SPN Conference Series Background

The 7th International Sewer Processes and Networks conference is being organized by the Pennine Water Group and held at the University of Sheffield in the UK in August 2013.

This conference is a specialist IWA sponsored conference held under the auspices of the IWA’s Sewer System Processes working group. This conference is held every 3 years and in the past this conference has been attended by researchers and practicing engineers with a strong interest in all aspects of the design, operation and management of all types of sewer system. The event is therefore a valuable opportunity for researchers and engineers in the area to meet and discuss the latest concepts and research over a wide range of topics associated with sewer systems throughout the world.

The conference is small with around 100-150 attendees so discussion is focused (no parallel sessions) and many researchers use this conference to test and showcase their latest ideas and research. The conference is particularly suitable for early career researchers and PhD students, where they can interact with leading researchers in the area in a relaxed and informal setting.

Presentations and papers are invited in the following topic areas:

• Sewer system impacts
• In-sewer processes
• Design and operational issues
• Monitoring and associated technologies
• Emerging Issues and new technologies

These topic areas have been selected to encompass all the scientific and technical areas (physical/chemical and biological processes, operation, monitoring and management) that are important for sewer networks. This year the organising committee is keen to encourage broader geographical participation as large scale construction of sewer networks is being carried out throughout many countries with rapidly expanding economies. There is ample opportunity for researchers and engineers to network and there is a full program of social events.