All invited! come and join the GW4 Water Security Alliance on June 7th 2021, for the next in our series of international water research presentations with our Canadian partners at Global Water Futures Young Professionals. This is our third event; and we are keen to engage more PhD students studying in all areas of water science, to come and share ideas about our research and gain new collaborations from across the pond. Get in touch with Andy Schofield: email@example.com to find out more and attend.
Water, Infrastructure and Extreme Events Workshops
The WSA’s Water, Infrastructure and Extreme Events Special Interest Research Group will be hosting workshops during May, to help better connect stakeholders with GW4 researchers in addressing the impact of extreme events on managed assets and infrastructure, in the region. The workshops are:
5 May 2021: Urban Planning – focusing on Cardiff City Council’s concerns about future flood risk;
17 May 2021: Transport – involving Network Rail and Highways England, looking at the resilience of transport infrastructure;
26 May 2021: Water Sector Infrastructure – involving South West Water, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, and Wessex Water.
Read more about these events.
If you would like to participate in any of the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners of Ofwat Innovation in Water Challenge announced
Ofwat have announced the winners of its inaugural Innovation in Water challenge competition. Eleven collaborative projects will receive up to £250k each to tackle the biggest issues facing the water sector in England and Wales. Of the 11 successful projects, 7 involve local water companies – Bristol Water, Dŵr Cymru (Welsh Water), South West Water and Wessex Water – and two involve researchers at Cardiff University and the University of Exeter. Congratulations! For information about the projects and details of a ‘winners talk’ on the 5 May, see here. Details of the the next Ofwat Challenge can be found below.
WSA Webinars engage global audience
Despite the Water Security Alliance operational team having been in existence for less than 2 years, they are making huge strides in the development of a global network of supporters.
Since launching in October 2020 the WSA’s Friday afternoon Webinar series has attracted nearly 500 subscribers globally, with 41 different countries connected via the Alliance. Twenty-two presentations have been received this academic year with contributors from Sri Lanka, Iran, Canada, Ghana and Italy as well as GW4 institutions and stakeholders. If you have missed a presentation you can watch recordings here.
Come and join us…
The webinars are open to all! view the programme and register here.
Engineering Research Showcase 19-23 April
The University of Bristol invites you to attend its inaugural Engineering Research Showcase. Through a series of panel debates and talks, this virtual event will showcase some of the exciting and leading research taking place across its Faculty of Engineering.
AQUA~360 Conference – Abstract deadline extended!
The deadline for abstract submissions for the AQUA 360 Conference is being extended until 15th May 2021. A diverse range of submissions from different themes have already been received and organisers would love to receive yours – if you have not had a chance to submit one yet.
AQUA360~Water for All; Emerging Issues and Innovations is being organised by the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter. The conference will be online and will take place from 31st August to 2nd September 2021. We have lined up 9 keynote lectures at the conference.
Important Scientific Data goes Public in Water Industry First
A new database that contains important information on trace chemicals found in treated wastewater has gone live and, in a water industry first, is being made publicly available for anyone to access. The Chemicals Investigations Programme Database contains final effluent data from 600 wastewater treatment works in England and Wales from the past 5 years. Read more.
Funding for a new CDT at Cardiff and Exeter
Exeter and Cardiff Universities and partners, have secured £3.5m for a new Centre for Doctoral Training, with funding from NERC, to research chemicals in the environment. The new centre, named ECORISC – Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment Towards Sustainable Chemical Use Centre for Doctoral Training – will fund 39 new PhD studentships with the support of 28 partners. Read more.
Royal Academy of Engineering Award for WSA Scientist’s Sewers4COVID project
Experts from the University of Exeter’s Centre for Water Systems have received a prestigious award for their exceptional engineering achievements in tackling COVID-19.
Professor Dragan Savic, Dr Lydia Vamvakeridou-Lyroudia, Professor Albert Chen, Dr Mehdi Khoury and Gareth Lewis have received the Royal Academy of Engineering President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service for their pivotal work in the Sewers4COVID project, that developed an orginal approach for early detection of the virus by analysing waste water. Read more.
WSA scientists lead ‘DOWN2EARTH’ tackling African climate change resilience
The DOWN2EARTH project is led by WSA scientists at Cardiff University in collaboration with WSA academics from the University of Bristol, and 13 other partners in 7 countries. The project will employ state-of-the-art seasonal forecasts and decadal projections of climate change and translate this into clear and concise information that can be used by farmers and pastoralists, communities, NGOs and governments to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on rural livelihoods.