Past WSA events


  • Water In a Changing World – Research Challenges Forum

Thursday 28th June, 2018 – Bristol

The event brought together key academics across the GW4 universities, together with external stakeholders from the water industry, government, regulators, charities and funders. This was to hold research focused conversations and start developing a programme of future research and training to aid tackling the global challenges facing our water resources.



  •  WISE CDT Industry Day 

Friday 27th April, 2018 – Bristol

This year, the WISE CDT Industry Day will take place in Arup’s headquarters in Bristol. This event will showcase about 40 current research projects in themes such as Enhancing Infrastructure ResilienceWater Resources: Supply and QualityCoastal and Marine Processes, and Flood Risk and Prevention.

The event will also explore ways in which organisations can engage with the WISE CDT to tackle the challenges they face.

The aim is to stimulate new partnerships, leverage for collaboration on research, and routes to impact and implementation for current and future research. About 60 WISE CDT research students and academics will be available for discussions and to develop new partnerships.

Join us for discussions on Drivers for Change, Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience, Water Resources: Supply & Quality, Coastal & Marine Processes, and Flood Risk & Prevention.

  • Groundwater Futures in Urban Africa 

Wednesday 14th March, 2018 – Cardiff

Across much of tropical Africa there is a rising proliferation of privately-commissioned boreholes for domestic water supply.    This new form of mass water provision is opening up challenging questions for the resilience of communities and surrounding ecosystems, their vulnerability to natural or anthropogenic   hazards and distributional equity, particularly for the urban poor. Focusing on urban centres, this half-day interdisciplinary seminar will explore the implications of this trend for groundwater resources, dependent social and environmental systems and consider emerging research agendas.

  • Water Security Alliance: Next Steps Conference

Wednesday 31st January, 2018 – Cardiff

A one-day conference at Cardiff University to mark the formal launch of the GW4 Water Security Alliance; the conference will showcase the work of the GW4 research community for water security for people and ecosystems in a changing world, and will unite researchers with policy makers, advisors and stakeholders to explore collaboration, resource-sharing and training opportunities.

  •  SWIG Innovation Brokerage Workshop

Wednesday 22 November, 2017 – University of Bath

There is a wealth of new technology and innovation being developed in UK universities which often translates into the development of new products in industry. Successful translation and exploitation of academic research depends on recognising potential and forming necessary collaborations. This SWIG Innovation workshop is designed to bring together academic research groups and interested companies to identify potential technologies, collaboration, and exploitation opportunities in the area of sensor technologies developed for use in water.

  • Sources, fluxes and biological effects of microplastics in freshwater ecosystems  

Monday 13th November, 2017 – Cardiff University

A one-day workshop to draw on evidence available from marine systems as well as emerging evidence of microplastics in freshwaters and to gauge support for a possible submission to the NERC SPAG for community support on this subject.

Confirmed speakers include: Richard Thompson (Plymouth University), Tamara Galloway (University of Exeter), Isabelle Durance (Cardiff University), Alice Horton (CEH) and Katie Whitlock (Environment Agency).

  • Smart Water Workshop

Tuesday 24th October, 2017 – University of Exeter 

Join us for an invigorating, interactive and information-packed workshop addressing smart water technology and how related engineering solutions can help make our water systems and cities smarter to improve quality of life.

Confirmed speakers, from across GW4 and their university and utilities partners, include: Dr Michele Romano (Senior Engineer at Operations Technology in United Utilities), Dr Ivan Stoianov (Director of InfraSense Labs, Imperial College London), Prof. Xiangwei Wang (Visiting Prof. at University of Bristol, Deputy Director of the Centre of Natural Disaster Research, Sun Yat-Sen University, China), Dr Peter Melville-Shreeve; Josh Myrans (University of Exeter) and Prof Zoran Kapelan (Head of Water and Environment Group, University of Exeter). At the end of the day, the participants will have the opportunity to engage in a plenary discussion on future research needs in the smart water sector.


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