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18th UK-IWA Young Water Professionals Conference

A Water World without Boundaries

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Monday 10th to Wednesday 12th April 2017


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East Building, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK

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The programme of UK-YWP intends to develop and solidify a much-needed network of opportunities, ideas, skills and best practices by delivering tools for cross-field engagement and career development for water professionals. In addition to the usual inspiring keynotes and young speakers, flash presentations (1 minute) and round-table discussions there will be a carefully prepared suite of workshops that will increase the interaction between the participants.


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Confirmed Speakers

Per H Nielsen (Professor Chemistry & Bioscience, Aalborg University)
Patricia Bakir (Independent Consultant in Development Communications & Strategic Planning, IWA fellow)
Hans Jensen (CEO UK Water Industry Research, UKWIR)

My Career in Water
Tony Koodie (Black&Veatch) – Chair and YWP Champion
David Eliot (Director of Strategy and New Markets, Wessex Water)
Jan Hofman (Professor in Chemical Engineering, Director WIRC@Bath, UoB)
Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern (Professor in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry Group, UoB)
Michael Norton (Norton Water - Water Consultancy)
Ben Tam (Isle Utilities)
Isabel Douterelo (EPSRC LWEC Research Fellow, University of Sheffield)
Luke Dennis (Northumbrian Water)

Workshop Facilitators
Shoshana Fogelman (University of Sidney) – Data&Water (tbc)
Tracey Stead (Independent Consultant and Coach) – Career Development
Helen Featherstone (Head of Public Engagement, UoB) – Public Engagement
Patricia Bakir (Independent Consultant in Development Communications and Strategic Planning, IWA fellow) – Cross-sectoral communication


Submitted abstracts are being reviewed to select for a set of platform (15 minutes including Q&A), flash (1 minute) and poster presentations. Topics related to a water world without boundaries may include identifying or solving challenges for:
o   Provision of safe drinking water and water sanitation and hygiene
o   water management at local, regional, national or international level
o   establishing funding, policy and/or regulation instruments
o   cross-sectorial partnerships (incl. public-private partnership models)
o   capacity development and knowledge sharing in the water sector
o  public outreach and dissemination strategies of water problems
o   approaches for addressing the water-food-energy nexus
o   inclusion of social, cultural and behavioural aspects for more sustainable water practices.


Standard registration, including a dinner at an affordable fee is open until 3rd April 2017. Please choose below:

o   Standard fee (£100)

o   Student or IWA Member* (£75)

*Your student or IWA member number is requested during registration.

Key Dates

o   Call for abstracts: 3 October 2016
o   Registration open: November 2016
o   Deadline for Abstract submission: 29 January 2017 - EXTENDED!
o   Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2017
o   Submission of outline-papers and presentations: 5 April 2017
o   Conference: 10-12 April 2017

Preliminary Programme

IWA YWP Programme 2017



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Increase your company’s exposure and gain increased visibility among water professionals at UK-YWP. We offer a variety of options based on exposure level and budget. Check our sponsorship prospectus and contact us for further information.

Travel and Accommodation Information

The University of Bath is located at the southeast edge of Bath. Regular bus services (U1 and U18) link the city centre and the University. There are other travel methods.

Bath is a very popular city to visit, so we recommend you to book early as accommodation offers may be limited during the conference dates. Visit Bath has a good selection of hotels and guest houses. Some hotels offer discounts if mentioning YWP conference from University of Bath when contacting them (subject to availability at the time of booking). Refer to the hotel list for contacts and locations.