SWIG Newsletter No 12

July 9th, 2013


Hello and welcome to the summer newsletter from SWIG to update you on our activities and water sensing news.Firstly, thanks for the excellent response to our call for papers for our upcoming conference. We are now excited to announce the draft programme for Sensing in Water 2013!

This autumn we have some interesting workshops lined up, see below for more details. Other items of interest include a call for papers from early career researchers, funding and help for innovation, amongst other items – read on to find out more!

We continue to get excellent feedback from our events. Delegates at our spring workshops said:

The purpose of my visit was to meet some key industry personnel. That has been achieved”

“I am a computer scientist working in water industry applications. It has been very useful to meet water industry professionals.”

“The workshop has been useful for networking.”

“[SWIG has helped me to gain a] greater understanding of the topics and bringing customers as guests.”

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………

4 July 2013 ‘Radiological Protection in the Water Industry’Chaired by: Stuart Newstead, NCL

Kindly hosted by ROI

To include a tour of JET, but limited places available on the tour – only a few places remaining!

Location: Culham Conference Centre, Oxfordshire Map

Programme: here

The radiological quality of potable waters, the behaviour of radionuclides in water and sewage treatment works, and the radiological protection of works personnel are not well understood in the water industry.  This supported Workshop will cover both radiological emergencies and routine discharges. Presentations from experts will provide a broad introduction to radiological protection issues, monitoring options and the actions managers should take when faced with both emergency and routine situations All of these issues and more will be discussed making this a must attend workshop for all with an interest in gaining a better understanding of radiological protection in the water industry

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

25-26 September 2013:  ‘Sensing in Water 2013’ Conference, Nottingham Belfry Hotel, Nottingham see the SWIG website for more details, to register please use the online booking form.October: Drainage Monitoring More details soon

27 November: Innovation Workshop, UWE, Bristol More details soon

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

For offers of presentations for the 2013 programmes please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Calls for papers

Researcher Links: Call for experienced researchers to propose themes for international workshops. Deadline 14 July.The British Council, together with partners around the world, has just launched a new initiative to link together early career researchers from the UK and selected partner countries, through a series of workshops and travel grants. Further information can be found on the website.

Lloyd’s 2013 Science of Risk Research Prize: Researchers are invited to submit recently published peer reviewed research papers illustrating their expertise in risk based subjects of interest to insurers and reinsurers. This year’s categories inlcude: Biological and technological

Prizes range from £5k for the best overall research paper to £500 for the best runner up in each category.

Closing date: 25 September 2013

Further details can be found on the website

Support for innovation

10 July 2013: Environmental Technology Verification Workshop, WRc, Swindon Currently many new ideas that could benefit the environment are not taken up because they are new and do not have a track record. Under ETV, claims on innovative environmental technologies can be verified – at the request of the owner of the technology – by qualified third parties called ‘Verification Bodies’ delivered at the end of the ETV process can be used as evidence that the claims are both credible and scientifically sound.

WRc  is an accredited Verification Body under the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program and is running the first UK workshop ‘What and Why’. The workshop will include:

  • What is Environmental Technology Verification
  • The benefits of ETV
  • How to obtain verification
  • The opportunity to discuss your technologies with Verification experts

The workshop is free to attend.

For further information see the website

Funding opportunities

Technology Strategy Board funding: Innovation Vouchers

Innovation vouchers are designed to encourage businesses to look outside their current network for new knowledge which can help them to grow and develop. Start ups and SMEs from across the UK can apply for an Innovation Voucher – a grant of up to £5k is available.

The topics include: energy, water and waste amonst other topics.

Closing date: 24 July 2013

For further information see the 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