Our annual conference of the UK Wastewater Network will take place at Cranfield University on 29 November 2022.


This conference is the tenth in an annual series addressing innovative treatment options for wastewater treatment. This event is an excellent opportunity for attendees to get the latest challenges and innovations for wastewater treatment at current and longer term, and interact on the topic with scientists and researchers from wastewater companies and leading global academic institutions.

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.

This year we will also be organising a session dedicated to young and early career researchers with a series of 5-minute presentations. We therefore invite young and early career researchers to submit an application for a talk on their work and most recent research advances on innovations for wastewater treatment. A jury, composed of water professionals and researchers, will vote for the best early career researcher’s presentation, with a best presentation prize being awarded during the conference.

Applications for a 5-minute early career researcher presentation can be summitted to Kristell Le Corre Pidou at: k.s.lecorrepidou@cranfield.ac.uk. Deadline: 31 October 2022

Download the conference schedule.;

Event programme

9:30 - 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee.
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome and introduction to the conference
Bruce Jefferson, Professor of Water Engineering, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK and Chair of the UK Wastewater Network.
10:10 - 10:45 Session 1.

Keynote: Nanotechnology-enabled water and wastewater treatment strategies: main achievements of the ELECTRON4WATER project.
Jelena Radjenovic, Research Professor, Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies – ICREA, Spain.
10:45 - 11;10 Innovative water and wastewater treatment using novel biocatalysts to deliver process intensification and circular economy benefits.
Ajay Nair, Global Director of Commercial & Technical Strategy, Microvi, UK.
11:10 - 11:35 Coffee break
11:35 - 12:10 Session 2.

Keynote: River water quality and storm overflows: A systems-approach to maximising improvement.
Alastair Chisholm, Director of Policy at the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, UK.
12:10 - 12:35 Taking Action Now - Wessex Water’s Storm Overflow Improvement Plan
Julian Okoye, Storm Overflow Engagement Manager, Wessex Water, UK.
12:35 - 13:00 What is a BOD event?
Jasmeet Lota, Process Engineer, Wholesale Wastewater Operations, Thames Water, UK.
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00 Session 3.

Early Career Researchers Session
15:00 - 15:25 Novel media for moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) to remove nutrients from municipal wastewater.
Anjani Parsotamo, Technical Support Engineer, Warden Biomedia, UK
Ana Soares, Professor of Biotechnology Engineering, Cranfield University, UK.
15:25 - 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 - 16:05 Carbon Footprint Sankey Diagrams of Sewage Treatment Flowsheets.
Josh Walton, Electrical engineer, Galliford Try, UK.
16:05 - 16:30 Achieving Net Zero - Monitoring and Mitigating Process Emissions from Wastewater Treatment.
Paul Lavender, Director Water Utilities (UK), Royal Haskoning DHV, UK.
16:30 - 16:40 Sponsored YR presentation prize
16:40 - 16:45 Concluding remarks and Conference close
Bruce Jefferson, Professor of Water Engineering, Cranfield Water Science Institute, UK.

Location and travel details

Stafford Cripps, SC1
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL

How to find us

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


Full fees: £150, student fees: £60, alumni discount: 10% off the standard delegate fee.