A new conference about the challenges and opportunities of sewage sludge treatment is taking place at the University of Surrey, Guildford, from 29 June to 1 July 2015.

SludgeTech 2015 aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry involved in maximising the potential of sewage sludge. The three-day conference will showcase the latest innovation and research worldwide, bringing together leading experts to share their expertise and insight into the challenges and opportunities of sludge processing, both today and in the future.

Taking place at the Austin Pearce Building of the University of Surrey’s Stag Hill Campus in Guildford, SludgeTech 2015 is suitable for academics and professionals with an interest in exploring opportunities to revolutionise sludge treatment processes and maximise value recovery in the wastewater industry.

Supported by CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) and a steering committee of experts, days one and two will consist of presentations of peer-reviewed scientific research and papers, with a site visit to Thames Water's Crossness sewage treatment works on day three.

Thames Water wastewater innovation manager, Nick Mills, who instigated the conference, says: "We are at a very exciting time, where exploiting our abundant resources is now becoming technically and economically feasible, and consequently we need much better industry academic collaboration.

"I was frustrated by the abundance of sales pitch papers and the lack of good technical research at conferences, and wanted to have an event where quality science came first on the agenda. With seed funding from the Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 and support from CIWEM for a technical publication post-conference, SludgeTech became a reality."

Water & Sewerage Journal will be there to review the conference and a special CIWEM peer-reviewed journal, with papers from the conference, will be published following the event.