SWIG e-newsletter No 13

November 7th, 2013

Hello and welcome to the autumn newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news. We are still receiving excellent feedback from our Sensing in Water 2 day conference which we held back in September – thanks again to all our speakers and exhibitors and our main sponsor ABB for making it a great success! Our next biennial Sensing in Water Conference will be held in 2015 so watch this space for more details.This autumn and into 2014 we have some interesting workshops lined up, see below for more details. Other items of interest include a call for papers from manufacturers and researchers interested in innovation in water sensors, opportunities for testing water sensors in situ and some discounts for SWIG members, as well as funding opportunities – read on to find out more!

We continue to get fantastic feedback from our events. Delegates at our recent workshops said SWIG helped their organisation:

By allowing networking opportunities with a widespread involvement of multiple institutes”

“Good networking opportunity for water industry employees.”

“Opportunity to catch up with people and find out what some of the current issues are.”

Contacts made. Opportunities to promote standards to the forum. I’m hopeful that it will result in improved industry coverage for standardisation.”

“The relatively non-commercial forum is a nice change.”

“I’ve met interesting people in the field.”

[I’ve made] “new contacts through networking. Making people aware of our new technology.”

“We have gained some useful contacts for follow up as possible project partners.”

“Increased knowledge about what is available in future and good links with business.”

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.

We hope you find this newsletter useful read.

See you at a workshop soon!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

Next SWIG Workshop………

27 Nov 2013 ‘Innovation Workshop’Chaired by: Richard Luxton, IBST, UWE

Location: Exhibition and Conference Centre, University of the West of England,Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS34 8QZ  Map

Programme: Draft Programme


There is a wealth of new technology and innovation being developed in UK universities which often translates into the development of new products in industry.  Successful translation and exploitation of academic research depends on recognising potential and forming necessary collaborations.  This SWIG Innovation workshop is designed to bring together academic research groups and interested companies to identify potential technologies, collaboration, and exploitation opportunities in the area of sensor technologies developed for use in water.

The need for new sensor technologies for water is often driven by legislation and the need for regular measurements at lower concentrations, or the need for more rapid or more reliable measurements made at remote sensing sites.  This encompasses a wide range of technologies that are used for measuring physical, chemical or biological parameters in or of water.  For examples sensors that measure water pressure, height or chemical and biosensors for measuring dissolved components, pollutants or microorganisms.  Sensor networks and data management are other important technology areas that form part of a modern water sensing system.

Call for papers: Universities and companies are invited to promote their research and technologies and submit a paper for presentation at the above workshop. Please send an abstract (100 words max) to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk.

Cost (inc VAT): £80 (members), £145 (non-members), £115 (table top displays).

Booking: contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk or use our booking form here 

Forward Workshop Programme

22 Jan 2014: Data standards for real time interoperability Severn Trent Centre, Coventry12 Mar 2014: Future of sensors for dynamic permitting Deaf Blind Conference Centre, Peterborough

30 April 2014: Hand Held Devices and Benchtop Instruments More details soon

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

For offers of presentations for the 2014 programmes 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

Innovation workshop: Universities and companies are invited to promote their research and technologies and submit a paper for presentation at the above SWIG Innovation workshop. Please send an abstract (100 words max) to rosa.richards@swig.org.ukCall for Researcher Links: Travel Grant applications

The British Council has launched a call for early-career researchers to propose an international research placement. Researchers that reside in the UK can apply for funding to spend up to 3 months at a university or research institution in one of the nineteen partner countries, and those residing in one of the partner countries can apply for funding to come to the UK. All research areas are covered, including the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences, but some countries have priority areas. The countries involved in this call are; Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Morocco, Egypt, Qatar, South Africa, Nigeria, Russia (Humanities and Social Sciences only), Turkey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh and the United States of America (Humanities and Social Sciences only).

