Event: Water Innovation Conference

June 21 2018, HR Wallingford, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

The UK Water Partnership, Hydro Nation, HR Wallingford, and CEH will be hosting a free Water Innovation Conference.

Agenda

10.30: Coffee and Registration

11.00: Plenary session

Welcome and introductions:

HR Wallingford – Bruce Tomlinson,

CEH -Professor Alan Jenkins,

Hydro Nation – Jon Rathjen,

The UK Water Partnership – Tony Rachwal

Q and A session

11.30: Launch the UKWP web based Research and Facilities Register

12.15: Update on LITSON and a Water Accelerator
Q and A session

13.00: Lunch

This event is free to attend will be of key interest to those working within the utilities, academic and business community, as well as policy makers.

If you would like to register please contact Jemma Tuckett ([email protected]) with the following information: name, email, business, position and contact number. Numbers are limited and registration closes on 6 June 2018.

 

New appointment to the Board of The UK Water Partnership

The Board of The UK Water Partnership is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Hans Jensen as a Director of The UK Water Partnership and co-ordinator of Research & Innovation delivery group.

Hans joins The UK Water Partnership from UKWIR (UK Water Industry Research), where he most recently held the position of Chief Executive.

He says: “This is an exciting time to join the Partnership with many prospects and opportunities to explore and plans to deliver. I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to build upon the considerable achievements of Tony Rachwal and to join such a outstanding team”.

Hans will formally take up the position on 14 November 2018.

Venturi Innovation Portal: Newsletter Spring 2018

How can technology contribute to resilient flooding solutions?

The threat of flooding to our cities, towns, businesses and people is increasing year after year, but are we getting any better at protecting ourselves from this important threat?

Continuing advances in technology can help us to become better informed, better prepared and importantly more resilient, rather than reactive.

Can some communities protect themselves completely from floods, or should they focus on designing and engineering ways to lessen the impact of flooding and ensure all is in place to return to normality as quickly as possible, with minimal damage and disruption?

Here, we look at some of the latest projects and developments across the world which have come as a result of evidence-based research, and hear from those leading the way in helping our communities and decision makers become better prepared, and better protected. Link below:

A Focus on Flooding

Advertisement: Seeking Directors of CEGG and R&I

Advertisement: Seeking Directors of CEGG and R&I

Mark Lane and Tony Rachwal are deeply saddened to be moving on from their roles as Directors of The UK Water Partnership. Subject to election, Mark will be appointed Master of The Worshipful Company of Water Conservators while Tony is retiring to West Country and will still be involved in the Partnership through the Research and Innovation Group. Both of the directors were instrumental in the creation of the Partnership and have driven several key initiatives during the first three years of the UKWP. The success of the Partnership will continue to be led by Mark and Tony as they handover the reins in November 2018.

The UK Water Partnership is therefore seeking two individuals to fulfill the following roles:

  • Director and Co-Ordinator of the Research and Innovation Group.
  • Director and Co-Ordinator of the Commercialisation and Economic Growth Group

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 28 February 2018.

Job description and further information can be found below:

UKWP_R&I_Director_Advertisement_2018                     UKWP_CEGG_Director_Advertisement_2018

UK Flood Partnership launched to rival Dutch exports

Key stakeholders in the UK flooding sector came together on 19 September 2017 at the launch event for the UK Flood Partnership. The body aims to become a trusted public-private collaboration for UK flood risk solutions and advisory services while also bridging the gap between an industry described by many at the event as “fragmented […]

The UK Water Partnership: A Year in Review

“I commend this Annual Review to you. It highlights the varied and indispensable work that The UK Water Partnership is undertaking to catalyse and enable collaborative UK initiatives for the benefit of stakeholders and society more widely in the water space. I look forward to the next 12 months with confidence, and to a continuing contribution to the ‘Water First’ agenda.”
– Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP

Please click the link below to access the review:

The UK Water Partnership – A Year in Review

LITSoN Review of innovation in UK water utilities

Updated Survey – LITSoN 1b Survey – BLANK_V2.0

https://www.theukwaterpartnership.org/uk-capability/litson/ 

The need for innovation in the water sector to meet societal needs is widely accepted. The recent UK Water Partnership LITSoN pilot (Linking Innovation To Societal Needs) provides an overview of innovation in UK water utilities, demonstrating benefits in terms of increased innovation alignment, better market information and opportunities for capability development, ultimately contributing to economic growth.

