Upcoming events

Assessing biofouling potential through seawater reverse osmosis pre-treatment systems

When: TBC
University of Bath

Maria Kennedy, Professor of Water Treatment Technology at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, will speak at this joint WIRC/Chemical Engineering seminar.

A photo of Jo Burgess

From research to practice: innovation pathways for water technologies

When: TBC
University of Bath

In this WIRC seminar, Dr Jo Burgess from Isle Utilities will discuss the implementation of new technologies and solutions in the water sector.

Past events

Severn Trent Water Network Analysis Project 2016 – Present

James Tremlett and Jingguo Zhang from MWH Treatment discussed challenges and successes of the Severn Trent Water Network Analysis Project, developed in partnership with MWH Treatment and Severn Trent Water over the last four years. 

Tidal Revolution – Fishy Tales of Tidal Lagoons

In context of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, Andrew Schofield explained the evolution of fish impact assessments that may now meet the requirements of the statutory regulators and how impacts might be mitigated and monitored.

Physical Modelling of Soil Atmosphere Interaction

In this seminar, Professor Bernardo Caicedo from University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, described a physical model developed to simulate variable weather conditions.

WIRC Colloquium: PhD student seminar by Haoyu Ding, David Birt and Bert Swart

In this seminar, PhD students from across the University of Bath presented their research projects on a variety of water-related topics. David Birt and Bert Swart’s expertise ranges from reservoir resiliency to novel water treatment.

WIRC Colloquium: Research on advanced treatment technologies for water reclamation

Speaker: Professor Luuk Rietveld from TU Delft Department of Water Management
 19th November 2019, 13:15-14:05
Where: University of Bath, 6 East Building, room 2.1 (map)

Professor Rietveld from TU Delft discussed water reclamation at large scale and the need to rethink urban planning and conventional treatment schemes. Professor Rietveld presented work at the Department of Water Management at TU Delft on ceramic membrane modification for direct wastewater treatment and alternative adsorption of organic micro-pollutants based on zeolites to contribute to the development of future water infrastructures, as well as efforts to implement water reclamation in less privileged countries.

Water Innovation & Research Centre (WIRC@Bath) poster event

When: 10th September 2019, 14:00-16:00
Where: The Edge, University of Bath

This poster event showcased some of the cutting-edge water research being carried out in WIRC@Bath.

PhD research seminar  – Olivia Bailey and Vicky De Groof

Speaker: Olivia Bailey and Vicky De Groof
17 July 2019, 13:15-14:05
Where: 6 East Building, room 2.2, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Olivia Bailey is a PhD researcher within the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research is focused on developing a sustainable design for future sewer systems, currently focusing on opportunities for water conservation/wastewater concentration and the consequences for the sewerage system.

Vicky De Groof is researching anaerobic mixed culture processes for bio-waste valorization with Dr Ana Lanham, Dr Tom Arnot, Professor David Leak and Dr Marta Coma. Her PhD project is conducted in partnership with Wessex Water and GENeco. Vicky is an MSCA-FIRE fellow within CSCT.

The Wessex Water Cycle: Challenges and Research

Speaker: Ruth Barden from Wessex Water
 14th March 2019, 13:15-14:05
Where: 6 East Building, room 2.2, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Ruth Barden covers the key elements of the water cycle from a water company perspective from source to tap to toilet to sea.  The talk will highlight the current and future challenges, our approach to addressing these, including the academic research which has helped to inform our strategies.  The integration and impact of relevant research on our decision making will be highlighted.

A global perspective on the local challenges of water, waste and climate change in Bath

Speaker: Kees van Leeuwen, Global Chair and David Parking Visiting Professor at Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC@Bath)
 5th February 2019, 17:15-18:05
 Chancellor’s Building, room 2.6, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

This research has been carried out in the context of EIP Water. Globally more than 70 cities have been assessed, including Bath. The presentation focused on the general challenges in cities, water management and governance, the importance of developing co-benefits with other sectorial challenges in cities. Results of Bath were presented too.

 The Drought and Water Scarcity Programme (UK research)

Speaker: Jamie Hannaford, CEH Wallingford
 3rd December 2018, 17:30-19:00
Where:  Faculty Lecture Theatre, Trevithick Building, Cardiff University, CF24 3AA

The UK Droughts & Water Scarcity research programme is a five-year interdisciplinary, £12 million+ NERC programme in collaboration with ESRC, EPSRC, BBSRC and AHRC. It is supporting improved decision-making in relation to droughts and water scarcity by providing research that identifies, predicts and responds to the interrelationships between their multiple drivers and impacts.

The programme’s research is UK-focused, and contributes to NERC’s natural hazards and climate system strategic science themes.

Four projects are funded under the UK Droughts & Water Scarcity programme:

  • Historic Droughts : Understanding past drought episodes to develop improved tools for the future
  • IMPETUS : Improving predictions of drought to inform user decisions
  • MaRIUS : Managing the risks, impacts and uncertainties of drought and water scarcity
  • DRY : Drought risk and you

The UK Droughts & Water Scarcity programme has recently (April 2017) funded the final phase of the Programme that will build on the co-ordinated work of the four research projects to maximise the impact of the Programme for a diverse range of stakeholders in droughts and water scarcity. AboutDrought will provide access to all the outputs of the UK Droughts & Water Scarcity programme.

‘Taking waste out of wastewater‘ by Mark van Loosdrecht

When: 6th November 2018, 13:15-14:05
Where: 2 East Building, room 3.1, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Professor van Loosdrecht, together with Professor Bruce Rittmann, was named the 2018 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate for his pioneering role in the water-related environmental biotechnology revolution currently taking place. Rittmann and van Loosdrecht have both played a leading role by presenting new knowledge around microbiological processes in wastewater, but their contributions are not only academic. Their research has also led to a new generation of water treatment processes that make it possible to remove harmful contaminants from water, cut wastewater treatment costs, reduce energy consumption and even recover chemicals and nutrients for recycling. The Environmental Biotechnology research group around Professor Mark van Loosdrecht at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands has contributed a number of patented innovations that have turned wastewater treatment on its head.