Our annual conference of the UK Wastewater Network has moved online!


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

Despite a recent move to a fully virtual event for the first time in eight years, it will remain an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn more about the latest challenges and innovations for wastewater treatment at present and in the longer term, and interact on the topic with scientists and researchers from wastewater companies and leading global academic institutions.

The event 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.

This year the conference will focus on the new economies of wastewater treatment. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Professor Korneel Rabaye, Ghent University (Belgium) on microbial protein production;
  • Dr Ilje Pikaar, The University of Queensland (Australia) on coagulant recovery;
  • Dr David Spurgeon, The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UK) on nanomaterials and plastics in sewage and sludge, and risks to soil invertebrates;
  • Dr Andrew McLeod, Jacobs (UK) on UK water net zero carbon;
  • Professor Ewan McAdam, Cranfield University (UK) on the ammonia economy.



Company Contact Country
Alfreds Futterkiste Maria Anders Germany
Centro comercial Moctezuma Francisco Chang Mexico
Ernst Handel Roland Mendel Austria
Island Trading Helen Bennett UK
Laughing Bacchus Winecellars Yoshi Tannamuri Canada
Magazzini Alimentari Riuniti Giovanni Rovelli Italy

Event Programme

09.30-10.00 Online registration and virtual coffee
10.00-10.10 Welcome and introduction to the conference Professor Bruce Jefferson, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK
10.10-10.30 Towards circular use of coagulants in urban water management Dr Ilje Pikaar, The University of Queensland, Australia
10.30-10.50 Microbial protein: feed and food from recovered resources Professor Korneel Rabaey, Ghent University, Belgium
10.50-10.55 Transition break - 5 minutes
10.55-11.15 Exposure and ecological hazard of microplastics in soil amendment - towards assessment of risk Dr David Spurgeon, The UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK
11.15-11.35 UK Water Net Zero – Quantifying the role of biosolids to land Dr Andrew McLeod, Jacobs, UK
11.35-11.50 Virtual coffee break - 15 minutes
11.50-12.10 Ammonia to energy: A key decarbonisation strategy for the water sector Professor Ewan McAdam, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK
12.10-12.30 Speaker to be confirmed
12.30-12.40 Concluding remarks and conference close Professor Bruce Jefferson, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK

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, and those working in supply chain companies.


£50 per delegate, £30 for students and £45 for Cranfield University alumni (10% discount).

How to register

To register please complete our registration form and make the relevant payment.