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UKWIR online Annual Conference 2020

UKWIR has published a series of short online films, capturing the main highlights from its recent conference on transforming the water sector through collaborative research and innovation. The films include insights from a range of industry figures, as well as the world of Formula 1 motor racing.

Steve Kaye, UKWIR's CEO, said: “Our conference was a real success, with fantastic presentations and discussions throughout the day. The highlights videos really capture the energy and spirit of collaboration that were present during the event - something that's even more remarkable, given that we held the conference virtually.”

Steve added: “I would encourage everyone to watch the videos, as they demonstrate how much creative thinking and enthusiasm for innovation and transformation there is in our industry, both here in the UK and worldwide. We're already planning for our next conference for later this year and will share further details soon.” A highlights film has been produced for each of the four research and innovation conference sessions, which covered the following themes:

  • Taking a fresh approach
  • Culture is key, including insights from the McLaren Formula 1 racing team
  • Seeing the bigger picture
  • Future research and innovation priorities.

Published On 21/02/2021


Reviewing anti-microbial resistance

In 2014 a Government press release quoted the Prime Minister, David Cameron saying 'If we fail to act, we are looking at an almost unthinkable scenario where antibiotics no longer work and we are cast back into the dark ages of medicine where treatable infections and injuries will kill once again'. This led to the O'Neill report known as the AMR Review. The review estimated that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could cause 10 million deaths a year by 2050. Whilst the principal focus of effort has been development of new drugs and limiting overuse and inappropriate use, the Government has longer term aims and is also considering the role of the environment in the spread of AMR.

Published On 17/02/2021


Adapting to new challenges

UKWIR held its Research Programme Review Meeting on the 25 & 26 November 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to update members on developments and for water company Programme Leads to facilitate discussion on research progress and plans.

Published On 16/02/2021


Collaboration and Co-Creation: The key to water sector research and innovation

Listening to the presentations at UKWIR's inaugural Annual Conference in December made it clear that the water sector's approach to research and innovation has fundamentally changed.

Published On 15/02/2021


REGULATORY PRICE REVIEW FRAMEWORK COMES UNDER RESEARCH SCRUTINY

A research project to help water companies provide the evidence base that influences the next regulatory price review process has got underway. UKWIR commissioned Frontier Economics to start exploring its Big Question “How do we ensure that the regulatory framework incentivises efficient delivery of the right outcomes for customers and the environment?” to determine the industry’s priorities and, based on these, define future areas of research.

Published On 10/02/2021


FUTURE ASSET MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE REQUIRED TO DRIVE STEP-CHANGE IN WATER INVESTMENT PLANNING

UK Water Industry Research are seeking help from both academics and asset management experts to take on a critical piece of research that helps improve future investment decisions in the water sector.

Published On 20/01/2021


UKWIR 2021 Research Programme Launched

UKWIR has kicked off the next round of its research programme that will deliver 12 new projects that will help the water sector meet the challenges of the future.

Published On 12/01/2021


UKWIR TEAMS UP WITH SCIENTISTS TO TACKLE WATER QUALITY CHALLENGES

Two extensive research projects both aimed at protecting the nation’s drinking water from water-borne viruses and disinfection by-products are underway. The UKWIR-led research is taking place with scientific academics at one of the UK’s top research universities – Cranfield – right up until 2024. Both projects will play a critical role in achieving UKWIR’s Big Question “How do we achieve 100% compliance with drinking water standards (at point of use) by 2050?”.

Published On 10/12/2020


 

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