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

17th International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference

01 - 04 September 2019, University of Exeter, UK

Since the beginnings of this conference series in the early 1990s, the pace of change in this field has been enormous. The water sector is now in a full-scale phase of digitalisation. The proliferation of sensors of various types, smart meters, large-scale and widespread data acquisition, increasingly sophisticated modelling tools, information and communication technologies, Internet of Things, and the roll-out of 5G wireless networks will have profound implications for the management of water systems over the coming years.

This is the 17th in a series of conferences organised by the universities of Brunel, De Montfort, Exeter, Imperial College, and Sheffield. Initially a biennial series held in the UK, the series has in recent years been held annually in Italy, the Netherlands and Canada. We are proud to be able to host the next International Computing & Control for the Water Industry Conference at the University of Exeter on 1st-4th September 2019.

The aim of this CCWI conference is to bring together practitioners and researchers to discuss the emerging 'WATER 4.0' agenda - water systems modelling, data and control.

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Flood Expo

11-12 September 2019, NEC Birmingham

The Flood Expo, sponsored by Aquaclear Water Management and supported by The Environment Agency, is the world’s largest exhibition designed to help the most progressive flood professionals discover the latest innovative products, services and strategies that transform the way flooding is predicted, prevented, and managed.

This year's exhibition promises to be the most forward-thinking to date, housing 150 cutting- edge exhibitors, with the likes of what3words, The Forest Group and Hydronalix, as well as 100 expert led seminars from the world's leading flood experts. Alongside our world-class lineup of CPD accredited, educational talks and demonstrations, will be an unprecedented scale of opportunities, products and services from the world’s most dominant flood defence and control companies, who will highlight new, cost-effective ways to prevent and manage floods.

This expo is entirely devoted to presenting strategies and groundbreaking technology to widespread flooding problems, with a focus on development in flood management, the future of flood defence infrastructure, delivery of flood risk management, case studies of flood experiences, affordable and accessible flood defence measures and future flooding and erosion risks in the UK as key features of the show.

Flood Expo 2019 has more space dedicated to networking than ever before. The shows networking area, sponsored by Gravitas International, is specifically designed for all professionals and business owners working in flood defence, prevention and prediction to interact and form long-lasting relationships in the most comfortable environment possible

Aside from the 150 industry leading exhibitors, visitors will also benefit from the expert-led seminar schedule, and the unrivalled lineup of keynote speakers to be announced in the coming months, so keep an eye on our social media!

With exhibitors from across many sectors all coming together under one roof, it is hard to find a reason not to attend. Instead of spending hours looking at companies on the internet, speak to the people behind the solution face to face.

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New tools for Climate Repair: an introduction for engineers

11 September 2019 | Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London

With the UK Parliament joining many other national governments and international institutions in declaring a climate emergency, new impetus has been given to radical approaches which aim to reverse the damage caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

With the full support and participation of the physical chemist, Sir David King FRS, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister (2000 -2007) this important meeting will not only introduce tools and technologies which could repair the Earth's climate, but also outline the role for engineers if these ambitions are to be achieved.

Particular focus will be placed on Iron Salt Aerosol (ISA), a technique inspired by the Earth’s natural corrective mechanisms to stabilise its climate. Able to remove several greenhouse gases to cool areas beneath clouds, ISA would potentially help to refreeze the polar ice caps, amongst other positive effects.

Potential positive effects could include:

i) rapid depletion of methane gas

ii) increased rainfall wash-out of black/brown carbon particulates

iii) cooling from increased marine cloud brightening

iv) increased CO2 drawdown by ocean fertilisation

v) cooling as ocean brightens when phytoplankton turn it from black-blue to turquoise

As well as David King, speakers include Dr Renaud de Richter, scientific researcher at the Institut Charles Gerhardt in France to talk about Iron Salt Aerosols, and Jim Haywood, Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Exeter and Research Fellow at the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services, to outline the past and present initiatives for climate repair.

The technologies and techniques still require open field trials to test safety and for validation of procedures, but if they are to have any chance of success, engineers must engage at this early stage and help move the agenda forward.

Registration is free of charge, but spaces are limited, so ensure you book early to avoid disappointment

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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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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

his 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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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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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.

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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.

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