Twenty65 Conference

Bringing the Water
Sector Together

Innovation Through Collaboration
to Secure a Sustainable Future


Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester


26th - 27th March 2019

0114 222 0257

Annual Conference 2019

The TWENTY65 conference provides a unique opportunity to network and learn alongside a wide range of peers, helping to pave the way for a future that delivers sustainable clean water for all.

The Social Science conference and networking day will be taking place the day before the TWENTY65 conference this year, so don’t forget to book your place on this too. Details can be found here


A video from the TWENTY65 Conference 2018 can be watched here


We are over the moon to have been inundated with a wide range of fantastic abstracts for the 2019 TWENTY65 conference. The programme will be released in the next few weeks so ensure you secure an early bird rate by registering here now.


The Conference will take place at the prestigious Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester, directions and full details can be found here


Click here for the full programme



We are delighted to announce our opening keynotes - Rachel Fletcher, Ofwat CEO, will open the 3rd TWENTY65 annual conference. Speaking on the topic of resilience, Rachel will give delegates a key opportunity to gain insight into Ofwat's thoughts, plans and aspirations as we rapidly move towards AMP7 and beyond.

Philip Graham, National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) CEO, will then present the NIC perspective and demonstrate to delegates how the UK is strategically tackling the issue of resilience, delegates will gain insight into how this will impact future planning and investment priorities.


Our second day keynotes are Jo Harrison, Director of Asset Management at United Utilities and Bob Stear, Chief Engineer from Severn Trent.


You'll also have the choice of over 25 parallel sessions, including workshops, presentations and interactive seminars. We also have a range of early stage innovations on display, along with a range of exhibitors.


The conference offers all levels of seniority and experience to learn, network and form new collaborations. You will be joining peers from the likes of:

Ofwat, United Utilities, Severn Trent, National Infrastructure Commission, Thames, Metasphere, the Nickel Institute, Exeter University, Reading University, Nuron, Northumbrian Water, Yorkshire Water, The University of Sheffield, Imperial College, Newcastle University, Anglian Water, UKWIR, UKWP, Artesia, Affinity Water, Southern Water, IKT, KWR, the Global Water Centre, Arcadis, Optimatics, AECOM, Localz, Ricardo, Visualyze Solutions, the Knowledge Transfer Network and EnginSoft.


Our full programme can be found here

Who should attend?

The TWENTY65 conference attracts a wide range of delegates from early stage career professionals and researchers, to senior professionals and academics, including CEO's, directors and managers.

Delegates are typically from both large and small companies/organisations, including:

  • Utilities
  • Regulators
  • Practitioners
  • Research Institutes
  • NGO's
  • Technology Developers
  • Policy Makers
  • Investors

Register now to secure your place using the early bird rate


You will have the opportunity to gain insight from the leaders of the water sector, understand the direction of travel indicated by cutting edge research, and learn techniques for collaborating for better innovation outputs.


Group booking discounts are available. Please contact us at for further information. 


Exhibition Stands & Sponsorship Opportunities are still available 

Do you have an early stage innovation that you'd like to showcase to a wide range industry players? Join us on 26th and 27th March at the 3rd annual TWENTY65 conference at the Hilton (Deansgate) Hotel in Manchester to hear keynotes from Rachel Fletcher (Ofwat), Philip Graham (NIC), Jo Harrison (United Utilities) and Bob Stear (Severn Trent) and network with a wide range of industry players.

A key aim of the TWENTY65 annual conference is to facilitate and catalyse interest in, and exposure to, emerging solutions for the water industry.  If you are a technology developer with a solution at Technology Readiness Level of 4-7, join our innovation showcase.  The fee  (£500) includes:
  • Space at the innovation showcase area (space only, 2x1 metre) with dedicated time in the programme for interaction with participants
  • Two full delegate places for the conference and conference evening drinks reception

You will have the opportunity to gain insight from the leaders of the water sector, understand the direction of travel indicated by cutting edge research, and receive one to one advice and support from the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). Using the KTN's Innovation Canvas tool, they will help you to sketch the landscape in which you are developing an innovation and/or use it as a diagnostic tool to get a better understanding of an opportunity, to improve an offer or to strengthen your capacity to innovate. One to one appointments with the KTN can be booked in advance of the conference by emailing

To request a place as an early stage innovation provider, please contact