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Abstract submission is now closed.

Once the paper is accepted, at least one of the authors must register for the conference and present the paper at the conference.

You may submit as many abstracts as you wish. If, after the review by the committee, you have more than one paper accepted for the conference, you will need to register to attend, and pay an additional paper fee for each additional paper (i.e., for the 2nd, 3rd, 4th papers – not the 1st). Please note this is for papers that you are the presenting author of, not papers that you are co-author of.

Abstracts of all accepted contributions will be included within the online abstract system which will be distributed to all registered conference participants.

Successfully submitted abstracts will be acknowledged with an electronic receipt including an abstract reference number, which should be quoted in all correspondence. Allow at least 2 hours for your receipt to be returned to you.

For revisions or queries regarding papers already submitted:

If you do not receive acknowledgement for your abstract submission or you wish to make any essential revisions to an abstract already submitted, please DO NOT RESUBMIT your abstract, as this may lead to duplication. Please contact the Conference Content Executive(opens in new tab/window) with details of any revisions or queries. Please quote your reference number if you have one.

Conference topics

  • Membrane-based pre-treatments (ultrafiltration, microfiltration)

  • Advanced chemical pre-treatment and post-treatment processes

  • Membrane desalination (reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, forward osmosis, pressure retarded osmosis)

  • Thermal desalination processes (membrane distillation and pervaporation)

  • Electrochemical systems for selective desalination and polishing (electrodialysis, capacitive deionisation)

  • Membrane fouling, scaling and mitigation

  • Advanced materials (biomimetic water, 2D membranes and ion channel membranes)

  • Emerging desalination and non-conventional water production technologies

  • Novel hybrid systems and intensification efforts

  • Spacers and modules design and hydrodynamics control

  • Brine/concentrate management and valorisation

  • Resources recovery from brine

  • Energy and sustainability, life cycle and economic evaluation

  • Membrane materials recycling and upcycling

  • Pandemic impact on desalination processes

  • R&D in desalination and commercial operation of membranes for desalination

Workshops and tours

The following pre-conference workshops will be held on Sunday 19 November from 14:00-17:00.

These complimentary workshops are available to all registered conference delegates.

Membrane Recycling (Co-organised by Cetaqua)

This workshop on membrane recycling and reuse aims to explore the current state of the art in the recycling of membrane materials used in various industrial applications. Membranes are widely used in desalination, freshwater treatment and other restrictive applications due to their high efficiency and selectivity. However, the disposal of used membranes is a significant challenge due to their complex composition and potential environmental impact. This workshop will bring together experts from academia, industry, and government to discuss the latest research and development in membrane recycling technologies. The topics covered in this workshop will include the challenges and opportunities in membrane recycling, and the economic and environmental implications of membrane recycling. The goal of this workshop is to provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and knowledge to advance the field of membrane recycling and promote sustainable practices in membrane-based industries.


Brine Concentration Management and Valorization

Brine management from desalination and industrial facilities received increasing interest due to its potential adverse impacts on the environment. To overcome this problem and in the context of circular economy, brine treatment and valorization is considered a promising strategy to eliminate brine discharge and recover valuable resources such as water, minerals, metals, and energy. This workshop aims at gathering brine valorization experts to identify latest state of the art of brine recovery and valorization approach which will include not only technical aspect but also integrated approaches as well as environmental and economic considerations that will pave the way for a sustainable valorization of brine in current water treatment schemes. This workshop will be a place of exchange of ideas and knowledge with a panel of academics and industry participants to discuss the advance in the field and promote best practices towards a sustainable management of brines.

Author Workshop: The publishing landscape

Knowing the best way to identify the most appropriate journal to send your paper to can be difficult but really helps to get your paper accepted. This talk aims to give participants a clear idea of the publishing landscape and provides detailed insights into identifying the right journal before starting to write a paper. Authors are also made aware of what aspects of their papers Editors and Publishers look at critically, and to ensure that in taking care of these areas, their papers are much more likely to be accepted.

The Desalination Editorial team will provide some practical examples and insights on what they deem to be a good paper.

Post-conference technical tour

Places on the technical tour are now sold out.

A tour to Llobregat Seawater Desalination Plant and Llobregat Drinking Water Treatment Plant has been arranged for Thursday 23 November 2023.

Please note that places are limited, and the tour is subject to a minimum number of bookings. To book your place on the tour please do so via the conference registration site.

Booking deadline: Monday 13 November 2023

Return Transportation by coach and a packed lunch is provided. Pick-up and drop-off will be at Melia Sitges Hotel.

Price per person: €45 EUR + VAT

Tour times

08:50am: Pick-up at Melia Sitges Hotel

10.00am: Llobregat Seawater Desalination Plant Tour

12:00pm: Lunch at Desalination Plant

14:00pm: Llobregat Drinking Water Treatment Plant Tour

17:00pm: Drop-off at Melia Sitges Hotel


Llobregat Seawater Desalination Plant: Avinguda Estany del Port, 4, 08820 El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona)

Llobregat DWTP: Carrer Can Moragues, 5, 08630 Abrera (Barcelona)

Tour details

The tour will start visiting the Desalination Plant of Llobregat. The plant can produce up to 2 m3/s of product water to be pumped in the distribution network of Barcelona metropolitan area which supplies water to 4,5 million of inhabitants. Water treatment process consists on:

  • Sea water collection

  • Pre-treatment with flotation, gravity filtration, pressure filtration and cartridge filtration

  • Reverse Osmosis system

  • Post-treatment and final disinfection

The tour will be completed visiting the Llobregat Drinking Water Treatment Plant (DWTP) located in Abrera (Barcelona). This DWTP can produce up to 3,2 m3/s and it has the largest Reverse electrodialysis (RED) for surface water treatment in the world. The water treatment consists on:

  • Pre-treatment with an oxidation with permanganate

  • Coagulation/flocculation/clarification

  • Filtration (sand and CAG)

  • RED

  • Post-treatment and final disinfection

  • Storage

Llobregat Seawater Desalination Plant & Llobregat DWTP

Post-conference special issue of Desalination

A special issue will be published after the conference in Desalination(opens in new tab/window).  Submissions will be open to presenters of both oral and poster papers. All full paper submissions in this special issue will be peer reviewed and evaluated by guest editors of the special issue. A number of full papers from the previous special issues after MEMDES conferences were published and have been cited well.

Desalination special issue cover image