SWIG e-newsletter no 17

July 9th, 2015

Welcome to the February SWIG e-newsletter

Hello again and welcome to the February e-newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news. Hope you’re keeping warm in this cold weather!

This year we have some fantastic workshops lined up, including the next workshop on 18 March on Catchment Monitoring which includes a tour of the Farm Platform Project at Rothamsted Research, North Wyke and we are also particularly excited about our 3rd bienniel Sensing in Water Conference & Exhibition on 23-24 September.

Other items of interest include:

  • SWIG forward workshop programme for 2015 – as ever contact us if you are interested in speaking/exhibiting at a SWIG event;
  • Another bumper pack of discounts for SWIG members
  • Lots of Calls for papers and posters for external events
  • Opportunity to influence NERC’s investment priorities
  • A new directory for micro & nanotechnology sensor development

We continue to get excellent feedback from our events. Delegates at our Disinfection & Microbiological Monitoring Workshop last week said:

“Interesting topics, good presenters, good mix of technical (research) content and commercial providers. Good mix of international contributors – best SWIG workshop I’ve attended so far!

“Extremely good overall with high [degree of] knowledge

“Much better than most other workshops

“SWIG has helped us to facilitate collaborative working with academic partners and customers

“I’m involved in various FP7 projects that invove sensor technology so SWIG has helped”

“SWIG has helped my organisation commercially”

So come along to a workshop soon to find out how SWIG events can help you to share knowledge and network with the water sensing community.

Finally, if you would like to support SWIG and encourage our network to grow, please do include a link to the SWIG website from your homepage. I can provide the SWIG logo on request.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.

See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

Next SWIG workshop

18 Mar 2015: Catchment Monitoring, Rothamsted Research, North Wyke, near Exeter, EX20 2SB

Chaired by:  Justin Dunning, Chelsea Technologies Group

Kindly hosted by: Rothamsted Research

The water framework directive (WFD) came into force in 2000.  Since then, key milestones have been reached and in 2015 the first management cycle ends.  This workshop will be exploring how the WFD has impacted on catchment monitoring, what processes have been adopted and what type of sensor technology has been developed and implemented to meet these requirements.  The workshop will also cover research in the area of catchment monitoring and future requirements for sensor and sensor networks in these environments.

The Workshop will take place at the Rothamsted Research, Grassland and Arable Systems site, at North Wyke, Devon, which forms part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.  The workshop will cover the programmes that Rothamsted have recently covered on catchment monitoring, and attendees to the workshop can take advantage of a field tour in the afternoon to see the Rothamsted Farm Platform Project.

Programme: Final Programme

Recommended hotels: The Travelodge, Whiddon Down

or the Travelodge in Sourton Cross

Alternatively there are B&Bs in the area.

Prices: Delegate place £82 for members of SWIG, £149 for non-members, £41 for students to attend. £118 for a table top display, £62 for literature circulation (Prices include VAT)

To make a booking please use the SWIG online booking form

Forward Workshop Programme

29 April 2015: Big Data, MTC Coventry, kindly sponsored by Siemens.

When it comes to data quite simply there is a huge amount of it and the Water Industry is set to collect more. With the advent of the ever increasing amount of data the Water Industry is set to collect there is the problem of how all of it is going to processed and understood. ‘Big Data’ is a term that has risen into popularity as is the term ‘Small Information,’  as has the ‘ Internet of Things. The question to ask is what does this look like practically? and what are the risks associated with it

The aim of this ‘Big Data & Data Security Workshop’ is to ask two questions – What’s the Use of Data…..and how secure is it? Discussions will be lead by a number of guest speakers from the Water Companies, Supply Chain and Industry experts in order to look at where data can be used within the Water Industry and what the risk are as whole.

Including speakers from Anglian Water, Siemens & IBM

17 June 2015: Leakage, ABB Daresbury, kindly hosted by ABB more details soon.

23-24 September 2015: Sensing in Water Conference, Nottingham Belfry Hotel – more details below

25 November 2015: Innovation Brokerage Event, Warwick Conferences, Coventry kindly hosted by the University of Warwick. Based on the format of our successful brokerage event in 2013 held at UWE, including short presentations by researchers, manufacturers and end users and round table discussions to facilitate discussions and potential collaborations.

