Young engineers could win entry to major water conference

A competition hosted by the Institute of Water Northern Area (IoWNA) is offering three young engineers the chance to attend a major water conference in London.

Taking place in May next year at the Royal Society, the Institute of Water's national conference will bring together key people from the sector to discuss the implication of key changes currently under review by the water industry.

Also under discussion will be debate into how the industry can leave a sustainable legacy for future generations.

Speakers at the '2012 - Changing Industry for a Sustainable Legacy' event include Environment Agency chief executive Paul Leinster, Ofwat director of policy and communication Marian Spain, Defra director for water, floods and environmental risk and regulation Sonia Phippard, as well as chief executives from Thames Water, Northumbrian Water and Yorkshire Water.

Commenting on the event, GA Valves director Bob Mills, who will be offering the three places, said: "Although parts of the Conference will cover engineering, particularly the session looking at innovating to make a world class sector, the idea of the sponsorship is to expose young engineers to the wider industry and the future challenges it faces."

To enter the competition, engineers must be under 35 and employed by one of the following water companies; Northumbrian Water, Yorkshire Water or United Utilities.

The deadline for applications is February 24 2012 and applicants must submit a statement explaining what they would gain from the experience. More information on the competition and conference can be found here.

Carys Matthews




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