Symposium - Unconventional Gas: Just the facts (GWD, WISA)

Event Date: 
18 Aug 08:00 - 19 Aug 16:00
Event Description: 

The symposium will be held on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th August at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. The centre is situated in Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria and is easily accessible by Gautrain, as well as being well signposted from the N1 offramp. The CSIR Conference Centre website: has a map to the venue as well as GPS co-ordinates and suggested routes indicating how to navigate there by Gautrain. 

The previous MWD and GWD symposia typically attract around 300 delegates; we believe we will exceed this number and are aiming to attract between 350 and 500 delegates from industrial, regulatory, research, and civil society organisations who are working in the water and wastewater sector in South Africa or other countries undertaking the exploitation of unconventional gas resources. These delegates will come from the following backgrounds:

  • Universities
  • Provincial and national water, environment, and mining-related government departments
  • Engineers, managers and educators
  • Natural and social scientists, biologists and hydrologists
  • Resource economists and management agencies
  • Representatives of water boards and industry
  • Policy-makers, consultants, stakeholders and relevant NGOs

The two-day symposium will include invited presentations from industrial, regulatory, research, and civil society organisations. A panel discussion, poster presentations, a social function, and ample opportunity for networking and discussion will also be included.  
The symposium utilises a master mailing list of over 6000 individual e-mail addresses of people, organisations and associations in the water industry in South Africa and other SADC countries. Conference notifications will be sent out regularly between now and the symposium to everyone on this list. Sponsoring organisations will have their names added to these notifications as they come ‘on board’.
There will be Exhibition opportunities at the symposium venue where tea and coffee breaks and daily lunches will take place. Participants are invited to exhibit their services and/or equipment. 

For delegates attending both days of the symposium, the estimated registration fees are as

  • R2000 excl. VAT per WISA or GWD member*; and
  • R2600 excl. VAT for non-WISA or GWD members for attendance of the two-day symposium.

*NB: Students can join WISA or GWD free of charge (only a small admission fee applies), to qualify
for the member discount.

The social event will not be included in the registration fee, but will be an option available during the registration process. Fees will be confirmed nearer the date of the symposium, and registration will be via an online system on the WISA website (

The symposium will carry CPD accreditation of two points, accredited by ECSA and IMESA.
Certificates will be available at the venue.

An exhibition will be held concurrently with the symposium and 3 m x 3 m exhibition space can be
booked with the Secretariat for a nominal fee on a first-come-first-served basis. Organizations wishing to exhibit are requested to contact the Secretariat for further information.

  • R 10,000 plus VAT for commercial organisations 
  • R 8,000 plus VAT for academic institutions and non-profit associations/societies.

Exhibition package – includes:

  • 3m × 3m floorspace in the space  where tea- and lunch-breaks will take place.
  • One trestle table (no tablecloth) and two chairs.
  • One self-standing poster board.
  • Teas, lunches and attendance at the social functions for one person staffing the stand.
  • A list of delegates with their contact details.
  • A delegate bag with the symposium documentation in.
  • Exhibitors are welcome to supply their own shell schemes if they wish, although shells will not be provided.

Please contact the Events Manager if you wish to book an exhibition stand. A floor plan is available and tables can be booked on a first-come-first-served basis.

Click to view the Full 2nd Announcement (and Programme)

Click here for the Sponsorship & Exhibition brochure

Contact details: Mr Jaco Seaman, Events Manager, Water Institute of Southern Africa.
Tel no.: 011 805 3537 | Fax no.: 011 315 1258 | Email: events [at] wisa [dot] org [dot] za