SWIG news – e-newsletter No 22

February 27th, 2018

SWIG autumn newsletter

Welcome to the autumn newsletter for SWIG members! The nights are drawing in, but we are still keeping busy here at SWIG. As I write we are preparing for three different engaging activities that we will be running at WWEM this year, on 2-3 November, Telford:

  • The SWIG Early Career Researcher poster competition on cutting edge water sensing research – display, presentations and prize ceremony;
  • The WRc/SWIG Water Industry Instrument Apprentice competition; and
  • A SWIG event with 2 sessions on: Resilience of networks and Use of sensors in challenging applications respectively (with discounted delegate places for our members)

More details on these activities below – we do hope you can join us at WWEM!

Looking ahead to the first half of 2017 we have a broad programme of events, with something for everyone:

  • 1 Feb 2017: Market Opening, Think Tank, Birmingham – to include SWIG AGM during the lunch break
  • 8 Mar 2017: Smart wastewater networks,
  • 26 Apr 2017: Specification & installation of sensors – ‘giving the sensor the best chance’, Principality Stadium, Cardiff
  • 24 May 2017: Leakage, TUV, Glasgow
  • 5 July 2017: Low cost sensors, University of Southampton

Followed by our next Sensing in Water 2017 conference and exhibition (27 & 28 September 2017). There will be opportunities to present, exhibit or sponsor the conference announced in early 2017 so watch this space!

If you are interested in presenting at any of these events, please drop me a line. We are always interested in hearing expressions of interest to present, or topics you would like us to cover in future.

The below newsletter includes the following items of interest:

  1. A preview of SWIG activities at WWEM;
  2. Updated SWIG forward workshop programme;
  3. A bumper pack of discounts at external events for SWIG members; and
  4. A report back from an external partner’s conference on ‘Improving the surface water quality in Europe’
  5. Water news: India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security (IUKWC) officially launched
  6. Analytical chemistry summer studentships
  7. Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships

We continue to get good feedback from our events. Just a selection of comments from attendees at our Modelling workshop in September:
• ” An extremely impressive level of knowledge in the room from the water sector!” a supplier new to SWIG
• “[SWIG has helped] me make a contact for CFD modelling” a Water Company delegate;
• “High quality speakers” a Consultancy delegate
• “Very good content, audibility and slides”, a Consultant delegate
• “Good speakers and a good range of topics”, a Supplier
• “Interesting range of opinions” a Consultant delegate.

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If you are proud of being a member of SWIG and would like to shout about this useful networking and knowledge sharing group, we can provide the SWIG logo for you to include on your website with a link to the SWIG website. Just get in touch with me to ask for the logo.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.
See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

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Preview of WWEM

SWIG is excited to be running 3 different engaging activities at WWEM this year!

We will be helping Early Career Researchers showcase their novel water sensor research to industry through our poster competition – come and visit the poster display and listen to the 3 finalists presenting their research from 3:30-4pm on 2nd November:

  • Elena Koutsoumpeli, University of York – ‘Antibody-mimetics for the detection of environmental contaminants’;
  • Kevin Martins, University of Bath – ‘Wave propagation in the surf zone’; and
  • Zoe Goddard, University of East Anglia – ‘Optically-Profiling Diffusible Iron Concentrations in Sediment Pore Water’.

We will be recognising the value of apprentices in the water industry by holding a fun but challenging apprentice competition to put teams through their paces! During the 2nd November at WWEM, pairs of apprentices will solve different challenging scenarios with advice from suppliers at WWEM, undertake some practical exercises and then end the day with a quickfire 20 questions quiz! The confirmed teams so far are Severn Trent Water, Dwr Cymru Water, United Utilities and Anglian Water. You need to be in it to win it-so get involved!

The winners of the poster competition and apprentice competition will be announced at the WWEM gala dinner on 2nd November.

We will also be holding an engaging and topical SWIG event at WWEM, which will appeal to different industries undertaking water monitoring. A morning session will cover ‘Resilience of networks’ (to flooding and other disruptive events) and afternoon session on ‘Sensors for challenging applications’ and delegates are free to register for one or both sessions. Morning presentations will cover resilience modelling, integrated camera technology and an online underground structure monitor. Afternoon presentations will cover parallel sensor technologies used across sectors, solving difficult monitoring problems and a case study of chlorine monitoring in the power industry – please see the full details below.

