Sensing in Water 2017

27-28 September 2017, Nottingham Belfry.

Meaningful measurement from the micro to the macro scale’

Our 4th biennial conference and exhibition was a great success, with 161 water industry professionals and 40 exhibitors over the 2 days of the conference and exhibition at the Nottingham Belfry.

We would like to say a special thanks for the support from our:



Media Partners

Scroll down for more info including presentations which can be downloaded in pdf format.

The provisional dates for Sensing in Water 2019 are the 25 & 26 September 2019, so save the dates in your diary!

Professor Sam Kounaves, our after dinner speaker

Our delegates comprised water companies, regulators, researchers, suppliers and consultants. We held a gala dinner on 27th September, with a fascinating speech by Professor Sam Kounaves of the University of Tufts, US and Imperial College. Thank you to everyone’s generosity during the gala dinner – we raised £583.60 for Water Aid! This money will be used to improve access to clean water and sanitation by Water Aid.

The over arching theme of Sensing in Water was:

“Meaningful measurement from the micro to the macro scale”

Justin Dunning, Chairman of SWIG

Andy Blackhall, Keynote speaker on 27 September gave us a good overview of Welsh Water Dwr Cymru’s monitoring strategy.

Chris Thomas, Keynote speaker on 28 September gave us a fascinating overview of the Environment Agency monitoring programme.

Presentations can be downloaded in pdf format from the links below:

Sensing in Water 2017: Day 1 – 27th September

Keynote Speaker – Andy Blackhall, Strategy Manager, Dwr Cymru Welsh WaterMicro to macro

Sensor design & perfromance

  1. Mark Platt, University of Loughborough: A Tunable Nanopore Sensor for the Detection of Metal Ions
  2. Zoe Ayres, University of Warwick: Development of a boron doped diamond pH electrode – improving on current pH sensing technologies
  3. Stefan Zimmermann, Sigrist Photometer AG:BactoSense to measure Total Cell Count
  4. Adam Gilmore, HORIBA Scientific Edison: Comprehensive water quality sensing with a simultaneous UV-VIS absorbance & fluorescence excitation-emission mapping sensor.

Sensors for treatment works

  1. Jo Lamont, Z-Tech: Challenging Instrumentation Installations
  2. Alice Elder, Affinity Water & Jeff Stubbs, Anatune: Online monitoring of metaldehyde
  3. Kieran Khamis, Uni of Birmingham: Real-time monitoring of BOD
  4. John Brewington, Severn Trent Water: Monitoring in Severn Trent Water’s Model Areas

Sensing in Water 2017: Day 2 – 28th September

Keynote Speaker – Chris Thomas, Deputy Director, Monitoring, Analysis & Innovation, Environment Agency: Making the most of our environmental data – an Environment Agency perspective

Sensors for networks & infrastructure

  1. Pete Skipworth, EMS:Reducing Wastewater Hydraulic Capacity Flood Risk through Monitoring and Autonomous Local Control
  2. Alistair MacKinnon, Pulsar-PM: MicroFlow-i Low Power Velocity Measurement
  3. Mark Hendy, Syrinix & Fionn Boyle, Anglian Water: Pressure Transient event source and location detection
  4. Alistair Kitching, Reece Innovation: More silicon, less concrete

Sensors for catchments

  1. John Kupiec, Environment Agency: Earth Observation to Support Water Quality Monitoring
  2. Tom Lendrem, PMA: Monitoring in the cloud – real-time event detection and communication of water quality data from the River Ganges
  3. Matt Ellison, OTT Hydrometry: Lessons from high frequency monitoring of nutrients in the watershed
  4. Nathalie Guigues, LNE, France: Performance of measuring devices for monitoring organics in the Oise River, France