SWIG news – e-newsletter No 20

August 1st, 2016

It feels a bit like spring

Hello and greetings from SWIG, with the latest newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news. The sun is starting to shine again (we hope) the birds are starting to sing and we have a bit of a spring in our step (excuse the pun!) as we have some great events and interesting venues lined up for you this year, and we’re excited about our involvement and partnership with WWEM in November. We are also pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 SWIG Early Career Researcher poster competition – more details below!

We are planning events on a range of topics from antifouling technology to robotics; from flow measurement to process control; biosensors and even modelling – see below for more details. We have chosen some interesting venues including the National Space Centre, HR Wallingford and Kempton Park Steam Museum, which we are sure you will enjoy visiting, with optional tours, demonstrations (of  a UAV) or entrance to museums thrown in!

We are working closely with WWEM this year who are again supporting the 2016 SWIG Early Career Researcher poster competition. SWIG would like to thank WWEM for providing exhibition space for the shortlisted posters, a speaking slot for the finalists and prize giving ceremony during the gala dinner. This is a great opportunity for an early career researcher to promote their research to the water industry at WWEM. The prizes this year are £1,200 1st prize, £500 2nd prize, £200 3rd prize – so it is well worth entering the competition to showcase your work and to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize! SWIG will also be running the 2nd Apprentice Competition during WWEM (more details soon), and we will be holding a special SWIG event on the 3 November as part of WWEM with great opportunities for networking – watch this space!

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The below newsletter includes the following items of interest:

  • Updated SWIG forward workshop programme;
  • Calls for Papers for SWIG workshops on Biosensors (July), Modelling (Sep)
  • 2016 Early Career Researcher poster Competition
  • Free delegate place for a SWIG member to represent SWIG at Smart Networks Conference 17 March, Birmingham (Delegate place worth £445 +);
  • Lots of discounts at external events for SWIG members;
  • Calls for papers for various external events
  • A Call for funding for innovative projects to address environmental risks to infrastructure
  • & last but not least other news of interest to the Water Sector

We continue to get good feedback from our events. Just a selection of comments from attendees at our Coastal Pollution Monitoring workshop in January:

  • “this event allowed me to make excellent contacts for future career”
  • SWIG has helped me with “networking within & outside the organisation”
  • SWIG has helped us facilitate collaborations “in FP7 and H2O2O with various organisations”
  • “Good network contacts and projects”

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

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Launch of 2016 SWIG Early Career Researcher Competition

Call for posters: SWIG invites students and employees in the field of water sensor research to design a poster summarising their work.

This is an opportunity for researchers within the water and environmental sectors to showcase their scientific talents and innovative thinking.

This year there is a £1,200 1st prize, £500 2nd prize and £200 3rd prize!

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.

All posters passing to the final judging phase will be printed and displayed at the WWEM 2016 conference and exhibition on 2-3 November, with the top 3 entrants being invited to give a short presentation at WWEM.  The winner will be judged on the poster and presentation, and announced at the WWEM Gala Dinner.

The SWIG Early Career Researcher Prize is intended to raise awareness of technology development and novel applications related to water measurements and thereby promote innovation in sensor research and commercial application.

Further details including terms & conditions are on the SWIG website

Deadline for submissions: Friday 9 September 2016

Submissions this year must be made using the web portal 

For further info please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Next SWIG workshop

9 March 2016: Optimising Control of Fouling using Smart Sensors Workshop, kindly sponsored by the Design Network North and Gateshead Council

Chaired by:  Andrew Chappell, Environment Agency

Venue: The Northern Design Centre, Baltic Business Quarter, Abbots Hill, Gateshead NE8 3DF


Fouling is a common problem which can effect sensors in any location including sewers, waste water treatment works, the environment, water treatment works and cooling water circuits. There are many different types of fouling depending on the location and liquid, e.g. fats, mineral deposits or biological growth, and each can create different maintenance requirements. This workshop will look at the effect of fouling on water sensors and the various strategies to control it which can be used to extend sensor life and maintain accurate measurements.

