SWIG news – no 19 e-newsletter

February 16th, 2016

Autumnal greetings

Hello and autumnal greetings from SWIG, with the latest newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news.

Sensing in Water 2015 was a big success with 180 attendees and 40 exhibitors over 2 days, and a thought provoking programme of diverse presentations from robotics to sexy data science! Thanks again to all our exhibitors, to ABB for sponsoring the conference bags & to the Water Control Room Forum for sponsoring pre-dinner drinks. Thanks also for your generous donations to Water Aid. We are pleased to say that altogether we raised £1,600 for Water Aid, which will be used to improve sanitation and access to clean water. The next Sensing in Water Conference will be held on 27 & 28 September 2017 so save the date in your diary!

No time to rest on our laurels though, we are busy planning a full programme of events for the year ahead. We believe there will be something of interest to all our members, and some interesting venues to visit including the National Space Centre (see below)!

Other items of interest include:

  • The next AGM to be held on the 27 Jan 2016 during the lunch break of the Coastal Pollution Monitoring workshop, Dublin.
  • Updated SWIG forward workshop programme;
  • A free place at Wastewater Infrastructure, Networks & Treatment conference 28 Jan 2016, Birmingham on offer to one lucky SWIG member!
  • Lots of discounts at external events for SWIG members;
  • A call for papers for Biosensors 2016, Gothenberg, Sweden;
  • Under other water industry news: A Water Innovation Network event on Business in AMP6,Peterborough on 30 Oct 2015 with limited places available.

We continue to get good feedback from our events. Just a selection of comments from attendees at our Sensing in Water conference:

  • “it was the best ever conference!”
  • “we thought it was very beneficial to us and definitely worth traveling over to”
  • “I very much enjoyed my visit to the SWIG meeting and made some useful contacts.”
  • “It was great to attend the my first event and I recognised the long term friendships/collaborations during my day with you.”
  • “it was a very good event”

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

25 Nov 2015: Innovation brokerage Workshop, kindly hosted by the University of Warwick, Warwick Conferences

Chaired by:  Richard Luxton, UWE


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.  How remote sensors and sensor networks communicate reliably and securely, energy harvesting and data management are other important technology areas that form part of a modern water sensing system.

Programme: To be announced shortly

Recommended hotel: On site hotel style bedrooms at Scarman. To book a room call 02476 573925

or email reservations@warwick.ac.uk On booking mention the reference no: 1047946 to qualify for the discounted B&B rate of £90.

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

27 Jan 2015: Coastal Pollution Monitoring workshop, kindly hosted by Dublin City University. To include the SWIG AGM during the lunch break. Any SWIG members are welcome to attend the AGM.

9 March 2015: Optimising Control of fouling with Smart Sensors,  kindly sponsored by the Design Network North, Northern Design Centre, Gateshead.

4 May 2015: 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 2015: Back to Basics – Flow (working title) more details soon

22 June 2015: Process Control more details soon

20 July 2015: Biosensors more details soon

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

For offers of presentations for the 2015/16 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.

Free delegate place at 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.

28 Jan 2016: WWT’s Wastewater Infrastructure, Networks & Treatment Conference, Birmingham – delegate place worth up to £505 (more details below)

To take up 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

9-11 Nov 2015: European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference, Manchester

The conference remains the best technical sludge event in Europe and provides attendees the opportunity to hear from some of the most high-profile industry experts and network with over 200 like-minded people. The programme will continue to cover 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 registering, please use the discount code: SWIG10

28 Jan 2016: WWT’s Wastewater Infrastructure, Networks & Treatment Conference, Birmingham

WWT’s Wastewater 2016 Conference & Exhibition is a comprehensive single day showcase of wastewater-specific case studies, innovation and thought-leadership. It includes two conferences, a networking dinner and a joint exhibition to give you and your team the chance to hear the latest wastewater developments all under one roof.

For details and to register, see the website

SWIG members are entitled to a 15% discount off their registration fee, just quote the discount code ‘SWIG15’ on registration.

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”.



Call for papers

25-27 May 2016: Biosensors 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstract submission is now open for Biosensors 2016 – the World Congress on Biosensors which will take place 25-27 May 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This premier event for the biosensors community – the largest in the field – celebrates its 26th anniversary with another excellent line-up of plenary speakers

Abstracts are invited by 13 November 2015 for oral and poster presentations at the Congress on a large range of topics. For further info see the website.

Abstracts should be submitted using the link from the website

The deadline for abstracts is 13 November 2015.

Other water industry news

30 Oct 2015: Water Innovation Network (WIN) event: Business in AMP6, Peterborough

This WIN Business in AMP6 event will cover the recent changes introduced to regulation and business practices, including the new performance measures linking to Outcome Delivery Incentives (ODIs), the opening of a competitive market for non-domestic customers in 2017 and the shift from a focus on capital to ‘whole life’ (known as Totex) expenditure. There will also be information on how Anglian Water will alter the way it works with companies in the supply chain and how the company will identify and bring forward innovative solutions.

The event is open to all businesses, but spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. For full event details including prices, times and the latest agenda, please visit the website or call 01733 317426