Institute of Water One Day Science Conference 2018
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Institute of Water One Day Science Conference 2018

We are delighted to invite you to attend our second One Day Science Conference on Thursday 3rd May 2018 at the National STEM Centre in York.

Chaired by our Vice President Science, Robin Price, Head of Water Quality at Anglian Water, this one day Science Conference will gather speakers from many different scientific fields, including senior scientists from water companies and key academic figures in our industry. 

Under the title of 'Application of the Sciences Across the World of Water' you’ll hear how the role of scientists will need to change and adapt to future process science challenges and will learn more about the advancements in the world of analytical science. In the Life Science section, you’ll learn more about Cryptosporidium and virus detection and analysis, and the role of micro-organisms in taste and odour formation in reservoirs. Taking the world of science slightly wider, you’ll hear how behavioural science can be used to influence customers’ behaviour, and to change the culture within a company. Delegates will also learn more about, arguably the ‘newest’, science – data science – from data science industry leaders Microsoft.

The choice of conference venue is significant. Understanding more about how we can all work to understand and support those who teach and learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) is absolutely crucial if we are to continue to secure a pipeline of talent into our industry, and we hope that a legacy of the conference will be an increase in the number of STEM Ambassadors from within the Institute of Water.


Speakers and Sessions:

09.00: Registration

10.00: Introduction

  • Dr. Robin Price, Head of Water Quality, Anglian Water Services - 'Welcome and Introduction' 
  • Keynote Speaker: Frances Dainty, Head of Content and STEM Expertise - ‘STEM Learning: The National STEM Learning Centre, STEM Ambassadors and opportunities to get involved!’

10.45: Process & Catchment Science

  • Professor Elise Cartmell, Chief Scientist, Scottish Water - ‘The role of process scientists in future water and wastewater treatment’.
  • Rebecca Allen, SCaMP Officer, Northern Ireland Water - 'SCaMP NI – 'Protecting Raw Water:  Promoting Safe Pesticide Use and Environmental Stewardship.'

11.35: Break

12.00: Analytical & Data Science

  • Dr Charmian Abbott, Chief Scientist, United Utilities - ‘Innovative methods to enhance water quality’.
  • Mark Farrow-Smith, Principle Data and AI Lead Manufacturing and Utilities, and Dr Matthew Smith, Director for Business Development, Microsoft -  ‘From art to science to service: the era of operationalised predictive insights.’

12.50: Lunch

13.50: Life Science

  • Professor Rachel Chalmers, Consultant Clinical Scientist/Honorary Professor and Head, Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Public Health Wales - ‘Developments in Cryptosporidium detection and analysis.’
  • Professor John Fawell, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University and Member of Expert Committee for WHO Guidelines- ‘Out of sight, out of mind? The issue of viruses in the managed water cycle’.
  • Thomaz Andrade, Catchment Customer Acceptability Scientist, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water - ‘Understanding the production of taste and odour compounds in drinking water reservoirs: underlying causes and management principles.’

15.05: Break

15.30: Behavioural Science

  • Dr. Vittoria Danino, Head of the Anglian Centre for Water Studies, University of East Anglia - 'How to turn off the tap: Engaging society to reduce consumption'.
  • Alan Brown, Scientific Support Manager, Northumbrian Water - ‘Implementing a continuous improvement culture at water treatment works’.

16.30: Event Close 


As with our previous Science, Environment and Engineering conferences, this event is free to members. We expect the event to be very popular so book early to ensure you don't miss out! 


You can learn more about our speakers by reading their profiles HERE.


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Event Details

National STEM Learning Centre, The University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD


May 03rd 2018

May 03rd 2018

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