04 December 2017

TreatRec Advanced Training Course 5

TreatRec Advanced Training Course 5

This time around, the advanced training course of the Treatrec project was held in the United Kingdom between 27th and 30th November. The first day included site visits to installations of Severn-Trent Waters, a utility company with over 1.5 million users in the UK. The Packington wastewater treatment facility introduced the guests to the novel technologies for the recovery of nutrients from wastewater. A subsequent visit to the Nottingham wastewater treatment plant, which treats wastewater corresponding to 650 000 people equivalents, presented the implementation of such technologies on large scale.

On the second day, the fellows took part in an employability workshop organized in the Birmingham office of Atkins. The topics included career advancement for scientists and engineers in the business sector and the development of communication skills. The workshop on communication skills addressed such issues as powerful influencing, conflict resolution and management of conflicts as well as communication models which lead to efficient conversations.

The final day of the course included a strong presence of water professionals from all over the UK. The fellows had to introduce the innovative impact of their research to this audience. The presentations were preceded by topical introductions from established water professionals. The fellows received feedback on the implementation of their research in the business. It involved the suggestions on how to address the needs of the industry and how to improve the innovative component.