Fresh thinking on Sludge

SludgeTech 2016 aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry bringing together leading experts to share knowledge and insight into the challenges and opportunities surrounding sewage sludge. This conference will showcase the latest research and innovation taking place across the world and inspire the next generation to seek a career in sludge.

Supported by CIWEM and a steering committee of experts, this three day event will build on the success of 2015 with two days of presentations of peer reviewed papers and conclude with a site visit to the Reading Wastewater Treatment Works. There will also be opportunities to publish within a peer reviewed journal following the conference.

Taking place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, this conference is suitable for academics and professionals with an interest in exploring opportunities to revolutionise sludge treatment processes and maximise value recovery.

Papers Programme

The programme of papers and presentations is intended to explore the most
thought-provoking questions faced by the industry at the moment and will inform
the content for the agenda.

We encourage submissions for papers from both academia and industry that will explore topics in new and exciting ways and challenge the audience to change their way of thinking.

Find out more about the themes for 2016

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committee Keynote speakers

Matthew Higgins (Keynote)

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Claire W. Carlson Chair in Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University

Speech title: Solids Management: Past, Present and Future

Tony Rachwal (Keynote)

Director of Research at the UK Water Partnership

Speech title: Driving Innovation in the Water Industry

Julian Sandino (Keynote)

Vice President, Technology Senior Fellow, Global Wastewater Service Team Leader, C2HM

committee Speakers

Dr Eric Danso-Boateng

Teaching Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University

Speech title: Hydrothermal Carbonisation of Sewage Sludge for Hydrochar Production

Alison Fergusson

Principal Engineer, OFWAT

Speech title: Creating a competitive sludge market in England & Wales - Consultation results

Dr Stephen Palmer

Senior Principal Engineer, MWH

Speech title: Leveraging the Value of Sludge for sustainable minimum TOTEX: winners and losers in a sludge market

Dr .Vitaliy Budarin

Head of the Microwave TP Group & Principle Scientist, Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

Speech title: From microwaves to starbons: green methods for added value recovery

Todd O. Williams, P.E., BCEE

Global Wastewater Technology Practice Deputy Leader, CH2M

Speech title: Thermal Hydrolysis Offerings and Performance

Dr Julia Kopp

Head Engineer and expert, KBKopp

Speech title: Impact of Phosphate on Sludge Dewatering and Improvement by Thermal Hydrolysis with Cambi-Solidstream

Niki Roach

Senior Analyst, Business Modelling Associates

Speech title: Using advanced analytics to prepare for sludge markets

Bart Verrecht

Application development manager Real Time Control, Hach

Speech title: Real Time Control for Increased Process Stability and Economic Optimisation of Sludge Treatment Processes

Albert Heindl

Head of Research and Development, HUBER SE

Speech title: Gasification of sewage sludge – influencing factors and pilot plants in Germany

Emanuele Lagrotta

Technical Engineer a Acciona Agua SA Milano

Speech title: Effect of iron dosing on the properties and anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge

Ester Rus Perez

Senior Research Scientist, Sludge and Energy Team, Wastewater Innovation, Thames Water

Giuseppe Campo

PhD candidate of Civil and Environmental Engineering , Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Speech title: Thermo-alkali pre-treatment for the improvement of the anaerobic digestion of waste activated sludge in the largest Italian WwTP

Sarah Fane

PhD Researcher, Cranfield University

Speech title: Nutrient release resulting from cell damage may contribute to elevated E. coli levels in biosolids

committee Panel Session

We will have a lively, and hopefully, controversial panel session. The session will discuss “what are the key ingredients to innovation, where does it work best and why is it essential to revolutionising the industry.”

committee Conference Tickets

Bookings close on 9th June 2016.

Dinner will take place on the Monday 27th June at the Mandolay Hotel, tickets are £30 and can be purchased when booking your ticket.

Hello, early bird! save 10% on bookings before April 15th 2016

2 days: £300+VAT
(Students: £100+VAT)

  • 2 days conference
  • Tea/coffee & lunch
  • Post event networking

3 days: £330+VAT
(Students: £130+VAT)

  • 2 days conference
  • Tea/coffee & lunch
  • Post event networking
  • Site visit incl. transport & lunch

committee Steering committee

This group of highly experienced professionals has been brought together to form the steering committee for Sludgetech. Recognised for leading innovation and change in their own organisations and areas of expertise, the role of the steering committee is to peer review paper submissions to ensure that the agenda of papers, speakers, workshops and panel discussions covers a wide range of topics and explores cutting edge research and technology.

Dr Nick Mills

Wastewater Innovation Manager, Thames Water Utilities Ltd

Dr Bill Barber

Technical Practice Leader, Global Biosolids, AECOM

Professor Elise Cartmell

Chief Scientist- Scottish Water

Dr Sabeha Ouki

Head of Water & Environmental Engineering Research Group & MSc Course Director in Water and Environmental Engineering University of Surrey.

Professor Stephen Smith

Professor of Bioresource Systems, Dept Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London

Professor Rex Thorpe

Head of Dept of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Surrey

Dr Matthew Higgins

Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering; Claire W. Carlson Chair in Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University

Steve Bungay

Process Consultant, Helix ECL

papers 2015 Event review

Speakers   Agenda   Sponsors   2015 presentations   Photos

Thank you to everybody who made SludgeTech 2015 a success. 120 attendees travelled from across Europe to watch the presentation of 25 papers on research and innovation taking place in both industry and academia. Coupled with a site visit to The Crossness Wastewater Treatment Works, exhibition space and networking events, the conference catered to academics and professionals alike.

Papers of the conference can be downloaded here and are available to attendees of the conference.

If you attended the conference and require a password, please contact Christina de Poitiers

What the attendees think

SludgeTech was a well conceived & executed knowledge sharing & innovation exchange. ABB were very pleased to attend & support this important topic within the industry.

Steve Wilding, ABB

I have attended many international, European, North American and Asian conferences on sludge processing and management and from my experience, this conference remains unique in its field.

Giuseppe Mininni, Research Manager of the Italian National Research Council – Water Research Institute

I was really impressed by the high level of the presentations, as well as by the perfect organisation of the whole event.

Bart Devesse, Waterleau

Venue Venue

The venue for Sludgetech will be the Austin Pearce building on the Stag Hill campus at The University of Surrey one of the UK’s leading professional, scientific and technological universities.

University Of Surrey

Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH United Kingdom,

+44 (0)1483 686767

Telephone Get in touch

For ticket, sponsorship or general enquiries

Email Christina de Poitiers or call +44 7792 245 642