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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

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 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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Flash Presentations & Round-Table Discussions

This is an exciting new format for this year’s conference, which includes a 1-min oral presentation and its wider context as a starting point for subsequent round-table discussions. The selected speakers from abstracts submissions and the topic discussion to which they are linked are listed below.

S1. Problems in Macroscale

K. Ampe (Technical University of Delft) - Political perspectives in wastewater treatment
A. Cauchois (University of Oxford) - Groundwater management
E. Gallagher (University of Bath) - Social norms and their influence in water use
J. Rice (University of Bath) - Use of wastewater for public health monitoring
L.A. Richards (University of Manchester) - Remediation strategies in Developing countries
H.S. Muhammad (University of Leeds) - Coping with intermittent water supply
K.J. Russel (Canterbury District Health Board) - Water Safety Plans for water supply
M. Carvalho (Águas de Portugal Serviços Ambientais) - Efforts in internal communication and culture change in water companies

S2. Problems in Microscale

E. Losty (Cranfield University) – Disinfection by-products in drinking water
J. Chouler (University of Bath) - Technologies for Water quality monitoring
Y.H. Cho (The University of Sheffield) - Flow monitoring for water systems
W.T. Huang (National Chung Hsing University) - Nutrient removal in wastewater
A.I. Iqbal (University of Exeter) - Tools for flood risk prediction
L. Krieger (Lancaster University) - Technologies for pesticide removal
K. Zakaria (Newcastle University) - Alternative technologies to advanced oxidation practices
N. Deering (University of Bath) - Faecal sludge (brown waters) management

S3. Challenges for a Water World Without Boundaries

J. Webber (University of Exeter) - Flood risk assessment
I. Markidis (University of Bath) - Decentralised WWT
M. Nguyen Quang (University of Bath) - Knowledge management for better decision-making
A. Ahmad (KWR Watercycle Research Institute) - Heavy metals in water systems
O. Bailey (University of Bath) - Sewer systems management
M. Sousi (UNESCO-IHE) - Drinking water quality
O.M. Imonikhe (University of Leeds) - Effective water policy implementation
E. Castrignano (University of Bath) - Antibiotic resistance in wastewater


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 Elliott (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)

Water Inspired Workshops

Four different 2-hour workshops have been designed to enhance some specific skills from YWP but, mainly, to improve discussion and communication within specific topics. The workshops are based in a brief introduction of the topic and its wider context, a hands-on activity that will test and improve the participants’ skills and discussion. A highly qualified facilitator together with two members of the organising committee runs each of the workshops. Registered delegates will have the opportunity to indicate their preferences from the list below in due time before the conference.

Shoshana Fogelman (University of Sidney) – Data&Water
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

Water Videos Clips – You can still participate!

Show us what you are made of and what you believe in!

We are looking for one-minute video-clips about one of these topics:

- My career in water - how you are developing as a water engineer, and how being a water engineer is developing you.
- A Water World Without Boundaries – what are the challenges ahead and how do you or your colleagues think we can achieve it.

We are not expecting Spielberg, but below are five tips that will help us get the most from your video.

- Have a clear idea of what you want to say. Put together a few bullet points to deliver a clear message and run through them a few times before you hit record. Time your run-through to be sure you aren't over 1 minute; shorter is fine, longer isn't.
- Scout out a well-lit location. Gathering gloom and blinding sunlight tend not to flatter.
- As well as looking good we need you to sound great, so be sure that background noise will not drown-out what you have to say.
- Try and keep a steady hand. The 'found footage' look can be distracting if done in extremis.
- Credit where credit is due, please be sure to include your name, role and organisation somewhere in your clip; nothing fancy, shooting a post-it will do.

We will show your clips, or a mash up of them, and later upload them in the web. To submit your clip please send it to The deadline is 3rd April 2017.


Check the list of prizes confirmed at the moment. Even if you will not get to participate with a presentation, one of them can still be yours by participating in the video clip contest, so grab your phone and press record!

- Presentation slot at the Eastern European YWP Conference (Budapest, May 2017)
- Free place at the Institute of Water Annual Conference ‘Together we achieve more’ (Chethams School of Music, Manchester, 15-16 June 2017)
- Poster prizes on water management & treatment, sponsored by iChemE Water SIG.
- Invitation to Worshipful Company of Engineers Awards dinner at the Drapers’ Hall
- Voucher for any product from IWA publishing


All selected abstracts will be available to the conference participants.
The works awarded with oral or flash presentation can be submitted for further consideration in one of the IWA affiliated journals – “Water, Science and Technology”, “Water, Science and Technology: Water Supply” and “Water Practice and Technology” - please send your full paper to by 7th April 2017 following the guidelines.


The registration is closed now. Please contact the committee should you have any query.

Key Dates

o Call for abstracts: 3 October 2016
o Registration open: November 2016
o Deadline for Abstract submission: 29 January 2017
o Notification of acceptance: 28 February 2017
o Registration close: 3 April 2017
o Submission 1-min video-clips: 3 April 2017
o Submission of outline-papers and presentations: 7 April 2017
o Conference: 10-12 April 2017


Our Platinum sponsors:

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Our Bronze sponsors: 


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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.

Accommodation on campus from £30 single & £45 twin – limited availability! Book on-line here.

Bath Spa station will have amended services from 8 to 23 April, with no trains arriving during weekends (buses will replace trains) and reduced service during the week. Please check for more information.


Chairs: Ana Lanham (WIRC@Bath) & Marta Coma (CSCT)

Conference champion: Tony Koodie (B&V)

Advisory/Scientific Board: Luke Dennis (NWL), Ben Tam (Isle Utilities), Mirella Di Lorenzo (UoB), Jannis Wenk (UoB), Jan Hofman (UoB), Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern (UoB), Tom Arnot (UoB), Chrysoula Papacharalampou (UoB), Emma Emanuelsson-Patterson (UoB)

Organising committee (UoB): Amy Phillips, Caitlin Taylor, Carolina Salter, Emily Slavin, Ioanna Stamataki, Ioannis Markidis, Jack Rice, Jon Chouler, Kathryn Proctor, Liana Zoumpouli, Maria Luz Medina, Minh Nguyen Quang, Naomi Deering, Natalie Sims, Olivia Bailey, Olivia Cooke, Oriol Escursell, Rubina Kalra, Shan Bradley-Cong, Vicky De Groof