Registration and housing is now open for WEFTEC 2016, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 89th annual technical exhibition and conference. Scheduled for September 24-28 at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center, WEFTEC is the best place for WEF members and water professionals from around the world to learn, connect, and explore new, transformative ways to manage and create the future water.
Representing all water, all the time, the 2016 technical program and award-winning exhibition includes 130 technical sessions, 29 workshops, seven local facility tours, numerous events, and more than 900 exhibitors who will show off the latest developments, research, solutions, and cutting-edge technologies. A wide range of topics within more than 30 focus areas allow attendees to design their own, unique learning experience with the opportunity to earn continuing education credits. Attendees will also find increased opportunities to interact directly with global water experts through mobile sessions, product demonstrations, the popular Innovation Showcase, and more than a dozen specially designed pavilions.
Providing the best of both worlds for stormwater professionals will be the popular Stormwater Congress. Once again co-located with WEFTEC, it will feature focused programming and provide access to all conference exhibitors, including those in the 5,000 sq ft Stormwater Pavilion.
The Opening General Session will kick off the conference with an inspirational presentation from keynote speaker Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust—a non-profit organization that protects and restores freshwater ecosystems through science, technology, and incentive-based solutions. Whitworth will share his efforts to chart a new course for conservation by drawing on lessons from the world’s most tech-savvy, high-impact organizations to develop and implement a no-nonsense strategy that makes real gains for the environment.
Other conference highlights include the high-profile Water Leaders session; the popular Mix with Members reception; the annual community outreach project; special sessions for the oil and gas industry as well as a session featuring the video-based educational format (Interactive Knowledge Exchange – IKE); poster sessions, the design competition, the 29th annual Operations Challenge competition, and more.