Please visit the SWIG website for more details on each event.

For offers of presentations for the 2015 programme please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Also if you would like to suggest a topic for a future workshop or host a future SWIG workshop please contact Rosa.

SWIG’s Sensing in Water 2015 conference

The 3rd biennial Sensing in Water conference and exhibition will be held on 23-24 September 2015 at the Nottingham Belfry.

There will be opportunities for presenting, sponsorship and exhibiting.

A call for papers will be announced soon, so watch this space!

Online registration is live!

Prices have been frozen at the 2013 rates, early bird booking rates are available until 17 July and all large corporate members (>250 employees) of SWIG are entitled to 2 free delegate places!

The last SiW conference in 2013 attracted over 170 delegates and 37 exhibitors over 2 days and we’re expecting SiW 2015 to be even bigger!

Discounts for SWIG members

3 Mar 2015: Water Industry Asset Management, Birmingham

The 2015 event will address how financial directors are balancing Totex and traditional accounting methods in PR14; the latest thinking around aligning investment decisions with customer benefits; how water companies are driving operational efficiency to deliver effective asset management within the context of affordability and how water companies’ asset data strategies will be impacted by Totex.

15% Discount Code – SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend.

Simply register online and enter ‘SW15WIAM’ in the promotional code box.

10-12 Mar 2015: World Water Technology Investment Summit 2015, London

The World Water-Tech Investment Summit, now in its 4th year, is Europe’s biggest event dedicated to innovation in water. The goal is to pool ideas and experiences from around the globe to accelerate the adoption of advanced technologies by both municipal and industrial water users.

SWIG members are entitled to a 20% discount on the registration fee. Just quote ‘SWIG’ on registering.

For further details see the website

17-18 Mar 2015: Global Leakage Summit 2015, London

The UK’s premier global summit, to help develop faster and more efficient leakage management systems, integrated with whole network management and optimisation, smart asset management, and integrated sensor management, that take into account economic levels of leakage, but also reflect the true value of water and supply delivery targets.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount, use code ‘GLS-SWIG’ on registration.

For further info and to register see the website

21-23 Apr 2015: Utility Week Live Incorporating IWEX, NEC, Birmingham

Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX is the new exhibition dedicated to the UK’s water, electricity and gas utilities. Building on the rich heritage of IWEX – Faversham House’s long-standing water and wastewater exhibition – Utility WeekTM Live incorporating IWEX will provide an important information exchange and market place for the UK’s multi-billion pound utility industries and an ideal environment for exhibitors to do business.

SWIG members qualify for a special £20 per square metre discount off all exhibition space.  To book your stand and claim your discount please contact rachael.lyon@fav-house.com (tel: 01342 332097) quoting “SWIG Member”.

For further info see the website

Calls for papers

Call for Oral & Poster Presentations: Environ 2015, IT Sligo, 8-10 April 2015

Submissions are invited from the following thematic areas amongst others:

Water quality and Resources
Wastewater management
Waste management
Environmental Policy and Communication
Environmental Socioeconomics
Environment and Human Health
Marine and Coastal
Sustainability and Research Innovation
Nanotechnology and the Environment

For further info see the website

The deadline for abstracts is February 20th 2015.


Call for abstracts: International Flow Measurement Conference 2015

This conference aims to pull together the best of recent advances and developments from those involved in driving the research, development, manufacture and deployment of both the new generation of flow measurement devices, as well as improved versions of older, well-established technologies.

Papers/Abstracts are invited from all industrial sectors which illustrate recent advances and developments in flow measurement, including:
• Petrochemical
• Nuclear
• Pharmaceutical
• Water
• Oil and Gas
• Food and Drink
• Power Generation

For further details, see the call for abstracts

The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to the 23rd February 2015


Call for posters: Emerging Analytical Professionals 2015, Aztec Hotel & Spa, Bristol 8-10 May 2015

EAP is an all inclusive weekend conference aimed at early career scientists and researchers both in industry and academia. There will be an emphasis on networking opportunities and continuing professional development activities as well as back-to-basics technique workshops as well as general interest analytical presentations and talks. Every year EAP has a theme which some of the presentations adhere to, this year the theme is:

Lighting the Way… For Analytical ScientistsRaising the profile of the past, present and future applications of light.

