Industry Events

CIWEM supports a wide range of industry events that are of interest and benefit to our Members. If you would like your event to be considered please email

Practical River Works

23-24 September 2019 | The Scottish Natural Heritage Headquarters, Great Glen House, Leachkin Rd, Inverness, IV3 8NW

A best practice design and build event

Engineering works are often required where built infrastructure such as roads, railways, pipelines, cables and buildings interact with rivers and their floodplains. While such works must deliver a practical outcome, there is an increasing requirement that they are sustainable in the longer term and sensitive to the natural environment.

Such objectives are best achieved by working with river processes, producing solutions that aim to reproduce/ reinstate the natural form and function of stable channel-floodplain systems. This approach is now at the heart of decision making by regulatory bodies.

The event will describe the background to such an approach to river works, the advantages of its application, the regulatory/ legislative context and provide examples of design/ construction methods (including case studies, both successful and unsuccessful). A significant part of the event will be site visits to some of the case studies to help with visualisation and understanding.

To express interest for this event, please send an email to or call 01463 718 831

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ICE Coastal Management 2019: Joining forces to shape our future coasts

24 -26 September 2019, La Rochelle, France

Coastal Management Call for Posters

This is an invitation to share your latest research, technological advancement or product development, even if in its infancy, with the wider coastal community.

The conference will host this to shine a light on innovation, with dedicated sessions to facilitate the early release of new ideas, pioneering research, design guidance/best practise, specialist advice and services.

You will be given the opportunity to showcase your work through a short presentation, supply an accompanying poster to be displayed in the exhibition area during the event, and provide a briefing paper to be shared with all delegates and included in the published conference proceedings.

To be considered please submit a pitch, which can include figures/photos/diagrams but not exceed 300 words and a single side of A4, by Friday 24 May 2019.

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5th European Conference on Sludge Management

06 - 08 October 2019, Liège, Belgium

The main scope of the Conference is to provide a scientific program of cutting-edge research in wastewater sludge management. It will bring together international experts of sludge management, scientists, researchers and engineers, R&D laboratories, water agencies, governmental delegates, and private companies to discuss the problems, solutions, and innovative technologies and systems for the sludge management of water and wastewater treatment field.

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How to get more out of building on small brownfield sites

07 October 2019 | Webinar | 12:30 - 14:00

This event explores opportunities that construction professionals currently have on small brownfield sites and how we can better utilise them.


Building on brownfield sites has been high on the government’s agenda for many years. There are many incentives available for the development of small sites. CIRIA published A guide to small brownfield sites and land contamination C773 (2018) over a year ago. This webinar will look at the impact it has had, if any, especially for busy SMEs. We will look at how best to utilise the opportunities and work more efficiently on brownfield projects. Finally asking the question how can we do better?

Why attend

This event will:

  • raise the awareness of the opportunities associated with redeveloping small brownfield sites
  • discuss issues that people should be aware of in these projects
  • share good practice and experience


Please sign in or create an account to register for this event. LACL and BRMF members: please note only 2 free tickets are available per company. If you are experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on 020 7549 3300 or email Joining instructions will be sent 10 days before the webinar

LACL and BRMF members: Free
All other attendees: £35 + VAT

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European workshop: Waste water phosphorus removal tomorrow: ambitions and reality

09 October 2019, Liège, Belgium

In the context of the current revision of EU water policy (Water Framework Directive Waste Water Treatment Directive), enable dialogue between the water industry, experts and policy makers (EU, national) on perspectives for phosphorus removal: - Low discharge consents - Flexible permitting / emissions trading - P-removal from small sewage works - Interactions between phosphorus recycling and developments in P-removal and resource recovery in sewage works.

Back-to-back to ECSM’19 (European Conference on Sludge Management), Liège 06 - 08 October 2019 .

Registration is now open, reduced price for CIWEM members.

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Brownfield Investigation and Remediation 2019

09 October 2019, Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

This conference will join together our previous Site Investigation and Risk and Remediation events, offering delegates regulatory updates, insights into current site investigation works and cost-effective solutions to contaminated land risk assessment and remediation challenges.

Brownfield Investigation and Remediation 2019 will provide the brownfield sector with a streamed conference programme, which will focus specifically on site investigation and risk and remediation, bringing the field together with keynote plenaries, invaluable networking time and an exhibition area showcasing those at the forefront of the contaminated land industry.

10% discount on our conference for CIWEM members using the code CIWEM10.

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PFAS - what are they and why should we care?

15 October 2019 | Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London | 10:00 - 15:00

This event will discuss why construction professionals in the UK should pay more attention to Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS ) and how to assess and manage that risk


Perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFAS )are a group of man-made substances used in many industrial and consumer products such as carpeting, clothing, fire-fighting foams, metal plating in stain repellents, polishes, paints, and coatings because of their water, oil and heat resistance properties. There is evidence to indicate that soils and groundwater in certain locations within the UK have been impacted by these substances.

