University-based events


  •  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.

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  • Science meets Practice: Academic Research for Water Utilities

Speaker: Jan Peter van der Hoek from Delft University of Technology and Waternet, the Amsterdam water company
 13th December 2018, 13:15-14:05
Where: Chancellor’s Building, room 4.8, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Water utilities have huge ambitions to make their operations more sustainable and to contribute to the circular economy. Operation in the water cycle offers many possibilities, but also requires applied technological research to make full benefit of these opportunities. Bridging science and practice can be achieved by close cooperation between utilities and universities and has benefits. In the Netherlands, Waternet, the water utility of Amsterdam and surroundings, has shown that such a close cooperation really has benefits, accelerates innovation and has impact. In the presentation, several projects will be discussed in which cooperation between the utility, university and technology supplier pays off. Projects cover the whole water cycle and are closely related to resource recovery and energy recovery from the water cycle, e.g thermal energy recovery from drinking water, calcite production from drinking water and even single cell protein production using components from wastewater.

Jan Peter van der Hoek is a Professor of Drinking Water Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He also is head of the Strategic Centre of Waternet, the water cycle company of Amsterdam and surroundings. In this position he is responsible for the innovation strategy and the research agenda of Waternet. Read more.

This event is free and open to all. Any queries can be sent to Anni Laihanen.

  • Trace organic compounds in urban water bodies: occurrence & removal in advanced wastewater treatment

Speaker: Professor Martin Jekel from the Technical University of Berlin
 14th February 2018, 13:15-14:05
Where: Chancellor’s Building 4.10, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY

Trace organic compounds (TroC) are found since decades in all waters, influenced by human activities and consumption of chemicals for a great diversity of purposes. The concentration levels found differ, but are mostly in the range of a few ng/l to 100 and more µg/l (for a few substances), thus they are also called organic micropollutants, OMP. Due to many studies on the occurrence of TroC it became obvious, that there are many different sources, one of them are secondary effluents of domestic and industrial wastewaters. These are point sources, which are definitely influencing the receiving water bodies, up to the drinking water production from these imparted sources. The dilution is frequently not sufficient to lower the concentrations enough for surface water and drinking water production.

The advanced treatment of secondary effluents for TroC-removal is one feasible approach to reduce the impact. The ongoing studies at pilot and full scale in Switzerland and parts of Germany rely on the use of ozonation for TroC-oxidation, followed by a biofiltration or on adsorption of TroC on powdered and/or granular activated carbon. Both techniques are well adapted in advanced drinking water treatment for 50 years, due to early pollution. The lecture will show the benefits and limitations of these different approaches to TroC-removal, including the case of Berlin, where sewage plants are situated up-stream of drinking water sources and where bank filtration and groundwater recharge are traditional and natural treatment systems.

Martin Jekel is a Full Professor of Water Quality Control at the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the Technical University of Berlin. Read more.

This event is free and open to all. Any queries can be sent to Anni Laihanen.


  • ‘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. Read more.


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