Call for Abstracts

Abstracts finalised for FSM5!

All abstracts selected for either an oral presentation or poster were notified in the beginning of October. Some of our emails may have arrived in your spam folder. Kindly click the link below to see a list of selected abstracts. 

List of selected abstracts

The call for abstracts is closed!

                      Submissions were accepted until 30 June 2018 11:59 pm CET. The abstracts are currently being reviewed. The authors whose papers have been accepted will be contacted as soon as the papers are finalized.

Managing and regulating Fecal Sludge as a utility service. Models that work.


The fifth FSM conference continues its mission to further advocate and share best practice and innovations to improve how faceal sludge is managed and contribute to meeting the sanitation needs of 4.5 billion people lacking access to sustainable sanitation services. To meet these sanitation needs, the sector professionals, policy makers, utilities, development partners, investors, industries and service providers must continue to coordinate, innovate and share key learnings to provide affordable solutions at scale. This conference focuses on practical and applicable solutions to improve and sustainable manage the whole FSM (on-site/non-sewered sanitation) service chain covering the toilet, containment, emptying, transport, treatment and reuse.


The committee encourages abstract submissions from public and private sanitation service providers, development banks, non-government organizations (NGOs), consultants, industry, applied researchers and scientists to submit abstracts for presentations in the three tracks outlined below. A limited number of presentation slots are available and preference will be given to abstracts that present practical and applicable solutions.


The FSM conference provides a platform to share the latest practical, applied innovation and solutions that work at scale, for cities, countries, utilities, small and medium enterprises. The FSM conference also provides a platform for development banks, commercial banks and private investors to share with their clients the latest tools for developing bankable projects. To showcase the latest innovation and updates the conference has three parallel tracks: Case studies (Track 1); Industry and Exhibition (Track 2); and Applied Research (Track 3). In addition to the three tracks, the conference organizers will host roundtable peer-to-peer exchange forums with stakeholders, including government officials, mayors, donors, utilities, pit emptiers and regulators to help facilitate implementation of best practices following FSM5. The conference will also feature FSM skills competitions to highlights best professional talents in the sector.


The focus of the 2019 FSM5 conference will be examples that:

  • Demonstrate that FSM can be structured and regulated as a utility service;
  • Promote service delivery in partnership with private service providers; and
  • Highlight best examples of FSM investments from commercial banks and private investors.

The exhibition will highlight technologies, approaches and products that enhance service providers’ performance and accountability, financial profitability or solutions that remove pathogens from human waste and turn fecal sludge into a commercial commodity.

The FSM5 will be jointly hosted with AMCOW AfricaSan5.

  • arrow_drop_downFSM City Case Studies Track (1) Submit

    This track will present examples of integrated FSM service provision that successfully provide and manage FSM services and infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries. The case studies should be strongly evidence-based, including data on population served, and lessons learned from successes and failures.

    FSM Case Studies should address one or several of the following issues:

    • Policy, financing and institutional models
      • Financing for SMEs, Utilities and tariff structure
      • Financing pit emptying equipment and treatment plants
      • Regulations, certification, adoption of standards, PPP contracts and key performance indicators
      • Utility or service providers business models
      • Impact of service coverage
      • Evolution of the services – and lessons learned along the way
      • Future plans and developments
      • Building skills and capacities of existing staffs
      • Professionalizing management and operational issues such as integrity
    • Learning from innovative pilots for scale application
      • Case studies on ISO 24521 adoption
      • Financially profitable treatment plants and their business models
      • Practical pilots which show promise for future scaling up
      • Addressing innovation, what is working, what is not working
      • Key challenges to date – and plans to overcome them
  • arrow_drop_downFSM Industry and Exhibition Track (2) Submit

    This track will focus on providing an outreach platform for FSM tools, products and services across the entire FSM value chain. It will create a physical space to interact, demonstrate and learn from practical evidence, disseminate information and build alliances. This includes options/solutions for:

    • Successful entrepreneur models in FSM service delivery
    • Innovation in project financing from commercial banks and private investors
    • Safe capture and containment (toilets waste processing technologies and their interfaces),
    • Technologies and products that meet ISO 30500 specs
    • Monitoring and evaluation of FSM
    • Emptying and transportation (manual, mechanical pit emptying equipment and products)
    • FSM capacity development (for consultants, utilities, Universities, private service providers)
  • arrow_drop_downFSM Applied Research Track (3) Submit

    This track will focus on applied research results that include practice-based evidence of solutions to the multiple dimensions of FSM service provisions across the entire FSM service chain. The research should be applicable for low- and middle-income countries, assess scalability and how it addresses knowledge and data gaps in FSM. Abstracts must have a clear statement of the practical research application; purely theoretical research will not be considered.

    The following research themes will be considered in this track:

    • Technology aspects (innovative technologies - front-end and back-end, emptying, dewatering, transportation, treatment and resource recovery)
    • Financial aspects (innovative financing and business models)
    • Institutional arrangements (regulation, enforcement and accountability, local stakeholder coordination and collaboration, planning and/or implementing FSM services, including in the context of citywide sanitation)
    • Social aspects (user demand, promotion, behavior change and engagement, user demand, promotion,  willingness to pay, gender dimensions)
    • Characterization and quantification at scale (standardized approaches at community and city-wide scale)
    • Health, safety and hygiene (safely managed FSM services that limit health risk exposure to users, service providers and in resource recovery)


Digital host of FSM5


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Eawag-Sandec
  • Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
  • Inclusive Sanitation in Practice (IPS)
  • Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Water Research Commission (WRC)