PFAS has caused many issues in other countries e.g. US and Australia both of which have developed guidance on how to manage and mitigate their use.

Awareness of PFAS is not high in the UK, it is however a regulated contaminant according to Environment Agency.

UK practitioners would benefit by ensuring they are aware and are prepared to deal with their risk. We look to learn from other countries on how to manage PFAS risk as at present there are very few places where they can access help.

Who should attend
Contractors, consultants, local authorities and other regulators

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United Kingdom & Ireland Lakes Network Conference 2019

16 - 17 October 2019, Westport, Ireland

This year the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, Ireland) are hosting the United Kingdom and Ireland Lake Network (UKLIN) Conference on the 16th and 17th of October 2019 in Westport.

This year’s theme is “Lakes – protecting, enhancing, restoring”. The theme encompasses activities from monitoring to actions on the ground to protect, enhance and restore lakes. The thread running through the conference will be the Water Framework Directive (WFD), in a broad sense. The purpose of the conference is to show how everyone plays a role in bringing about good water quality and habitat conditions. It is to illustrate how our activities are linked and form building blocks. It is through working together that achieving good water quality is possible.

The proposed schedule is to have a day of presentations on the 16th of October followed by a fieldtrip to the Marine Institute Facility at Newport on Lough Feeagh and other lakes in the West on the 17th of October.

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8th IWA-Aspire Conference and Exhibition

31 October - 02 November 2019, Hong Kong

On behalf of the International Water Association Regional Committee of Hong Kong, China (IWA-HK), we cordially invite you to join us in the IWA-ASPIRE Conference and Exhibition 2019 to be held in Hong Kong from 31st October to 2nd November 2019. The main theme of the Conference is “Smart Solutions for Water Resilience” and we will explore and deliberate on state-of-the-art solutions including green and water resilient infrastructure for addressing the challenges posed by climate change.

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Innovative non-intrusive site investigation - now and the future

06 November 2019 | 10:00 - 15:00 | Manchester

This event will provide insight into the latest developments and emerging approaches of non intrusive site investigation. It will also provide an opportunity for you to meet potential suppliers and clients in this area


An effective site investigation can help minimise the risk of encountering “unforeseen” ground conditions and improve the viability of the entire redevelopment project.

Non intrusive site investigation has been applied in many construction sites for different reasons e.g. land contamination and other issues. e.g. archaeological surveys While our understanding of risk assessment has improved over the year, has there been much real ‘innovation’ in non intrusive methods? If we don’t educate clients on and promote existing innovative techniques, how can we encourage more new approaches in the future?

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EngineerJobs Live

07 November 2019, London

20 November 2019, Birmingham

EngineerJobs Live (formerly The National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition) brings together the UK's top engineering employers at central locations in London and Birmingham.

This free one-day event offers engineers from all disciplines and experience levels the unique opportunity to meet a wide-range of top employers and gather careers advice from experts.

Employers at the event include Barhale, HS2, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Ocado and more.

In addition to meeting top engineering companies, visitors can take advantage of a CV Clinic, Careers Advice Lounge, Professional Development Hub as well as a full programme of Careers Talks.

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Brownfield Redevelopment: North

13 November 2019, Marriott Hotel, Leeds

Environment Analyst and Brownfield Briefing are pleased to be returning to Leeds with this informative one-day conference, providing updated policy, technical and funding solutions to help reduce the risks and potential costs of brownfield and contaminated land development, increasing investor and developer confidence; and so maximising viability.

10% discount on our conference for CIWEM members using the code CIWEM10.

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European Biosolids & Organic Resources Conference & Exhibition

19-20 November, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

The conference remains the leading technical event in Europe highlighting operational efficiencies, best practice, regulatory change, research and new technology in the fields of bioresources and biowastes.

Working with our independent steering committee, we are delighted to share the 2019 event programme.

Keynote Speakers

  • Alexander Madden, Chief Executive, Agrivert – Future of bioresource management in the UK
  • Christian Kabbe, Managing Director, EasyMining Germany – Nutrient recycling in Germany: current and future approaches
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Flood Risk Management: Resilience and Adaptation

05 December 2019, Kensington High Street, Wrights Lane, London

Returning for the second year, this one-day conference will look at the regulatory and policy backdrop enabling better flood risk management, and provide practical strategies to manage the impact of flooding on infrastructure and housing development.

Fully researched and written in discussion with Lead Local Flood Authorities and environmental and flood risk consultants, the programme will provide a mix of presentations, including case studies and new approaches; Q&A discussion; and networking opportunities to enable you to get the most out of your day. You will leave with the information you need to better manage the likely risks from changing weather patterns and achieve a more proactive and integrated approach to flood resilience at a local level.

10% discount on our conference for CIWEM members using the code CIWEM10.

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