This conference is the seventh of an annual series addressing innovative treatment options for wastewater treatment.

This conference is supported by British Water and the Wastewater Network. The conference will have a great mixture of international speakers, both academics and industry leaders, discussing challenges and innovations for wastewater treatment on current and longer term scenarios. The day will also include a poster exhibition and a visit to Cranfield University’s Pilot Hall facilities.

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Event programme

09:30-10:00 Welcome, registration and coffee
10:00-10:15 Introduction Mark Jones, Wastewater Network chair
10:15-10:50 Keynote: FOG – The whole story, from catchment to treatment Raffaella Villa, De Montfort University, UK
10:50-11:15 Potable reuse treatment for centralized and decentralized applications: disinfection and disinfection by-product control Alex Anna Szczuka, Stanford University, USA
11:15-11:40 Coffee break and poster exhibition
11:40-12:05 Granular Activated Sludge – Process commissioning experiences and learning from the new Nereda processes at United Utilities Rebecca Shields and Joseph Kenyon, United Utilities, UK
12:05-12:30 Fate of AMR in wastewater treatment Panagiota Adamou, Newcastle University, UK
12:30-13:30 Buffet lunch and poster exhibition
13:30-14:05 Keynote: How to get more out of your wastewater treatment plant data by smart measurement planning Eveline Volcke, Ghent University, Belgium
14:05-14:30 Closing water, energy, material and nutrient cycles in buildings Maria Wirth, Alchemia Nova, Austria
14:30-14:55 Coffee break and poster exhibition
14:55-15:20 Anammox process for N and P removal in liquors from thermally hydrolysed sludge dewatering Charlotte Went and Ben Digby, Severn Trent, UK
15:20-15:45 Low-cost sensors for rapid monitoring of wastewater quality Zhugen Yang, Cranfield University, UK
15:45-16:00 Best poster prize presentation and conference closure Mark Jones, Wastewater Network chair
16:00-17:00 Optional: Visit to Cranfield University’s National Research Facility for Water and Wastewater Treatment

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.

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 or biosolids treatment,
  • Supply chain companies.


£150 – standard delegate, £60 – students. 10% discount available to British Water members and Cranfield alumni. 20% discount available to IChemE members.