This year’s theme is inspired by the International Year of Light. The focus will be on photonics applications to environmental, forensic and clinical science, as well as other research.

Poster submission deadline – 31st March

For further info please see the website


Call for Poster Abstracts: AAMG RSC Bioanalytical Sensing Technologies Conference, 16 June, Burlington House, London

This is the seventh annual AAMG Conference concerning monitoring and analysis using sensor technologies. The conference will examine the design and application of materials and development of sensors for monitoring medical and biological processes. Sessions will feature invited presentations by experts on a variety of topics in the following areas:

  • New materials in sensor technologies and monitoring systems.
  • Sensors and materials for medical and biochemical monitoring.
  • Instrumentation
  • Informatics in sensing applications; data acquisition, transmission, validation and interpretation of results (bio-informatics).

The conference will be supplemented with poster presentations and exhibition.

Poster Abstracts
Abstracts for poster presentations related to the conference topic are invited, which must be of one page (A4) (250 words maximum) and provided by 30th April 2015.

For further info please see the website


Call for Papers: Biosensors Special Issue on Low-Cost Biosensors for Developing Countries

The need for low cost sensing has particular benefit to developing economies, in particular within Africa and South East Asia. These developing counties have special needs for low-cost point-of-care diagnostic and monitoring tools due to e.g., the decentralized nature of healthcare, the lack of suitable testing clinics and facilities near a large number of the population, the occurrence of diseases eradicated in the developed world and, hence, of low priority investment in most research-intensive countries, the need for on-site monitoring of treatment. The investment in pure research in sensor technology has not yet resulted in the large scale commercialization of low-cost and on-site devices worldwide.

This Special Issue is dedicated to promoting the wide range of novel technologies and devices that can lead to the development of low-cost biosensors employable in developing
countries. Applications include medical diagnostics, disease treatment monitoring and environmental monitoring.

Special Issue Keywords:
• low-cost biosensors
• electrochemical sensors
• portable instrumentation
• diagnostics
• environmental monitoring
• point-of-care sensors

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2015

For further info please see the website


Influence NERC’s investment priorities

Call for evidence to inform NERC’s investment priorities for the next Comprehensive Spending Review period

This year NERC expects to participate in a spending review that sets budgets for government departments, and ultimately research councils, for 2016-2020.

A call for evidence has been launched which will inform decisions as to how NERC can most effectively invest in environmental science and innovation to continue to support UK priorities, balancing society’s need to benefit from environmental resources whilst managing our environment responsibly.

All the detail and how to respond can be found on the NERC website.

This call for evidence asks NERC’s community and stakeholders to take a prospective view in answering questions about future priorities in order to deliver our strategic societal challenges:

  •     benefitting from natural resources
  •     building resilience to environmental hazards
  •     managing environmental change.

Please note that NERC is strongly encouraging responses to be organisational rather than individual.

The deadline for responses is Monday 23rd March.

Water sensing news

New KTN Directory: Micro & Nanotechnology for Sensor Development

Micro and nano technology has continued to receive significant attention over the past decade as it enables the development of high performance, low energy-consuming novel sensors. The availability of new types of tools and techniques and the ability to develop new materials with unique properties has facilitated the development of such sensors.

Considering the importance of micro and nano technology to the sensors and instrumentation industry, and the strength of UK academic research in this area an academic directory has been produced to enable members of industry to locate academic partners.

This directory aims to cover the breadth of academic activity in this area, however it has not been possible to make contact with all of the UK Universities. Therefore if you think that the activities of a particular university have not been included please contact felicity.carlysle@ktn-uk.org so that those details can be included in the next edition of the directory.

New academic Micro & Nanotechnology for sensor development directory