SWIG e-newsletter No 15

October 16th, 2014

16 July 2014

Hello, and a warm welcome to the summer SWIG newsletter for all SWIG members.

In this edition we have news of:

  • an excellent inspiring UKWRIP report highlighting the potential for the UK to become established as ‘an innovation powerhouse in the global water technology sector’;
  • new Sensing and Bio-Sensing Research open access journal;
  • a glimpse of the autumn calendar of events for SWIG;
  • a bumper pack of discounts negotiated for our members for external events including  The Water Event, Sustainable Water, EWWM, WWEM and the European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference (you can even save enough to pay for your SWIG membership!);
  • calls for papers;
  • competitions; and
  • funding opportunities.

Please spread the word about our Early Career Researcher Scientific Poster Competition – the deadline is 5 September, so send any entries in soon! Shortlisted posters will be displayed at WWEM which is a great opportunity to showcase your work, with cash prizes for the top 3 entrants (1st prize of £1,000!).

Also it’s a good opportunity to announce that the next SWIG AGM will be held on 24 September during the lunch break of the Monitoring Organics workshop in Glasgow in case you would like to attend.

Thinking ahead, we will be holding our 3rd biennial Sensing in Water Conference on 23-24 September 2015, so hold the date and watch this space for further details on the seminars, exhibition space and opportunities for sponsorship!

We are really pleased with the new SWIG website, if you haven’t already, do check out the online payment facility for workshop bookings, calendar and member’s area where you can download presentations from previous workshops – there’s a useful archive of presentations on a range of topics.

If you enjoy the discussions at SWIG workshops, you might be interested in the SWIG forum on Linked In, and our Twitter feed @watersensors on topical news stories and upcoming events (see the link from our website).

We would like to encourage our members to use the buttons on our email campaigns to share details of upcoming workshops through Twitter or Facebook so that your organisation can fully benefit from your SWIG membership. Also if you would like to proudly display your membership of SWIG I can provide a SWIG logo to include on your website.

We hope you find this newsletter a useful read.

Wishing you a great summer and hopefully see you at one of our autumn workshops!

Rosa Richards, Programme Manager for SWIG

New Open Access Journal: Sensing and Biosensing Research

This journal aims at showcasing and promoting new and novel sensing and biosensing methods and technologies to the wider research community and exploitation partners. It will highlight sensing and biosensing technologies developed for use in a wide range of application sectors such as:

  • Environment
  • Medical
  • Biomedical
  • Food quality & safety
  • Security

    … and more

For further info or to submit a paper see the website

UKWRIP Report: HTechO Tapping the Potential: A Fresh Vision for UK Water Technology

Written by UK water technology experts from research, policy and industry, this UKWRIP report was published in March 2014. The report estimates that by 2030 the UK could increase its global market share in water technology innovation to at least 10% (£8.8 billion), providing 71,000 jobs and involving around 960 SMEs and suggests some essential steps to achieve that market share.

The report discusses the UK’s strengths and constraints in terms of the market offering, as well as identifying what we can learn from others, and where the target markets are amongst other topics.

The report is targetted at government, business leaders and investors/funders and can be downloaded from the UKWRIP website

Next SWIG Workshop………

24 September 2014 ‘Monitoring Organics’

Chaired by: Andrew Chappell, Environment Agency

Location: Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow map

Recommended Hotels:

The Hilton Grosvenor has a limited number of rooms left from £225 room only or from £261 B&B. Please quote ‘University of Glasgow’ on booking to obtain a 10% discount on the room only rate.

The 3 star Argyll Hotel, at 973 Sauchiehall Street, is a short walk away and has the following discounts for delegates: single room £60, Double £80, Twin £80 Tel: 141 337 3313

The associated Argyll Guest House,  966-970 Sauchiehall St, is also a short walk away and has the following discounts for delegates: single room £45, double £60, twin £60. Tel: 0141 357 5155

For the above offers simply quote ‘SWIG’ on booking.

Programme: TBC

Overview:  Monitoring organic matter in water is important for many sections of the water industry, from the raw water feed to a drinking water site, through the influent to a sewage works to the effluent quality. It is also a valuable environmental measurement indicating the health of an ecosystem and for tracing the source of pollutants.

There are many ways to measure the amount of organic material and its effect on the environment. Different optical and chemical techniques can be used to measure the amount of organic carbon and give some indication of the oxygen demand.  Each method has advantages and disadvantages and is suitable for a different application.

This workshop will look at the various instruments available and their use by the water community.


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

15 Oct 2014: Telemetry & Remote SCADA Systems for Smarter Operational Management of Water Supply Networks, Queens Gate, London, hosted by Imperial College

26 Nov 2014: Instrumentation for TOTEX efficiencies, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas in Staffordshire

Call for papers for the Nov SWIG workshop: SWIG invites abstracts from manufacturers and end users.We are looking for real-life examples of where the use of instrumentation (and it’s potential link to additional automation) within the Water Industry has resulted in total expenditure efficiencies.
The word limit for submissions is 100 words. Please send abstracts to rosa.richards@swig.org.uk by the 23rd July 2014 (extended deadline) .

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

For offers of presentations for the 2014 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

16-17 September 2014: The Water Event, NEC, Birmingham

The Water Event brings together senior decision makers from large scale water users with suppliers, manufacturers, consultants and utilities to understand how they can best manage and procure their water – creating a sustainable water strategy and hedging future business risk.

