Institute of Water One Day Science Conference 2018: Bookings Now Open

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the second Institute of Water One Day Science Conference on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the National STEM Centre in York.  As with our previous Science, Environment and Engineering conferences, this event is free to Institute of Water members.

Titled ‘Application of the Sciences Across the World of Water’ and chaired by our Vice President Science, Robin Price, Head of Water Quality at Anglian Water, this one day Science Conference will gather speakers from many different scientific fields, including senior scientists from water companies and key academic figures in our industry.

Robin Price said: “I’m particularly excited about this year’s Science Conference. Throughout the day you’ll hear how the role of scientists will need to change and adapt to future process science challenges and will learn more about the advancements in the world of analytical science. In the Life Science section, you’ll learn more about Cryptosporidium and virus detection and analysis, and the role of micro-organisms in taste and odour formation in reservoirs. Taking the world of science slightly wider, you’ll hear how behavioural science can be used to influence customers’ behaviour, and to change the culture within a company. Delegates will also learn more about, arguably the ‘newest’, science – data science – from data science industry leaders Microsoft.

“The choice of conference venue is significant. Understanding more about how we can all work to understand and support those who teach and learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is absolutely crucial if we are to continue to secure a pipeline of talent into our industry, and we hope that a legacy of the conference will be an increase in the number of STEM Ambassadors from within the Institute of Water.”


Conference Speakers and Sessions Include:


Frances Dainty, Head of Content and STEM Expertise – ‘STEM Learning: The National STEM Learning Centre, STEM Ambassadors and opportunities to get involved!’


Process Science

Professor Elise Cartmell, Chief Scientist, Scottish Water – ‘The role of process scientists in future water and wastewater treatment’.


Behavioural Science

Ellin Lede, Researcher (Environmental behaviour), Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – ‘Applying behavioural insights to encourage resilient water behaviour in the residential sector.’

Alan Brown, Scientific Support Manager, Northumbrian Water – ‘Implementing a continuous improvement culture at water treatment works’.


Analytical Science

Dr Charmian Abbott, Chief Scientist, United Utilities – ‘Innovative methods to enhance water quality’.


Life Science

Thomaz Andrade, Catchment Customer Acceptability Scientist, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water – ‘Understanding the production of taste and odour compounds in drinking water reservoirs: underlying causes and management principles.’

Professor Rachel Chalmers, Consultant Clinical Scientist/Honorary Professor and Head, Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales – ‘Developments in Cryptosporidium detection and analysis.’

Professor John Fawell, Consultant, World Health Organisation and Visiting Professor, Cranfield University – ‘Out of sight, out of mind? The issue of viruses in the managed water cycle’.


Data Science

Mark Farrow-Smith, Principle Data and AI Lead Manufacturing and Utilities, and Dr Matthew Smith, Director for Business Development, Microsoft –  ‘From art to science to service: the era of operationalised predictive insights.’


More speakers are still to be announced, and the final agenda will be published soon. Bookings are now open and people are encouraged to book early to ensure they don’t miss out.


CLICK HERE to book your place and find out more.


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