Programme: Draft programme

Recommended hotel: Delegates are entitled to a 15% discount at the Ramada Encore, Gateshead NE8 3AD, 3 mins walk away from the Northern Design Centre. Tel: 0191 481 3600 (Prices from £73.10 for B&B including parking) simply quote RENG15 on booking with the hotel.

Prices: Delegate place £84 for members of SWIG, £153 for non-members, £42 for students to attend. £122 for a table top display, £64 for literature circulation (Prices include VAT)

To make a booking please use the SWIG online booking form

Forward Workshop Programme

4 May 2016: Robotics & autonomous systems (working title), National Space Centre, Leicester – we hope to include demonstration of a UAV for monitoring water company assets – watch this space!

25 May 2016: Flow measurement workshop: Meeting data and commercial needs today and into the future HR Wallingford, to include an optional tour of Froude Hall hydraulic modelling equipment.

22 June 2016: Process Control Kempton Park Steam Museum, kindly sponsored by Thames Water

20 July 2016: Biosensors Kindly hosted by IBST, University of the West of England

28 Sep 2016: Modelling venue TBC

3 Nov 2016: SWIG event at WWEM details TBC

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

For offers of presentations for the 2016/17 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.

Calls for Papers: SWIG events

Biosensors Workshop, 20 July, University of West of England, Bristol

The definition of bio-sensing can be two-fold.  On one hand it is the application of technologies that integrate biological molecules with electronics for the rapid detection of biological interactions on a sensor surface.  The other commonly held view is that bio-sensing is the application of more tradition measurement technologies to detect biological entities within the sample or the environment being studied.  A large number of these bio-sensing technologies rely on optical or electrochemical systems in a variety of configurations from simple dip-stick type devices that measure colour or electric current to more sophisticated and complex measurement systems that may use microfluidic channels and nanostructured transducers.  Notwithstanding the complexity of the device, an important feature of a bio-sensor is that it provides rapid results often using portable instruments and can be operated with minimal of training.

This workshop will focus on the latest insights into bio-sensing technologies that have been developed by companies and universities with a view that they will be deployed in the water industry.  These bio-sensors may be used to detect and or quantify a wide range of chemicals or biologics found in water such as heavy metals, viruses, bacteria, algal toxins, pesticides, pathogens. The talks will cover some of the latest thinking around principles of biosensor instrumentation to talks focused on the application of biosensors to measuring targets in water and issues associated with the use of biosensors for these applications.

SWIG invites academic researchers and businesses developing or using biosensors to give a presentation about their technology at the workshop.  This will be a short 20-30 minute presentation and if you are interested in giving a presentation please send a 100 word abstract to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk by 31 March 2016


Modelling Workshop, 28 Sep, Venue in East of England TBC

Modelling is ubiquitous throughout the water & environmental industries and covers everything from urban drainage & networks to treatment works design models to computational fluid dynamics to the way that environmental permits are set. However they tend to be the premise of a few knowledgeable experts within the industry and their use is not understood greatly.

In the SWIG modelling workshop we will discuss the current state of the art and the direction it is heading in and how models can be greater used to aid not only the design but the operation of the water industry.

SWIG invites abstracts from modelling end users, modelling practitioners/consultants, and model developers especially those which are validated by water sensors. Please send an abstract, 100 words max, to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk by 31 March 2016

Free delegate place at an external event

In return for a contra agreement in place, SWIG has been offered a free delegate place at the following event. All that we ask in return is that you take along some promotional material about SWIG and help to promote and represent SWIG.

Smart Networks Conference: 17 March,  Birmingham

This event will provide you with the opportunity to keep up-to-date with the smart innovation successes of your peers, gain insight into the business benefits of thinking smart, and explore the potential for novel data solutions in both drinking and waste water. Delegate place worth £445 exc VAT!

For further info see the website

To take up one of this free place, please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

The free place will allocated on a first come first served basis.


Discounts for SWIG members

22-24 Feb 2016: World Water Investment Summit, London

This international summit welcomes senior delegates and speakers from the investment community, utilities, engineering and chemical leaders, innovative tech companies and government. 60 thought-leading speakers will explore how innovation can address the most urgent issues facing the world’s water supply. The summit also showcases new innovation from around the world through technology showcase sessions and workshops.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a £200 discount by using the code ‘SWIG16’

17 Mar 2016: WWT’s Smart Water Networks Conference, Birmingham

This conference hosts two content streams allowing delegates to choose their focus, be it clean or wastewater. This event will address the role of smart networks in the current regulatory climate, explore the potential for data innovation, and demonstrate the importance of strong leadership to instigate change.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount using the discount code SWIG15SWN.

