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From research to practice: innovation pathways for water technologies

In this WIRC seminar, Dr Jo Burgess from Isle Utilities will discuss the implementation of new technologies and solutions in the water sector.

  • 26 Mar 2020, 1.15pm to 26 Mar 2020, 2.05pm GMT
  • TBA, University of Bath
  • This event is free

The World Economic Forum has, every year for the past five years, placed water among the top five risks to society and the global economy. As a commodity, water is irreplaceable and yet it is also infinitely renewable, which means that for as long as we need to drink clean water and clean dirty water, there will be opportunities worldwide for water technology and innovation.

The water industry is notoriously conservative, and yet owing to its truly global nature has been a relatively rapid taker-up of new solutions to meet increasingly stringent legislation and cost constraints as well as emerging challenges, such as new man-made chemicals. The key to launching new technologies in the water sector is collaboration between the providers of those technologies, the end users, and the regulators. Using collaborative platforms, over 200 new technologies have been brought to market all over the world in the past ten years, with pre-screened technologies being presented to approximately 150 technology seekers.

How the technologies are sourced and screened, the nature of the information presented, and what happens after the introduction will form the central theme of this presentation.


Jo is an environmental scientist with around 20 years’ experience in the water, environment and wastewater sectors. She has proven experience in research and development of new technologies in the UK and internationally.


University of Bath, Claverton Down Campus

TBA University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom

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