Register now for the 2017 WASH Symposium!

The 2017 WASH Symposium is right around the corner should be one of our best yet. The themes of this year's event are behavior change, business of WASH, humanitarian, refugee, and other challenging contexts, social dimensions of WASH, systems of WASH, and technology and instrument innovation. Register here to let us know you are coming and to receive updates as the symposium approaches. Below is a list of the current confirmed participants:

  • Daniele Lantagne, Tufts University
  • Darren Saywell, Plan International
  • John Sauer, PSI director
  • Maria (Ella) Lazarte Sr. Water and San; USAID
  • Arumugam "AK" Kalimuthu,  WASH Institute
  • Greg Allgood, World Vision
  • Elynn Walter, IRC
  • Evan Thomas, Portland State University
  • Jessica Kaminsky, University of Washington
  • Paul Christian Namphy, Haiti’s Water and Sanitation Authority
  • Yi Wei, iDE
  • Lakhdar Boukerrou, USAID WA-WASH Project
  • Christina Barstow, Millennium Change Corporation

As we continue to organize and update this list, feel free to explore past WASH Symposium Programs and to read feedback from our attendees. 

Additionally, the CU WASH Club is now calling for abstracts from motivated students and/or professionals who wish to present their work at the 2017 Symposium. For more information, please see the Call for Abstracts page and submit an abstract prior to February 3rd, 2017. Student travel grants are also be available, so please check the Student Travel Grants page for more information.

If you have any questions about the WASH 2017 Symposium or want to learn more about how to attend, please email washsymposium@colorado.edu


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Colorado WASH Symposium: A Brief History

In 2012, a small interdisciplinary group of students interested in issues in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector applied for a small Engineering Excellence Fund grant to support a panel discussion on WASH. With their enthusiasm, the panel discussion grew to a two-day symposium with speakers from the World Bank, FHI 360, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a host of local businesses and NGOs engaged in WASH activities. The event attracted over 140 participants, from different backgrounds and disciplines, and fostered provocative debate and collaboration between important players within the WASH sector. 

The WASH Symposium is still coordinated by students at CU-Boulder, and continues to grow in popularity with WASH professionals from around the world. 

See what our speakers have had to say about previous years! Jonathan Annis (WASHplus) 2013, Katie Borden (Improve International) 2015, and Darren Saywell (PLAN International) 2015. 


(i) Bring experts in the WASH sector as speakers to highlight promising global approaches to selected topics

(ii) Feature exciting, recent work in the WASH sector of students, professors, researchers, development practitioners and social entrepreneurs from Colorado. 


The intent of the Colorado WASH Symposium is to provide a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in the context of development. The symposium brings together leaders and WASH practitioners in social enterprises, the  private sector, NGOs, academia, and development agencies.