17-18 May 2016: Utility Week Live

Utility Week Live is the UK’s only exhibition event dedicated to the UK’s gas, electricity and water industries, connecting Britain’s utilities to their suppliers, contractors and partners. Utility Week Live brings the vibrant multi-billion pound utility industry to life though exhibitions, seminar programmes and show innovations.

For further info see the website

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 at rachael.lyon@fav-house.com (or 01342 332097) quoting “SWIG Member”.



Calls for papers for external events

Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium 4-6 July 2016, Liverpool John Moores University

Abstracts are invited for consideration for oral and poster presentations at the 2016 BNASS Conference to be held at the Byrom Street Campus, School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University.

Deadline for abstract submission: 11th March 2016

For further details please see the website


IWA Regional Conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management, 23 – 27 October 2016, Dublin City University

Through the paper submission system, authors are invited to submit extended abstracts / papers under any of the following suggested themes including Climate Change Adaptation, Critical Pollution Source Areas, Emerging and Innovative Technologies, Internet of Things, Storm Water Management, Water Literacy amongst other themes.

For further info and details on how to submit an abstract see the website

Deadline for submissions 25 March 2016


Emerging Analytical Professionals Conference, 13 May – 15 May 2016

EAP is an all inclusive weekend conference aimed at early career analytical 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, along with general interest analytical presentations and talks.

Every year EAP has a theme which some of the presentations adhere to, the theme for 2016 is to be confirmed.

Bursaries available – contact, Charlie Davis at charlie.s.davis@googlemail.com

Conference Chair – Grace Lewis lewisbuckley2014@gmail.com

Abstract submission deadline:

Poster deadline – 31st March


European Waste Water Management Conference, Manchester 11-12 October 2016

Abstracts are invited from potential speakers who wish to present at this leading industry conference. The event is attended by over 200 professionals from the water industry and is recognised both for the quality of the individual presentations and the debates that follow these presentations. See who attended last year.

The theme of the EWWMC is to provide delegates with information on: the latest treatment technologies; legislatory changes impacting on the water industry; more efficient and effective design approaches; instrumentation and process control; modelling techniques and odour control.

For further details please see the website

Abstract deadline – Friday 1st April 2016


NERC Funding Call

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure – Innovation

NERC invites proposals for innovation projects as part of the Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme (ERIIP).  NERC and ERIIP industry members are encouraging proposals that fill gaps in the portfolio of themes, hazards and sectors within the scope of the programme as outlined in the Announcement of Opportunity as well as proposals that address the challenges of ERRIP members which are publicised alongside this call.

Expressions of Interest are invited for collaborative projects between academia and industry to develop and apply existing science. NERC has up to £1m available for this call and envisages funding a cohort of projects within this budget, between 3-12 months in length. This call funds all costs at 80 per cent Full Economic Cost (FEC)

All projects must have project partners related to UK infrastructure (e.g. infrastructure owners, operators, regulators or policy-makers). There will be a brokerage event on 8th March to enable collaboration between academics and industry, and a partnering service will be available through CIRIA. To apply to attend please complete the application survey by 15th February. Potential project partners are invited to contact NERC if they are looking for academic collaborators interested in developing projects for this Innovation funding call.

Deadline: 4pm on 20 April 2016

For further info, see the website

Other news of interest to the water sector

Last but not least, the 2016 WRc Innovation Day on 27th April 2016 at WRc, Swindon is worth a mention as it may be of interest to the innovative members of SWIG!

The theme this year is ‘Sharing Knowledge for a Changing World’

The WRc Innovation Day is attended by delegates from the Water, Environment, Waste and Gas sectors. It is a unique event that facilitates Innovation through Collaboration and allows delegates to interact and network in an exciting and vibrant atmosphere thus allowing them to generate new ideas and make new connections.

For further info see the website