This conference is an annual series addressing innovative treatment options for wastewater treatment. This year’s conference is focused on implementation of low energy treatment processes and circular economy principles for wastewater treatment.

The day with will also allow time for networking, a poster competition on wastewater innovations related projects and an optional site tour to Cranfield University’s pilot hall. This conference is supported by British Water and the Wastewater Network. The best poster prize (£200) is sponsored by Xylem Analytics.

Event Programme

The conference will have a great mixture of international speakers, both academics and industry leaders, discussing innovations for energy efficiency and resource recovery opportunities on current and longer term scenarios. The preliminary programme is:


Challenges and opportunities for waste water treatment at Scottish Water: An overview
Elise Cartmell, Scottish Water, UK

Energy - and carbon - efficient pathways for materials recovery and reuse in existing water resource recovery facilities
Francesco Fatone, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Preliminary programme

Innovations in treatment with Mecana
Geoff Cooper-Smith, Eliquo Hydrok, UK

Taking wastewater treatment off-grid
Richard Smith, Severn Trent Water, UK

Exploring factors influencing public receptivity to combined natural and engineered water treatment systems in the UK
Elaine Gallagher, Cranfield University, UK

RAVITA – recovery of P and N from wastewater
Laura Rossi, Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority, Finland

Location and travel details

Situated close to Milton Keynes and Bedford, the Cranfield campus is situated in Wharley End, very close to Cranfield village, and is about 10 minutes from the M1 motorway. There is rail and road access to most major airports as well as coach and train stations. Cranfield campus also has its own airport for private executive business travel.

Campus address:

Stafford Cripps, SC2
Building 41
College Road
MK43 0AL

Who should attend

• Water company employees
• Those working in environmental protection
• Those working on wastewater treatment innovations
• Regulators
• Academic and industry researchers working in wastewater treatment
• Supply chain companies


£150 – Standard delegate
£60 – Students
10% discount available to British Water members