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The Planning Committee of the 2024 Colorado WASH Symposium is excited to announce that the Symposium will be a hybrid event held on March 7th & 8th, 2024. 

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Call for Abstracts

Although the symposium will be primarily in English, we welcome French and Spanish abstracts as we will have translation support available in French and Spanish for both presenters and attendees. Submissions are encouraged from both international and domestic WASH efforts, especially those which are collaborative and/or interactive. If you plan to submit for a panel session or workshop, please consider unique or innovative presentation options to foster audience participation. 

How to Apply

Abstract submission deadline is extended to the 1st of December 2023! Applications should click this survey link to provide logistical and contact information, and to submit an abstract. Please note that the abstract submission form is also available in Spanish and French. Both versions can be accessed through the same link.

2024 Symposium Themes

  • Sovereignty & Justice
  • Climate Change, Resilient WASH & Adaptation
  • WASH in Emergency Settings 
  • Availability & Accessibility
  • The Future of WASH 


(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 collective knowledge in the field of water, sanitation, and hygiene in both domestic and international contexts. The symposium brings together leaders and WASH practitioners in social enterprises, the private sector, NGOs, academia, and development agencies. The Colorado WASH Symposium is deliberately small and intimate - designed around in-depth conversations and unrushed sessions where each individual’s contribution is valued.

Inclusion and Accessibility

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. If you are planning to attend this event and require accommodations, please contact (your department/contact here) no later than 7 days before the event. We will make all reasonable efforts to fulfill requests submitted after the deadline.

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. 

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