Annual Conference

The Annual Conference is our flagship national event that brings together professionals from across the water sector for two days of insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and professional development.

Annual Conference

The Institute of Water’s Annual Conference stands as a hallmark event within the water sector, renowned for its commitment to advancing knowledge, fostering collaboration, and driving innovation.


Held in September each year, this Conference historically serves as a pivotal gathering for water professionals, policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders alike, providing a platform to address the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing the sector.

Why you should attend

Each year, we curate a comprehensive programme featuring expert speakers, engaging panel discussions, and interactive workshops, all aimed at equipping attendees with the knowledge, skills, and insights needed to navigate the evolving landscape of the water sector.


The Conference experience allows delegates to forge valuable connections and expand their professional network by engaging with water peers, thought leaders, and decision-makers from across the sector and beyond.

What you can expect

In addition to our Annual Conference, we are delighted to host a series of associated events as a part of the programme each year, designed to complement and enrich our participant’s overall experience. These events offer unique opportunities for celebration and socialising, all set in fantastical and historic venues that add an extra layer of magic.


The associated events include:

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • Annual Conference Social Evening
  • National President’s Dinner and Awards Evening

Get involved as an Exhibitor or Sponsor

Each year, our Annual Conference and associated events grant an unparalleled opportunity for sector organisations to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of water.


Showcase your brand, products, and services to a diverse audience of water professionals, experts, and decisionmakers. Benefit from extensive visibility before, during, and after the event.


Don’t miss out on the unique opportunity to be a driving force in the advancement of the water sector.

What our Annual Conference participants say:

“For those who have never been before, it is so much more than just the two day Conference. I thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to listen to such a broad range of speakers and to be a part of an open discussion on this important aspect of both our sector and our lives.”


Graham Powell, Fellow, Institute of Water

“Aqua Consultants were please to be a sponsor and enjoyed opening some of the sessions. It’s Kicked off collaboration with the Institute and others. I was happy to return after several years; the sessions were relevant and informative, and the evening entertainment was excellent too- thank you!”


Neal Edmondson, Director of Shared Capability, Aqua Consultants


“I was thrilled to be able to speak at the Annual Conference on how our political engagement work is helping to rebuild trust in the sector. Everyone was so supportive and kind in their feedback afterwards and it sparked loads of great conversations.”


Lydia Dareheath CEnv, Public Affairs Manager, Anglian Water