Next SWIG workshop

3 November 2016: Resilience of networks and Sensors for challenging applications, Telford International Centre, kindly hosted by WWEM

2 sessions chaired by: Dene Marshallsay, Artesia Consulting and Leo Carswell, WRc Plc

Location: Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4JH

Programme: draft final agenda

Overview: Keeping the Country Running is the current UK Government guidance on resilience. It considers resilience as the ability of assets, networks and systems to anticipate, absorb, adapt to and/or rapidly recover from a disruptive event. Monitoring and control systems are fundamental to the operation of the water utilities and have, in recent years, become increasingly importantin the protection of water industry assets against the effects climate change. This morning session will look at examples of where technology and processes have been put in place to provide the required resilience.

Data from on-line instrumentation is increasingly becoming fundamental for managing risk, maximising efficiency and providing the wider business with reliable and trusted information. Although the quality and reliability of instrumentation has improved significantly over recent decades there remain monitoring applications which are operationally challenging.  The afternoon session will look at examples, primarily form outside the water industry where sensors have successfully been used in challenging applications and potential issues such as installation, maintenance and performance have been addressed.

Cost: £36.00 inc VAT for SWIG members for the whole day or £18.00 inc VAT for a ½ day.  For non members £66.00 inc VAT for a whole day or £33.00 inc VAT for a ½ day.

Booking: Registration is via the WWEM website

SWIG Forward Workshop programme

1 Feb 2017: Market Opening [working title], Think Tank, Birmingham – more details soon!

NB: This workshop will include the SWIG AGM during the lunch break and all members are welcome to attend.

8 Mar 2017: Smart wastewater networks, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool

26 Apr 2017: Specification & installation of sensors – ‘giving the sensor the best chance’, Principality Stadium, Cardiff

24 May 2017: Leakage, kindly hosted by TÜV, Glasgow including a tour of the test facilities

5 July 2017: Low cost sensors, University of Southampton

27-28 September 2017: Sensing in Water conference & exhibition, Nottingham with opportunities to present, exhibit or sponsor the conference to be announced in early 2017 – save the date!

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

For offers of presentations for the 2017 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.

Discounts for SWIG members

23-27 October 2016: IWA Regional Conference on Diffuse Pollution & Catchment Management Conference, Dublin City University

Water is at the forefront of global agendas, not least in Ireland, with the introduction of water charges and the establishment of Irish Water, the continuing concerns in relation to public water quality and the emerging risks associated with climate change leading to flooding or droughts. Increased rapid urbanization, climate change, and population growth forecasts, all place strain on our water resources, both globally, and nationally. The strategic need to provide a secure supply of potable water to the greater Dublin area is becoming a concern for communities, and for major multinationals, as models suggest that demand will outstrip supply in the coming years.

Therefore, this conference on Diffuse Pollution and Catchment Management is as topical as it is relevant. The global nature of water related issues will be reflected in presentations by strategic thinkers from the United States, Sweden, Australia, Europe and the UK.

The SWIG Deputy Chairman, Justin Dunning will be giving a key note speech.

SWIG members are entitled to exhibit at the greatly reduced price of €250 per day for demo space!

For further details please see the website and please contact fiona.regan@dcu.ie to take up this special offer.

15-16 November 2016: European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference, Edinburgh

The European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference remains the “best technical sludge event in Europe” and gives attendees the opportunity to hear from high-profile industry experts and network with over 250 like-minded people.

Now in its third decade this event provides practitioners with an annual update on legislatory changes; new technologies; best practice and site-experiences with existing technologies and an insight into relevant research in the science and engineering of biosolids and organic resources.  The conference is attended by recognised experts from around the world both, as speakers and delegates.

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount to attend. Just register online and enter the discount code ‘SWIG10’.

29 November 2016: WWT Water Industry Technology Innovation Conference, Birmingham

The 5th Annual WWT Water Industry Technology Innovation Conference is the essential event for water industry professionals looking to develop novel technological solutions and drive innovative business strategies. Attend this CPD-certified conference to:

Learn which technology game-changers could positively impact your business

  • Hear how your peers are implementing innovative solutions
  • Break down barriers and instigate change
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities in collaborating with the supply chain
  • Understand the role of people and processes in driving innovation

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now at events.wwtonline.co.uk/innovation and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.

31 January 2017: WWT Wastewater Conference, Birmingham

The WWT Wastewater 2017 Conference & Exhibition is the largest wastewater event with two distinct conferences and a shared innovation zone running in parallel. It is a comprehensive, single-day showcase of case studies and thought-leadership designed to tackle all major wastewater challenges in one place.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now on the website and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.