A growing population and environmental change are increasing the stress on the water table and the next few years will see a dramatic economic impact on water supply and waste through industry deregulation.

The Water Event is free to attend.

In collaboration with the Water Event, SWIG members have been offered a special pavilion to exhibit at a discounted rate:
– shell scheme: £335 per sq m (reduced from £375)
– space only: £315 per sq m (reduced from £355)
Quote ‘SWIG’ on booking to obtain a place in the SWIG pavilion at these discounted rates.

For further info and to reserve exhibition space, please see the website.

23-24 September 2014: Sustainable Water Conference, Hilton Birmingham Metropole

Day 1: Energy & Carbon Management Conference

Join over 100 representatives from water companies and contractors with responsibility for energy management and procurement; operations; sustainability; asset management; wastewater networks and treatment; finance and climate change to examine the challenges of reducing energy usage and carbon emissions and increasing renewable energy investment.

For further info see the website

Day 2: Environmental Water Management Conference

The Environmental Water Management Conference, taking place on day two of Sustainable Water 2014, examines the challenges of balancing economics and the environment.

Join over 100 representatives at this CPD Certified event from government, water industry, local authorities, large landowners and NGOs to examine innovative approaches to tackle:

  • Sustainable implementation of the Water Framework Directive
  • How do we move towards an integrated approach to land and water management
  • Integrating flood risk management with resilience to climate change
  • Pollution to water supplies from nitrates and pesticides
  • 21st century catchment management

For further info see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount to these 2 conferences, to obtain the discount, use the discount code: SPK15

7-8 Oct 2014: European Waste Water Management Conference (EWWM), Manchester

The European Waste Water Management Conference is one of the few events in the UK that deals specifically with problems and solutions for the management and treatment of wastewater.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition space. Simply quote SWIG2014 on the booking form

5-6 Nov 2014: Water, Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring (WWEM), Telford

WWEM is focused on measurement, testing and analysis for the water and wastewater and environmental industry. From test kits to process measurement, laboratory analysis right through to fixed and portable gas detection, if your work involves Monitoring,testing or working with water you need to be at WWEM.

November 2014 will be the sixth time this dedicated biennial event will be held. WWEM has evolved into a very successful event since its inception back in June 2005. The event has firmly established itself as the number one event for Water/Wastewater and Environmental Monitoring professionals to attend.

WWEM is free to attend, with free parking and free lunches for all pre-registered visitors.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition space at WWEM, please use the discount code: SWIG10

17-19 Nov 2014: The 19th European Biosolids and Organic Resources Conference, Manchester

The Biosolids conference attracts the most authoritative global experts in the area of biosolids and organic resource handling, treatment and recycling. The programme covers both the latest innovations and updates of existing technologies. Presentations from respected industry experts and newcomers follow the development of technologies and legislation from inception to full-scale installations.

For further details see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 10% discount on exhibition space. Just quote SWIG2014 on the booking form.

Calls for Papers

Please see the above Call for Papers for the November 2014 SWIG workshop on Instrumentation for TOTEX efficiencies. The deadline is 23 July 2014.

Call for abstracts: Biosensing Conference, Lisbon, Portugal 10-13 May 2015
The 4th International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology will continue to bring together leaders from industry and academia to exchange and share their experiences, present research results, explore collaborations and to spark new ideas.

Abstracts are invited on following themes:

1.    Novel biomarkers

2.    Biosensor surfaces

3.    Novel detection technologies

4.    Instrumentation and Integration

5.    Commercialisation and impact

The deadline for submitting an abstract is 9 January 2015.

For more information and to submit your abstract please visit the website

Call for Ideas for the CIWEM Annual Conference: After the success of last year, the CIWEM Annual Conference will return in April 2015 to the fantastic Royal Geographical Society in Kensington, to host two full days of inspiring and challenging speaker and keynote presentations.

The aim of the conference is to challenge and inspire the water and environment community by sharing knowledge, networking and best practice, which is at the heart of meeting key global challenges.

CIWEM will be building on the successes of previous events to make this the must attend-event for the water and environment sector.

To submit your ideas, follow the link to the CIWEM survey


SWIG Early Career Researcher Competition

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 £1,000 1st prize, £200 2nd prize and £100 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.

The deadline is 5 September 2014.

For further details please see our website and flyer

NERC Impact Award

NERC is pleased to announce its inaugural Impact Awards.  The awards will recognise and reward NERC-funded researchers, as individuals or teams, whose work has had substantial impact on the economy and society. The awards will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony in London on 27 January 2015, showcasing the researchers, their work and the impact of the science that NERC funds.

The application deadline is 10 September 2014.

To enter the awards use the online form which also contains a link to the application guidance notes.


Developing technologies for safe and responsible exploitation of shale gas

The Technology Strategy Board and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are to invest up to £2m in ​Developing technologies for safe and responsible exploitation of shale gas. The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of innovative technologies for the safe and responsible exploitation of the UK’s shale gas resources.

The deadline for applications is 24 September 2014.

For further details see the website

£2.5m available for Energy Harvesting R&D

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £2.5m in Energy harvesting for autonomous electronics to support the development of low-power energy harvesting technologies for autonomous electronic systems.

The aim of the competition can be summarized as exploring ways to extend battery life in low-power devices or to eliminate batteries altogether.

The deadline for applications is 25 September 2014.

For further details see the website