The UK-YWP is the best opportunity for young professionals working on the water to network, share skills, ideas and opportunities, and learn from each other. The Conference will have a mix of regular sessions, keynotes, PICO poster sessions, career fair, social and technical visits, and much more. Young Professionals from all sectors are welcome.

This year’s theme is Towards a Resilient Water Future. We are interested in knowing more about how your work is contributing to achieve this goal. Abstracts on the following topics are welcome:

  • Latest innovations in water
  • Engineering solutions
  • Business models
  • Economics and financing
  • Data and decision-making (decision support systems, machine learning, forecasting)
  • Building resilience to water-related risks in different sectors (agriculture, public water supply, businesses, environment)
  • Water allocation, communities and governance
  • SDGs and water
  • Water treatment, water reuse
  • Water stewardship in businesses
  • Sustainable water use
  • Nature-based solutions for water management
  • Learning from other sectors – synergies and opportunities

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission has now closed.

Key Dates

  • Call for abstracts open: 18th Dec 2017
  • Deadline abstract submission: extended until 1st March 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: mid-March 2018
  • Deadline to register: 9th April 2018


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Event Programme

To start planning your trip, have a look at the agenda for the event. More details on each session will be added shortly.

12:00-13:30 Registration & Refreshments Atrium, Vincent Building
13:30-14:00 Welcome Session Auditorium, Vincent Building
14:00-15:30 Solving theWater Challenges Workshops Lecture Rooms, Vincent Building
15:30-16:00 Coffee break Atrium, Vincent Building
16:00-17:30 Careers Session Auditorium, Vincent Building
19:30-21:30 Welcome Drinks CMDC

Location and travel details

Vincent Building,
Cranfield University, Cranfield, Bedfordshire MK43 0AL

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

Who should attend

Young and emerging professionals in the sector, as well as in any other related sector.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Would you like to sponsor this conference and have an exhibition space?
Please, check here the available options and the associated benefits.


Conference fee: £70 for IWA, Institute of Water or British Water members £90 for non-members

How to register