SWIG Water & Health Workshop

Date: 31st January 2018

Location: University of the West of England, Bristol BS34 8QZ


Approximately 60% of our body is water which is vital for our bodies to function. We have come to expect clean water for drinking and for our daily living and to maintain a health lifestyle. Clean water and healthy food are seen as critical elements in ensuring a healthy nation, reducing the burden on the NHS. Our health can be put at risk if our water supplies become polluted or contaminated with bacteria, toxins or other chemicals and heavy metals.

In ensuring that the health of the nation is given priority, the EPSRC have identified a “Healthy Nation” as one of their Prosperity Outcomes of the strategy and delivery plan up to 2020. The EPSRC identifies that the development of new technologies materials will enhance our ability to predict, detect and treat disease.

The application of new sensing technologies along with more traditional approaches and the application of connected systems can be used for the early detection of microbial pathogens and toxic chemicals preventing disease and ensuring the supply of clean water protecting the population from disease and contribute towards a healthy nation.

This workshop will have a keynote talk from Public Health England giving an overview of waterborne disease followed by presentations from companies and researchers showcasing the latest devices and sensor technologies that are able to rapidly detect microbiological and chemical contaminants.

A joint workshop held with the Water Science Forum Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chaired by: Richard Luxton, IBST, University of the West of England

Programme: Draft final agenda

Location: Exhibition and Conference Centre, University of the West of England, Filton Rd, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8QZ

(Use the UWE north entrance to access the ECC – here is a downloadable map)

For satnav purposes the postcode is: BS34 8QZ

Please note that parking is limited, and will need to be booked in advance. To obtain a parking permit please contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

Alternatively, the nearest train station is Bristol Parkway, where there is a taxi rank and buses to UWE which is a short ride away.

Prices: £89.00 inc VAT for SWIG members.  £161 inc VAT for non-members. NEW LOWER RATE £20 for students. Literature may be distributed for a fee of £67 and a limited number of table top displays are available at £128 each.

Booking: Please use the SWIG online booking form to register (which includes an option for online payment), or contact rosa.richards@swig.org.uk

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