‘A European conference for innovation, knowledge exchange and networking’

4-6 September 2019

Loughborough University London, Here East, Olympic Park, London

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More than half of European waters are not meeting the quality standards set for them according to the European Environment Agency. This is despite improved monitoring and assessment at more than 130,000 sites over the last 6 years. Challenges remain in terms of urban and industrial wastewater and pollution from agriculture. We need Smarter Catchment Monitoring.

The conference will share knowledge and expertise on innovative water monitoring strategies, including technological breakthroughs, best practices, citizen science activities, and case studies. The event will have a strong practical focus and will include demonstration sessions of innovative water quality tools. There will also be the opportunity to learn about nature based solutions and advanced CSO treatment systems as interventions to solve water quality issues identified through monitoring.

The conference is linked to the Horizon2020 project INTCATCH, which aims to “change the way in which river and lake water monitoring is implemented by developing efficient, user friendly water monitoring strategies”.

If you are interested in innovative approaches to catchment management and monitoring, evaluating management options and engaging citizens and communities with their environment this is the conference to attend.


Uta Wehn, IHE Delft / UNESCO (Netherlands)
Mario Carere, ISS Environment / WFD CIP (Italy)
John Sumpter, Brunel University London
Caroline Whalley, European Environment Agency
Arben Merkoçi, ICN2 (Spain)


  • Innovative freshwater monitoring techniques for surface and groundwater
  • Storm water / Runoff treatment
  • Fate and monitoring of plastics in fresh water bodies
  • Citizen science practices and case studies in water management
  • Development and application of novel sensors to measure quantitative and qualitative parameters in water in real time
  • Cloud systems for water quality data visualization
  • Development and application of Decision Support Systems (DSS) for water management
  • Nature based solutions for water management and treatment
  • Case studies of surface and groundwater bodies monitoring and upgrading
  • Implementation of robotic boats and online sensors for real time water monitoring

Relevant reports on European Waters:
European waters: Assessment of status and pressures 2018 (EEA)
Chemicals in European waters, 2019 (EEA)

Before 30th June £350 (£300 for members of the IWA and SWIG)
After 30th June £400 (£350 for members of the IWA and SWIG)
Conference Gala Dinner on the Thames aboard the Dixie Queen £80

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