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Conference Programme

This year's conference will be held across two half days on 3 and 4 September 2020.  

The event will be online only, via the MS Teams platform.  Registered participants will be sent a link to join the conference shortly before 3 September. 

Day 1: Thursday 3 September

08:45  Registration   
09:00 Welcome 
09:15 Keynote conversation 1:

Water Poverty and the Social Contract 

Jess Cook, National Energy Action

Ian McGuffog, Bristol Water

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In this keynote session Jess Cook from NEA and Iain McGuffog from Bristol Water will discuss water poverty as an issue connected with water labelling, water metering, water efficiency and the hydro-social contract in general. They will explore how reducing water poverty is contingent on integrated perspectives, programmes and policies across the water sector and beyond. The session aims to bring a range of perspectives from inside and outside the water sector, including consumer organisations, organisations working with customers with affordability issues, and the energy sector.

10:15 Virtual Coffee Break

10:30 Parallel Sessions: Room 1 - Community responses & capacity building for environmental change.

Room 2 - Innovation & integration for resilience in resource, product & policy practice

11:15 Special session: Digital Water Futures Dialogue

Claire Hoolohan, University of Manchester

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Lead author on a recently submitted, state-of-the-art journal paper on re-socialising digital water transformations, Claire will guide us in an interactive session exploring a range of perspectives on this emerging and challenging area, which requires us all to reflect on the nature of our digital interactions.

11:45 Plenary Roundup of key learnings from the day and summary from our live illustrator and visual note-taker.
12:30 End of Day 1  

Day 2: Friday 4 September 

08:45   Registration   
09:00 Welcome   
09:15 Keynote conversation 2: COVID-19 and Water Efficiency 

Professor Chad Staddon

In a presentation of two halves Chad will take us on a global journey considering the impact of COVID-19 on handwashing & Sustainable Development Goal 6 and water use distribution & patterns of consumption; and implications of research into COVID persistence in wastewater.

09:45  Parallel Sessions: Room 1 – Knowledge, engagement & participation for social change

Room 2 - Resilience, policy & governance in urban & built environments
10:30 Virtual Coffee Break  
10:45 Special Session: Resilience and Integrated water management: A call to action

Lutz Johnen (Aquality), Lydia Makin (Waterwise), Peter Henley (WRC), Mike Farnsworth (Stormsaver)

The subject of water resilient cities has become ever more important after worldwide drought and especially near miss of the day zero in Cape Town. But resilience regarding flooding aspects is equally important in the UK. Therefore, integrated water management is a key component combining water reuse technologies with Sustainable Urban Drainage methods (SUDs). Water reuse covers technologies such as rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling. These can play an important role in SUDs in order to reduce the volume of water in combined sewer systems that are already not able to cope with larger rainfall events in many cities. This thought provoking, interactive session will explore the different contexts in the UK. We will ask why isn’t more happening to improve water reuse in the UK, and what could a creative solution look like? Four panellists will give their views in lightning style presentations, followed by a live discussion with members of the audience. The aim of this session is to create a clear call to action for policy makers.

11:45 Plenary Roundup of key learnings from the day and summary from our live illustrator and visual note-taker.

12:10 Live launch over lunch!  New virtual ‘Water Resilience Hub’ live launch 

Nick Palin, Westcountry Rivers Trust

The 'physical' Community Water Resilience Hub and Library was launched at the Water Resilience Summit (Totnes, Sept 2019). Due to COVID-19, a virtual online version has been developed to be a welcoming space where people can find information, strike up conversations, meet other members of an online community and receive support relating to climate change pressures particularly in relation to water resources issues.
 12:30 Close  Formal close of event 

Conference chairs and Watef Network Lead

 12:35 Lunchtime networking Optional: people can remain in rooms and chat to anyone they’ve been engaging with (e.g. via chat or pre-arranged). 

 13:00 Ends Networking rooms automatically close at 13:00
Please note conference programme is still in draft, and some timings and details may change.