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Advances in Water Research & Innovation: 1998 to 2023 and beyond

In August 2023, we will proudly be celebrating the Centre for Water Systems' (CWS) 25th anniversary and we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a two-day celebration event to mark this special occasion: 'Advances in Water Research & Innovation: 1998 to 2023 and beyond' #CWS25.

This event will take place at the University of Exeter's Streatham Campus from Thursday 31st August to Friday 1st September 2023. On Day 1, we will celebrate our notable achievements over the past 25 years and on Day 2, we will look forward together to the next 25 years.

We would like to invite all past and present CWS members - including staff, postgraduate research students and visitors - and academic and industrial colleagues to join us in our celebrations.

We hope to see as many of you there as possible - so, please save the date!

Further details can be found below:

The 'Advances in Water Research & Innovation: 1998 to 2023 and beyond' event will take place from Thursday 31st August to Friday 1st September 2023 and will consist of two distinct themes.

Day 1, Thursday 31st August 2023: "Celebration"

Day 1 will be a celebration of CWS and our notable achievements spanning the past 25 years. This will be a great opportunity for past and present members to come together as one to reflect and celebrate the Centre's (and your) many successes.

The outline schedule is as follows:

  • Arrival lunch & registration (12:00 PM start)
  • Session 1: 25 years of CWS - Welcome address and talks from CWS directors/founders, focused on the history of the Centre and our research, collaborations, achievements and more.
  • Afternoon break
  • Session 2: My time with CWS - Talks from distinguished CWS alumni - both within academia and industry - focused on their time at CWS and how this has helped shape their careers. 
  • Evening barbeque

Day 2, Friday 1st September 2023: "Future challenges"

In contrast, Day 2 will be focused on "future challenges" and will aim to explore the key water-related issues that we are likely to face over the next 25 years and to help shape our research direction(s), accordingly.

The outline schedule is as follows:

  • Session 3: Research for the next 25 years - Talks from current CWS staff and PGRs, focused on their research area(s) and future water-related challenges.
  • Morning break
  • Session 4: Hot topics - parallel workshops - Parallel workshops focused on key future water-related challenges.
  • Lunch & poster session
  • Session 5: The way forward - Feedback from workshops, looking forward, awards ceremony and closing remarks (approx. 16:00 PM finish).


Please register your attendance via our Online Store. The deadline for registration is Thursday 10th August 2023


The standard registration fee for all attendees is £120. This includes attendance (with lunch and refreshments) for both days and an evening barbeque. 


This event will take place at the University of Exeter's picturesque Streatham Campus, within the Forum (no. 3 on the Streatham Campus map).

The address is as follows:

Stocker Road


The Streatham Campus is easily accessible by car (use postcode EX4 4QJ) and via public transport (Exeter St David's is the main train station and is approximately a 10-15 minute walk away from campus).

Please visit the University's campus and visitors webpage for further information.

Car parking

Parking spaces are limited and so we would encourage you to use public transport, where possible.

If required, visitors can park in car parks A-D (please refer to the Streatham Campus map) and must have a valid 'Pay by Phone' session. Parking is also available at Holland Hall, for those who book on-campus accommodation.

Further information can be found on the University's parking webpage

Streatham Campus

On-campus accommodation is available at Holland Hall; a stone's throw away from the Forum.

This can be booked directly via the Online Store (please refer to the 'Registration and fees' tab).

Please note that rooms are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Exeter city centre and surrounding areas

There are plenty of alternative accommodation options within Exeter city's centre (approximately a 20 minute walk to campus) and surrounding areas, should you prefer.

Please refer to the visit Exeter website for further information.

"Where Are They Now?"

We are very keen to showcase our past CWS members and we are therefore looking for volunteers to contribute towards our "Where Are They Now?" collection.

All past CWS members are welcome to take part - even if you are unfortunately unable to attend the event itself - and completed profiles will then be displayed throughout the course of the event, for all to peruse.

Please send your completed profile (saved as 'Full Name_Where Are They Now') to, in advance of Monday 14th August 2023.

Invitation letters

If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application, please email us at with the following information:

  • Title and full name (as per passport)
  • Affiliation
  • Full address
  • Passport number
  • Time period/role spent at CWS (if applicable)

Please note that you must have registered online and paid the full registration fee, before being issued with a letter of invitation. Signed invitation letters will be sent to you via email (as a PDF).

Any questions?

Please contact us at, if you have any questions.