For further details please see the website

21 March 2017: WWT Smart Water Networks Conference, Birmingham

The 2nd WWT Smart Water Networks Conference is the essential event for water and wastewater professionals looking to enhance business success through smart technologies and data solutions.

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to attend this event. Register now and enter SWIG15 into the promo code box.

For further info and to register, see the website

Improving the quality of surface water: providers – the water industry needs you!

Priority Substances must be monitored and controlled in watercourses, and watch list substances may need to be regulated in future. Other hot topics for future research are the widespread presence of antibiotics and microplastics in the aquatic environment. Environmental exposure routes, monitoring including a new combined passive sampler, presence of emerging pollutants in watercourses and various novel treatment options were all presented at an Aqua Enviro conference on ‘Improving the quality of surface waters in Europe’ on 11th October in Manchester. Rosa Richards, SWIG Programme Manager reported back for SWIG – the full write up is available to download.



India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security (IUKWC) officially launched

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) have recently established a virtual joint India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC).  The Centre aims to both facilitate the outreach of research projects to other researchers and stakeholders in the UK and India and to foster new relationships that may lead to future research collaborations.

The Centre will promote cooperation and collaboration between the complementary priorities of NERC-MoES water security research in order to establish a platform for, and legacy of, long-term partnerships and dialogue between Indian and UK water researchers, water policy-makers and water businesses. In delivering this, the Centre will support the agreed UK and Indian government goal to develop sustainable long-term research partnerships that contribute to sustainable development and economic growth.

Further details can be found on the website

Open Network of India-UK Water Scientists
To facilitate linkages amongst the community, the India-UK Joint Centre on Water Security (IUKWC) is establishing an Open Network of India-UK Water Scientists. Individuals in the UK or India with research interests in the water sector are being encouraged to join the network.

The network will be a searchable web database to locate other scientists, it will also be use by the IUKWC to circulate news and calls to identify participants/conveners for the Centre’s activities. These activities will include funding of workshops, exchange schemes, user engagement initiatives and pump-priming projects. Activities will be initiated from the wider Indian-UK water research community and delivered with support from the Centre.

Please follow the link to join the Open Network.

India-UK Workshop: Developing Hydro-climatic services for Water Security
‘Developing Hydro-climatic services for Water Security’ is the first workshop being organised by the India-UK Water Centre (IUKWC), which aims to bring together scientists to explore the scientific challenges involved in the production, translation, distribution and use of climate information and tools to inform decision making in the Indian and UK water sectors. The workshop will address issues including:

  • What are the key areas of water management in India and the UK where new climate services are needed to inform future planning and adaptation?
  • How can climate change projections be used by the hydrological community for decisions?
  • What are the key gaps in our understanding of hydro-climatological systems which need to be filled in order to develop new tools and information products for the water community?
  • What hydrological data is needed/available at local-regional scales to develop appropriate hydro-climatic information services?
  • What other communities could benefit from enhanced hydrological climate service?

The workshop will explore opportunities for future collaboration in hydro-climatic services amongst UK and Indian scientists with the objective of promoting future research ideas and partnerships. The needs of key stakeholders will be considered with a view to identifying ways of enhancing links between India-UK science and current/potential end-users of hydro-climatic services.

The workshop will be taking place in Pune, India 29 November – 1 December 2016 (inclusive).

If you are interested in applying to attend the workshop you will need to become a member of the Open Network of Water Scientists. The closing date for applications is 17:00 IST/ 12.30 BST on 18 October 2016.
Further details can be found on the website

RSC Analytical chemistry summer studentships

The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in Analytical Chemistry research on completion of their undergraduate degree.

The awards provide support for the student at a rate of £180 per week (£190 per week in London), for a period of between 6 and 8 weeks during the summer vacation.

Deadline for applications: 27 January 2017

For further info please see the website

Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowships

RSE Enterprise Fellowships enable promising science and technology researchers to grow into successful entrepreneurs.

NERC has agreed to support up to five new Enterprise Fellowships to boost the development of new businesses from investments in environmental research.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) Enterprise Fellowship scheme provides support to researchers and innovators who have promising business ideas.

The programme, delivered by the RSE with support from BBSRC, NERC, STFC and Scottish Enterprise, allows fellows to focus solely on developing their business idea. They receive one year’s salary, expert business training, business development funding and access to mentors from a pool of successful individuals in the commercial community.

The next call for applications is now open, closing on 9 November 2016.

More information, including eligibility and how to apply, is available on the RSE website.