Building on previous work, this pilot led by Mott MacDonald during Q1 2017, involved 22 organisations from across Government, academia, non-profits and businesses – including water utilities representing over 70% of the regulated market. Participants completed a brief survey to provide an overview of their research and innovation programme. Projects were self-assessed for their impact on 11 societal needs, their current stage of development, timescales for progress and the business demand for commercialisation. In total almost 400 projects were included, with data shared amongst all participants.

The results identify ‘Zero leakage’ and ‘Zero water poverty’ as areas of relative weakness, as well as identifying ‘innovation hotspots’ with opportunity for further collaboration and efficiency in smart infrastructure, leakage detection, energy recovery and metaldehyde – amongst others. The data collected also provide market information on high priorities and unmet needs, to support SMEs and the supply chain in identifying partners for their innovations.

Work is ongoing to collect further data and provide a comprehensive review of UK water utilities innovation, with potential to extend the pilot to include the wider water industry and assess UK performance on a global scale.

LITSoN Proof of Concept – Report

LITSoN – Linking Innovation to Societal Needs Pilot

The UK Water Partnership Takes Half Day Slot at World WaterTech 2017

The UK Water Partnership worked with Rethink Events to provide the content for the second morning of the 2017 World WaterTech Conference held in London on the 21st and 22nd February.

UKWP Chairman, The Rt Hon Richard Benyon MP, kicked off the second day of the conference with a Keynote Address entitled “Gearing Up for Global Markets- Opportunities for Fostering Innovation and Commercialisation of Water Technologies in the   UK “.

Director Mark Lane then chaired three discussion panels which addressed current developments in the UK to address the three topical  issues of ” Too Much Water “,  “Too Little Water “, and cracking ” the Commercialisation Conundrum “.

Mark Lane commented ” This year’s attendance at World WaterTech, at over 200 delegates, was a record number. I am delighted that we were able to showcase what The UK Water Partnership is all about in front of so many key players in the water technology sector, and from so many countries. Addressing societal needs through the development and commercialisation of new water technologies to deal with the key issues of Too Much Water, Too Little Water, and how to enable young start ups in the water technology space to overcome the obstacles on the road to commercial success are all matters of great importance. The UK Water Partnership catalysed the views of the programme speakers and conference delegates to produce some valuable insights into these three topics”.

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World Water-Tech Innovation Summit

World Water Week

Accelerating collaboration and commercialisation for climate resilient water management 

The 2017 World Water-Tech Innovation Summit focuses on accelerating the adoption of commercially viable technologies to build resilience and meet the demand for sustainable water supply. It is a truly international event focusing on current and emerging markets and will be held in partnership with the Department of International Trade (DIT) and the UK Water Partnership.

Our Chairman Richard Benyon will be presenting the Keynote Address: Gearing Up for Global Markets: Opportunities for Fostering Innovation and Commercialisation of Water Technologies in the UK. UK Water Partnership Director, Mark Lane will be also chairing the following sessions during the conference: “Predicting and Mitigating the Consequences of Too Much Water”, “Predicting and Mitigating the Consequences of Too Little Water” and “The Commercialisation Conundrum.”

Now in its 6th year, the summit will address the need for greater collaboration between different stakeholders in developing a more holistic approach to water management, innovation and financing. 250 global water leaders will gather in London to evaluate current technologies and approaches for transforming waste streams into value streams through effective water re-use and resource recovery, investigate how to build resilience to climate change, while also exploring how data-driven efficiencies can free up capital for investment in new infrastructure.

For more information please visit worldwatertechinnovation.com  

February 20-22, 2017 – Hilton Tower Bridge, London

Which Way Water? – 12 October 2016

The UK Water Partnership hosted a workshop evening colloquium on 12 October 2016, bringing together the three sub-groups; Commercialisation and Economic Growth, Development and Implementation, and Research and Innovation. The day consisted of numerous themed break out sessions including presentations and open forum discussions.

This was followed by an evening session at Defra where guest speakers from the water industry lead a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Please see the summary report for outputs of the event. (ukwp-which-way-water)