Our annual conference of the UK Water Network will take place online on the 28 September 2021

This conference is the fourteenth in an annual series focusing on drinking water production, from source to tap. Attendees of the conference will have the opportunity to get the latest information on water treatment and supply, and interact on the topic with scientists and researchers from water companies and leading global academic institutions.

For the first time, the conference will also host a virtual poster exhibition. We therefore invite the participants to submit a digital poster on their work and most recent research advances in potable water treatment and supply. With the conference taking place online, the poster presenters will be required to submit their digital poster as a three-minute recorded presentation. A jury, composed of water professional and researchers will vote for the best digital poster presentation, with a best digital poster presentation prize being awarded during the conference. For further information on poster presentations, you can access our guidelines along with a PowerPoint template, but if you have any additional questions, contact Kristell Le Corre Pidou.

Event programme

09:30-10:00 Online registration and virtual coffee
10:00-10:05 Welcome Prof Peter JARVIS, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK
Session 1 Chair: Prof John Fawell
10:10-10:30 Testing the limits and evaluating the potential of small bench scale online coagulation units - comparison of pilot and bench scale experiments using online coagulation to remove NOM. Stephan J. KÖHLER, Innovation Coordinator, Uppsala Vatten SWEDEN and Ida SEKOVIC, Norrvatten, SWEDEN.
10:30-10:50 An alternative way to clean slow sand filters. Tolulope ELEMO, EngD Researcher, STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre, Cranfield University, UK.
10:50 - 10:55 Transition break – 5 min
Session 2 Chair: Prof John Fawell
10:55-11:15 What are biofilms doing in our drinking water distribution pipes? Prof Joby BOXALL, Professor of Water Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Sheffield, UK.
11:15-11:35 Removal of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) from drinking water – an overview. Dr Lutz AHRENS, Associate Professor in Organic Environmental Chemistry, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), SWEDEN and Philip McCleaf, Water Resources Engineer, Uppsala Vatten, SWEDEN.
Session 3 Chair: Prof Peter Jarvis
11:35 - 11:50 Virtual Coffee Break – 15min – Online poster exhibition
11:50-12:10 Managing taste and odour risk at Tophill Low Water Treatment Works, East Yorkshire Dr Will DUCKWORTH, Water Quality Scientist and Dr. Amy JEFFREY, Technical Support Scientist, Yorkshire Water, UK.
12:10-12:30 Virus mitigation using advanced drinking water treatment processes: The influence of virus structure. Dr Brooke K. MAYER, Associate professor in Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
12:30-12:40 Poster Award Presentation. Ben TAM, Chair of the IWA UK Committee, Isle Utilities, UK.
12:40-12:45 Concluding remarks and Conference close Prof Peter JARVIS, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK.
10:05-10:10 Introduction to the conference Prof John FAWELL, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK Chair of the Water Network

Location and travel details

This event will take place online.

Who should attend

  • Water company employees
  • Consultants for the water sector
  • Public health professionals
  • Those working in drinking water quality
  • Regulators
  • Supply chain companies
  • Academic and industry researchers working in drinking water treatment and supply


£50 per delegate, £30 for students and 10% discount for Cranfield University alumni and IWA members.