In 2015, four and a half billion people lacked access to safely managed sanitation. Despite good progress since the implementation of the sustainable development goals, 892 million still defecated in the open, and over two billion lacked safely managed drinking water services. Furthermore, it is estimated that by 2025 half of the world’s population will live in water-stressed areas. As vital and basic as it is, adequate WASH services remain a huge challenge, putting billions of people, especially children, at risk: WASH-related infections cause around a million deaths in children under the age of five every year.

This conference aims to provide a platform for early career researchers to meet and share cutting-edge research and thinking on these contemporary issues. We believe that collaboration, innovation and higher-level thinking across broad disciplines are key to sustainably and creatively solving the world’s challenges in WASH.

We are proud to announce our two Keynote Speakers for the 3rd ECR WASH conference:

Dani Barrington
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Dani is a Lecturer at University of Leeds, where she is Deputy Lead for the Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering Research Group, and co-leads the Master of Science in Water, Sanitation and Health Engineering. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Humanitarian Engineering and an Editorial Board member for Waterlines. Dani has worked as a practitioner and researcher in several countries, most notably in the South Pacific and South Asia. Her participatory research and teaching focuses on ensuring that everyone has access to the products and facilities that they want to use, regardless of their income or the country they call home. She believes that there is more to well-being than economic development, and that although technology plays a crucial role, it alone cannot solve all of our water, sanitation and hygiene challenges.

Camila Garbutt
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Camila Garbutt is the Nutrition Security & Public Health Advisor for the international NGO, People In Need, and has previously worked for Doctors Without Borders, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger. For the past 10 years, she has been directly implementing, managing and advising multi-sectoral projects with collaborations with governments and the academic sector in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Abstract submissions

We are keen to hear about your research, and we especially encourage you to consider the following questions:

  • How did collaboration across disciplines, institutions, or borders benefit the research outcome?
  • What is the impact of the research beyond the immediate academic audience?
  • How could the research findings be translated into practice?

We invite abstract submissions for:

  • oral presentation
  • posters
  • a single-slide presentation as part of a three-minute thesis competition for students

They should fall within the context of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene.

Please email us at with your abstract stating for which kind of presentation you would like to be considered.

Abstracts should be no more than 400 words and should clearly and concisely summarise your research.

Key dates

Deadline abstract submission: extended to 15 August
Notification of acceptance: 20th August
Deadline to register: extended to 26th August

Event Programme

09.30 Registration, tea and coffee
10.00 Welcoming address
10.15 Session 1, with keynote and oral presentations
12.30 Lunch and poster session
13.30 Session 2, with keynote and oral presentations
15.40 Session 3, with panel discussion and 3 Minute Thesis Competition
17.45 Close of day

Location and travel details

B52a (Vincent Building)
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

- Road: we are 10 minutes from junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway.
There is free parking on campus.
- Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford rail stations
- Bus: the “Uno Bus” travels to Cranfield University from Bedford bus station and Milton Keynes rail station

Find out more about travelling to Cranfield University, including the link to register your vehicle for parking.

Who should attend

Masters students, PhD students, researchers and practitioners in WASH with less than 10 years of experience in the field.


£25 for attendees (reduced price for Bachelor and Master students: £15) Exhibition stands available for £45