The 2016 SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize

February 15th, 2016


The next ECR poster competition will be held in 2018.

The SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize is intended to raise awareness of technological development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application. The competition is open to all ‘early career researchers’ to include undergraduate and postgraduate students either in full time education or within the first 4 years of employment within their area of expertise.

For full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, please see the Flyer

The winner of the 2016 prize was Zoe Goddard of the University of East Anglia, with her work on ‘Optically-Profiling Diffusible Iron Concentrations in Sediment Pore Water’Zoe said:

The SWIG Early Careers Researcher Poster competition was an amazing experience for me. The water industry is an area with lots of prospects for exciting innovation and I was honoured to win this award with so much amazing research on display. It has greatly increased my confidence in my research and my ability to present it to a wider audience. I look forward to continuing my research and seeing where this idea can go. I would like to thank my supervisor, Dr. Andrew Mayes, for all his support throughout my project.”

Zoe was presented with a trophy and cheque for £1,200 during the gala dinner at WWEM 2016, where she had earlier presented her research in the poster exhibition area entitled ‘Optically-Profiling Diffusible Iron Concentrations in Sediment Pore Water’.


Congratulations also go to the winner of the 2nd prize of £500, Elena Koutsoumpeli of the University of York for her cutting edge research into the use of affimers (artificial antibodies) for the detection of environmental contaminants ‘Antibody-mimetics for the detection of environmental contaminants’. Congratulations also to the winner of the 3rd prize of £200, Kevin Martins of the University of Bath for his research into a ground breaking use of radar to study ‘Wave propagation in the surf zone’.