For further info see the website

Opportunities for testing water sensors in situ

CEH River Thames Water Quality Monitoring StationThe Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Environment Agency are in the process of installing a state-of-the-art, telemetered water quality monitoring station on the River Thames. Grab samples will be taken weekly from the river and analysed for a full range of water quality parameters in the CEH Wallingford Nutrient Laboratories to help validate the measurements made by the bankside instrumentation. Water is continuously pumped from the river into flow-through cells in which the current sensors are deployed.

In the first instance, other groups, who would like to test their sensors alongside this kit, should contact Mike Bowes at CEH mibo@ceh.ac.uk (01491 692255) to discuss the possibilities. Space in the kiosk and site access will restrict the number of sensors that can be accommodated.

SmartBay Ireland – Galway Bay

SmartBay Ireland  is responsible for the management of Irelands Marine Research, Test and Demonstration facility which has been established to support the application and translation of research and provide platforms for the testing and demonstration of new technologies, sensors and solutions for the Marine and related sectors.

Researchers and industry partners interested in testing and validating novel sensors and equipment are encouraged to contact the SmartBay team who can assist in integrating sensors and equipment with our Data Buoys. Our marine technicians will support bench testing, deployment and on-going Operations & Maintenance, while our software development and marine communications team  will support the acquisition, communication and dissemination of data via our dedicated web portal. Two Data Buoys are located in Galway bay and another off Cork Harbour. A subsea cabled observatory will be available in Q3 2014 for organisations wishing to test subsea sensors and  equipment in near real time where power and high speed data communications will be provided via a dedicated 4.5km of power and optical fiber cable which will run from Spiddal to a ¼ scale test site in Galway Bay. For further information please contact info@smartbay.ie or visit our website www.smartbay.ie

Discounts for SWIG members

6 Feb 2014: Efficient Water Distribution, NEC, BirminghamDelegates will hear presentations from experts and practitioners on the current and emerging issues which could impact on water distribution system management in the UK. The seminar will bring together key speakers from the UK, Europe and beyond with the aim of:

  • Forecasting the future drivers for greater efficiency in water distribution
  • Outlining the work of the IWA Efficient Specialist Group
  • Understanding how climate change impacts on the performance of the underground mains network
  • Considering the options for improving the efficiency of leakage control operations using a targeted approach based on better data, economics, practicalities and the need to meet regulatory targets
  • Maintaining serviceability of assets and meeting water quality standards while accepting an aging and deteriorating infrastructure
  • Reducing energy costs and carbon footprint through pump efficiency measures, reducing friction head losses and energy harvesting
  • Looking at ways of measuring and encouraging efficiency and comparing performance

There is also a pre-seminar workshop on 5th February 2014: Efficiency through innovation

A special half day workshop on the subject of applying new technology and process innovation to water distribution systems to improve operational efficiency and cost effectiveness of investment. The workshop will include presentations from leading edge technology companies and experts with case study results from the UK and elsewhere in the world.

SWIG members are offered a 10% discount on the standard delegate rate and exhibitor rate for the Efficiency events.

Please see the website for further details

10-12 March 2013: World Water-Tech Investment Summit 2014, London

The World Water-Tech Investment Summit is now recognised as one of the most important networking meetings for the global water industry. This global event provides a forum for sharing and developing big game-changing ideas for the water industry. This is where corporate investors, venture capital investors, utilities, engineering consultancies and technology companies come together to identify new technologies and business models that have the potential to address global water demand, and to forge the partnerships that will accelerate their implementation.

The 2014 World Water-Tech Investment Summit will bring together over 200 senior executives from the international water industry. In 2013, 25 countries were represented at the summit, with approximately 50% delegates coming from the UK and 50% from overseas.

SWIG members are offered a 20% discount on the registration fee. For more information please see the website contact Jennie Moss at jennie.moss@rethinkevents or call +44 (0)1273 66 99 14

25-27 March 2014: The Future of Utilities, London

This event will once again see leaders in the UK’s utilities come together to discuss the most pressing strategic issues affecting the industry, from innovation in tariffs, infrastructure and customer communications, to investment, policy and the generation mix.

