The 2022 SWIG Early Career Innovation Poster Prize

March 13th, 2018

We regret to announce that due to the pandemic we have decided to postpone the next SWIG Early Career Innovation Poster Prize to 2022.

Call for posters: To be announced in early 2022 with details of how to submit your poster

Extended deadline: August 2022 TBC

Scientific poster competition 2022

  • £1,200 first prize
  • £500 second prize
  • £200 third prize

SWIG invites students and employees in the field of water sensors to design a poster summarising their research or development work. This is an opportunity for researchers and new staff within the water and environmental sectors to showcase their  scientific talents and innovative thinking.

The SWIG Early Career Poster 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 students either in full time education or within the first 5 years of employment within their area of expertise.

Shortlisted posters will be on display at WWEM on 12-13 October 2022. The 3 finalists will present their research at WWEM (12 October 2022 time TBC), with prize giving at WWEM on 12 October 2022 during a gala dinner. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to WWEM to network with industry.

Ilaria Frau won the 2018 Early Career poster prize, with her research on the use of microwaves to continuously detect zinc ions in water was the winning scientific poster at the Liverpool John Moores University.


Justin Dunning, SWIG Chairman, Ilaria Frau ECR winner, and Rosa Richards, SWIG Programme Manager at the awards ceremony at WWEM 2018.

Ilaria was presented with a trophy and cheque for £1,200 during the gala dinner at WWEM2 2018, where she had earlier presented her research in the poster exhibition area entitled ‘Microwaves and Functional Materials: a Novel Method to Continuously Detect Zinc Ions in Water’. This technique could also be adapted to detect other environmental pollutants.

Ilaria, who is undertaking a PhD at Liverpool John Moores University commented:
winning the SWIG early career poster competition 2018 award was an indescribable achievement. Having the opportunity to present my PhD project and discuss it with experts in managing water resources was incredible. It raised the credibility and visibility of my research; my project focused on developing a portable sensing device for real-time detection of toxic metals in water using microwave spectroscopy. It also gave me recognition as a researcher working on the challenge of sensing water efficiently, and the opportunity to expand my network among external peers. Being recognised for my work has encouraged me to proceed with my interest in sensing technology for guaranteeing water quality.”

Full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, will be published on this website in early 2022.

Posters to be submitted via the WWEM website, once the portal goes live in early 2022.

Deadline: August 2022 TBC

Any questions should be directed to: rosa.richards@swig.org.uk