation
-          Menstrual health and gender equality
-          Research on the safe use of excreta and/or urine
-          Social and cultural aspects of sustainable sanitation
-          Sanitation and nutrient recycling in business
-          Cross-organisational cooperation and co-creation
-          Hi- and low-tech solutions in urban/rural environment
-          Ecosan meets water-food-energy nexus
-          Promoting sustainable sanitation and nutrient recycling among different stakeholders
-          Community engagement
-          Other topics fitting to the overall scope of the event

The contents of the abstracts

Abstracts should answer the following questions: Why? How? and So What?
In more detail:  What was the objective? What was done and how? Which methods were used? What were the results and the lessons learned?

You can download the layout of the abstract in word-file Layout-of-abstract-2018.

Abstract format
Font: Times New Roman (font size 11)
Page: A4
Margins: 2.5 cm or 1 inch (left, right, top, bottom)
Alignment: Fully justified to right and left margins
Spacing: Single
File format: Microsoft Word 97 – 2010 -format or RTF-format
Length: 400 – 500 words fitted on one A4 format page
Author designation: Place an asterisk (*) after the presenting author
Keywords: Add three to five keywords at the end

All the abstracts were peer reviewed by our international and highly qualified Scientific Committee.

Please note that the extended deadline for abstracts was on 15.02.2018 and we no longer accept abstracts. Acceptance of abstracts have been sent to authors and full papers were due on 15.04.2018 (Layout of full paper).


Selected papers will be peer reviewed for publication in IWA Publishing’s journals Water Science and Technology, Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, or Water Practice and Technology. Specifications for the formatting of papers are available on the IWAP website at

Dates to remember

16.10.2017        Registration opens
15.12.2017        Deadline for abstracts
15.01.2018        Extended deadline for abstract
15.02.2018        Notification of acceptance
15.04.2018        Deadline for Full Papers
15.05.2018        Due date for registration fee of participants giving oral or poster presentations
31.05.2018        Early bird registration closes
15.06.2018        Extended early bird registration closes
31.07.2018        Normal fee registration closes (late fee applicable 1.-24.8.2018)
22.-24.08.2018    The Conference
22.-24.08.2018    Dry Toilet Goes Circular – exhibition