Twenty65 Conference

Bringing the Water
Sector Together

Innovation Through Collaboration
to Secure a Sustainable Future


Hilton Hotel, Deansgate, Manchester


17th & 18th of April

0114 222 0257

Annual Conference

Sustainable water - is it possible?

The annual TWENTY65 conference (in partnership with leading water sector organisations) provides a unique not-for-profit development and networking opportunity for Researchers, Practitioners, Water Companies, Technology Developers, Policy Makers and Regulators (in partnership with leading water sector organisations) to network and learn together to help pave the way for a future that delivers sustainable clean water for all.


Thank you to all our Exhibitors at this year's conference. Please drop by their stands:

exhibitors    HiveLogic     Inngot     Fluence  

Nickel Institute      Virtalis  KTN  AMRC  Bobs Business 1    CIWEM


This is the key event at which to network and learn together, identifying new priorities with representatives from; all the major water companies (from innovation and operations), policy makers and regulators, researchers, tier1 contractors, other supply chain companies, technology developers innovating in the sector and trade & membership groups supporting the water industry. 

Participating in our conference will enable you to: 

  • engage with collaborators to solve current issues/challenges
  • unlock future growth opportunities for your company 
  • pave the way for a future that delivers sustainable clean water for all.

We are delighted to confirm speakers and panellists for our two Conference Themes:


Day 1: The Values of Water

Keynote Speakers Angela Smith, chair of the APPG for Water (APPWG) and MP.  Tony Smith, Consumer Council for Water (CCW) Chief Executive, with Panellists; Adrian Rees (Aecom)  Director of Asset Management, Ali Browne ( Manchester University), Guy Thompson (EnTrade) Managing Director.


Day 2: Personal Data – How it’s used and why

Keynote Speakers: David Beardmore, Commercial Director (Open Data Institute) and Melanie Oldham, (Bob’s Business) CEO, with Panellists; Amy O’Donnell (Oxfam Digital) Paul Rutter (Thames Water) and Martin Mayfield (Sheffield University)

Closing keynote: Dr Zoe Sofoulis, Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University


The programme with all the details of the parallel sessions and workshops is here


Our interactive conference will present cutting-edge theory, facilitate stimulating discussion to demonstrate how collectively we can translate ideas into practice and inspire collaborative working throughout the sector.


*The evening drinks and nibbles reception is from 6-8pm on 17th April in Cloud 23, Hilton Manchester Deansgate, a unique venue located at the highest point in Manchester with  panoramic city views.  For dinner, please make your own arrangements, this link suggests 38 restaurants within a short walk. Cloud 23 is available to us until 11pm, allowing lots of time for networking and developing new collaborations throughout the evening.


"TWENTY65’s Conference in 2017, ‘Bringing the Water Sector Together’ was well worth going to. EMS is a leading provider of water monitoring,  air monitoring,  environmental management and environmental training solutions. We are an SME focussed on close to market innovation which invariably involves working on EU Horizon 2020 and Innovate UK funded projects.  For example, we are an industrial partner on CENTAUR (Cost Effective Neural Techniques for Alleviating Urban Flood Risk). The opportunity to present the project and the progress made provided the opportunity to engage directly with end users.

The conference also provided the opportunity to:

  •          learn more about latest research projects and technologies
  •          explore new and develop existing opportunities for collaboration

I am definitely coming to the TWENTY65 Conference18 and look forward to another great event"

Dr Kieran Williams, Business Development Director

Environmental Monitoring Solutions Ltd;


Please note: There is an additional day 3 which can be booked in addition to or separately from the main conference. The Social Science of Water Network Day. More Information