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British Water ‘unconference’ seeks to harness innovation

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Steve Kaye, head of innovation at Anglian Water says the UNconference will help identify future challenges and creative solutions to support the creation of a circular economy.

British Water is holding the UK water sector’s first ‘unconference’, also known as an open space conference, in London on 5 October 2017. “Completely eliminating the environmental impact of the water industry whilst securing an excellent service may seem like an impossible dream,” says a press release from the trade organisation, referring to the vision being held for the event.

Marta Perez, British Water technical director said, “An unconference is a more organic approach to solving complex problems than the traditional top-down conference format. We thought it was particularly suited to the journey the water industry needs to take.

“If we are to identify sustainable solutions and become a fully circular economy, creating zero waste and producing renewable energy, then we need to be highly inventive, creative and productive. That’s what the fluid format of the unconference is intended to achieve.”

The water industry’s first UNconference: Circular Economy Challenges is the result of the ongoing collaboration between British Water, Anglian Water and the utility’s Water Innovation Network. It is sponsored by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN).

Anglian Water’s head of innovation, Steve Kaye said, “Anglian Water have been working on increasing their performance through innovative approaches and need your help in identifying future challenges and creative solutions to support the creation of a circular economy. We are very proud of our sustainable and innovative approach to business.

“The UNconference aligns well with Anglian Water’s leading strategic approach based on innovation – collaboration – transformation. Working with British Water on this new project has been exciting so far however the best is still yet to come.

“Join us on the day to find out what we have in store.”

Jonathan Abra, knowledge transfer manager – water & wastewater, KTN said, “This is a unique opportunity to leverage innovation into the water industry in a dynamic way. The Knowledge Transfer Network is delighted to support this UNconference, which should maximise the active involvement of all participants.”

To find out more, visit: http://www.britishwater.co.uk/events/unconference-circular-economy-challenges-302.aspx.

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