Those of you working on food-energy-water nexus issues may well be interested in this research day at Loughborough University on the 22nd May:

Water Research Day and Relaunch of ‘Changing Environments and Infrastructure (CEI)’ Global Challenge
9.00 am – 4.00 pm
22 May, 2017
Location: Desmond Penrose Atrium, Stewart Miller Building

As you may know, recently significant emphasis has been placed on water research across various disciplines (e.g., in the context of GCRF and Newton Funds). The Changing Environments and Infrastructure (CEI) Global Research Challenge of the University also has considerable expertise in this area. By coinciding with the relaunch of the challenge we have organised a ‘Water Network’ event with a view to increase cross-school awareness of research in this important area and to establish stronger water research networks across campus.

We would like to invite you to attend and participate in the Water Research Day on 22 May, 2017. This cross-campus initiative aims to provide an opportunity for all areas of water research to raise awareness of research in this area. Participants from all University Schools are invited to this event which aims to bring together PhD academic staff, early career researchers and research students with an interest in or are directly involved in any aspect of water research. The event will be centred around 4 keynote lectures by external participants interspersed by poster presentations by other participants. A number of participants from NGOs, regulatory organisation and industrial bodies have been invited to attend the event.

The poster presentation sessions at the event represent the most important component of the meeting and will facilitate networking and wider discussions among this dynamic group. You are therefore invited to bring a poster to display a piece of your research. In addition, you could bring along copies of recent publications or reports that can be displayed. There will be a prize awarded for the best two PhD student posters presented at the meeting.

The programme for the event is as follows:

9:00– 9.45 am
Welcome (Dr DB Das, Process Engineering Research Theme Leader, School of AACME)
New Research Structures in Loughborough University (Prof Steve Rothberg, PVC(R))
Relaunch of Changing Environment and Infrastructure Research Challenge – Prof Paul Wood (Challenge Leader)

9.45 – 10.45: Keynote Lectures
Keynote 1: Professor Ahmad Fauzi Ismail (PVC(R), Universiti Teknology Malaysia (UTM), Malaysia) – Nano-enabled Membranes Technology: The Way Forward for Sustainable Water Treatment Solution
Keynote 2: Nick Everard (Environment Agency, Wallingford) – From Floaters to Drones and Citizens with Phones: The evolution of River Flow Measurement Technology

10.45 – 12.00 Poster session and networking with tea/coffee (for all attendees)

Lunch (12 – 1 pm)

1 – 2 PM: Keynote Lectures
Keynote 3 Dr. Arthanareeswaran Gangasalam, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India – Membrane development for water and wastewater treatment
Keynote 4 Ms Catherine Berner, Technical and Product Development Lead, Sanivation, Naivasha, Kenya – Title TBC

2.00 – 3.30 Poster and networking session with tea/coffee

3.30 – 4.00 Award of poster prizes – Close

Register asap at the following link using your google account using your university email ID: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoiG-amJMaCjr56swixFdVXfDL4EUyEcaeB2YdBng97Q-Clw/viewform?c=0&w=1
(note that you may need to sign out of Google, and sign back in using your university login and password).

The number of participants will be limited to 75 to allow sufficient time for interactions and discussions. Therefore please register as soon as possible. Also, if you wish to invite someone in the university (who is active/interested in water research), please encourage them to attend the event.

Finally, we have set up a Twitter group and LinkedIn group. Please join the groups if you are interested and contribute to the online discussions.

We look forward to your participation in the event on 22 May.

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