5th Low Energy Wastewater Treatment Systems Conference and 4th Wastewater Network Conference

Date: 9th November 2016

Location: Stafford Cripps, Room SC2, Cranfield University

This conference is the 5th in an annual series focusing on low energy treatment options for wastewater. This year’s theme is on the influence of circular economy in the water sector, with an emphasis on resource recovery and effluent factories. We have confirmed academic speakers presenting cutting edge innovations on the topic and senior representatives from the water industry sharing their future strategies for urban and rural wastewater treatment plans.

Event Programme

09:30-10:00 Welcome, registration and coffee
10:00-10:15 Introduction from Mark Jones
10:15-10:50 Keynote: Severn Trent’s wastewater treatment future: effluent factories and rural sites Bob Stear, Severn Trent Water – Head of innovation
10:50-11:15 Innovation in nutrients removal and recovery from wastewater Marc Pidou, Cranfield University
11:15-11:35 Coffee Break
11:35-12:00 Operation of a full-scale nutrient recovery municipal wastewater treatment plant Devendra P. Saroj, University of Surrey
12:00-12:25 H2020 Project ENERWATER - Quantification and reduction of energy expenditure in WWTP Miguel Mauricio Iglesias, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
12:25-13:30 Buffet lunch and poster exhibition
13:30-14:05 Keynote: Yorkshire Water's aspirations for localised treatment and resource recovery at small and large scale Jon Brigg, Yorkshire Water – Manager of innovation
14:05-14:30 Scale up and development of a microbial electrolysis cell (MEC) for domestic wastewater treatment Sarah Cotterill, Newcastle University
14:30-14:50 Coffee break
14:50-15:15 Achieving sustainable rural communities Allan Mason, Scottish Water
15:15-15:40 Overview of additional capabilities of constructed wetlands Bruce Jefferson, Cranfield University
15:40-15:55 Conference close Mark Jones, Wastewater Network chair
16:00-17:00 Pilot hall tour (optional)

Location and travel details

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles).

Who should attend

  • Water company employees
  • Those working in wastewater treatment/process engineering
  • Those working in investing planning roles in the water industry Regulators
  • Academic and industry researchers working in wastewater treatment
  • Those in research and development roles


Event fee: £150


Student Rate £60 (please bring valid Student ID)


British Water Members and Future Water Association Members £135

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