With over 300 senior attendees taking part last year from across energy, water and gas, this event is the best opportunity in the UK to meet the movers and shakers in the industry.

Early registration rates available to SWIG members saving you up to £250. For full details visit the website or get in touch using the details below:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7760 8699
Email: conferences@marketforce.eu.com

1-3 April 2014: IWEX – Water and Wastewater Management, NEC Birmingham

Brought to you by the publishers of Water & Wastewater Treatment (WWT) ,WET News and Utility Week; IWEX receives hundreds of visitors who come looking for the latest solutions across the whole water lifecycle.  If you offer products or services in any of the following markets then you should be part of IWEX 2014:

* Water Treatment Technology Metering,  * Monitoring Pumps & Valves,  * Groundwater & Drainage , Technology,  * Energy Savings,  * Filtration & Separation ,  * Flood Management,  * Leak Detection & Control,  * Drainage Products,  * Chemicals/UV Treatment,  * Controls & Instrumentation,  * Drives & Motors,  * Inspection & Maintenance,  * Pipes & Pipelines,  * Monitoring, Sampling & Analysis,  * Pipe & Cable Detection,  * Rainwater Harvesting,  * Sewage Handling & Treatment,  * Sludge Handling & Treatment,  * Tanks/Storage,  * Trenchless Technology,  * Water Conservation/Management
SWIG members are entitled to receive £20 off per m2 shell scheme and £20 per m2 space – just quote ‘SWIG’ on booking a stand.

For more information please see the website  or call Rachael Lyon on +44 (0) 1342332097

Funding opportunities

TSB call for SMART funding Round 4: call closes 21 Nov 2013A grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology.

The scheme supports SMEs carrying out R&D which offers potentially significant rewards and that could stimulate UK economic growth.

Three types of grant are available:

Proof of market
Proof of concept
Development of prototype.

Any UK SME undertaking research and development may apply; applications are accepted on a rolling basis for assessment by independent experts.

For further info see the TSB website

Industry Impact Award Scheme

The Water Security Knowledge Exchange Programme has launched this scheme designed to stimulate new knowledge exchange activities proposed by researchers or the users of their research. These grants should pump-prime activities which may lead to applications and support from other, larger knowledge exchange schemes.

There are 10 awards available to a total value of £50k.

Closing date: 31 December 2013

For further info see the website

Coming soon:

Horizon 2020 informal call for papers December 2013, followed by the launch of Horizon 2020 in the UK on 31 January 2014, details TBC. Horizon 2020 will be a major funding opportunity for UK researchers.

Horizon 2020 is the new European funding programme supporting research and innovation, and driving growth and the creation of jobs within Europe. It runs from 2014-2020 with a €70billion budget.

For further info and the opportunity to sign up for newsletter updates see the EU Horizon 2020 website

Job opportunities

Chair of NERC Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG)

NERC is seeking a non-executive Chair for its new Strategic Programme Advisory Group (SPAG). The Strategic Programme Advisory Group will provide recommendations to NERC’s Science and Innovation Strategy Board (SISB) and the NERC Executive on NERC’s Strategic Research Programme and Strategic Highlight Topic investments. The Chair of SPAG will also help shape the processes used to identify and fund strategic research and ensure that NERC’s strategic investments are community driven and respond to identified societal challenges.

Extensive experience and understanding of research related to environmental science and  the ability to consider emerging needs and opportunities across all of the NERC remit are essential– not confined to your immediate areas of expertise – balance competing ideas and consider wider political, business and societal impacts.

In return, NERC offers the opportunity to play a significant role in helping shape the future of NERC strategic science. It is expected that the role will require ten days per year for meetings plus additional preparation time. The appointment is for one year in the first instance with the expectation that it will continue for a maximum of three years in total and commence on 3rd February 2014.

Closing date for applications is 16:00 3rd December 2013

Interviews will be held in London on 8th January 2014