Driving innovation in water & waste analysis methods


SCI, London, UK
Tuesday 13 – Wednesday 14 March 2018
Organised by SCI's Environment, Health and Safety Group, RSC’s Water Science Forum and the Standing Committee of Analysts

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Clear, up to date methodology produced by experts within their fields is key to the provision of robust, repeatable and accurate chemical and microbiological analysis data. The Standing Committee of Analysts (SCA) has provided laboratory analysts in the UK, and throughout the world, with validated analytical methodology since 1972. The methods are given and shared freely to ensure quality and consistency in the chemical and microbiological analysis of water, waste water, soils, and related materials, and are typically the methods prescribed by industry regulators. The best way to ensure that the SCA remains relevant, and produces the methods laboratories need now, and in the future, is to bring together analysts, quality managers, regulators, instrument manufacturers and laboratory customers to explore the methodologies relevant to the 21st century laboratory. This two-day conference will showcase the recent progress of the SCA, discuss new and emerging analytical challenges, while also providing opportunities to network and share experience with colleagues throughout the industry.


This event will be of interest to laboratory technical and quality staff, operational staff, and consultants and professionals across a wide range of industry sectors and specialism’s who depend on SCA methodology to enable them to obtain analytical results they can confidently present to regulators and customers. By the end of this two-day event water, waste and soils analysis laboratories, regulators, and purchasers of analytical services will have a clearer understanding of future laboratory regulation, and how the SCA, with continued industry support, will provide the methods needed to meet the challenges current and future regulation presents.

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

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Tuesday 13 March 2018

9.30 Registration and refreshments
9.50 Welcome and introduction
Marcus Rink, Chair, SCA and Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate

Session 1: The SCA past and present

10.00 The SCA story: Past, present and potential future
Prof K Clive Thompson, Chief Scientist, ALS Life Sciences
10.30 Defining the SCA priorities
Marcus Rink, Chair, SCA and Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate
11.00 Refreshment break
11.30 The UKAS perspective
Paul Greenwood, Divisional Director (Operations), United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Session 2: SCA current projects

12.00 The Evolution of Microbiology
Shaun Jones, Chair, SCA Microbiology Working Group and Public Health Manager, Wessex Water
12.30 Sampling needs in the modern environment
Tim White, Managing Director, Marquis & Lord
12.50 Lunch
14.00 Chemical analysis of soils and associated materials
Hazel Davidson, Technical Marketing Manager, Derwentside Environmental Testing Services
14.20 Organics, Stability and Uncertainty - A tale of three working groups
Dr Ian Barnabas, Chair, SCA Organics Working Group and Scientific Support Laboratory Manager, NWSS
14.50 Refreshment break
15.20 Inorganics and Metals working group
Fran Bilby, Chair, SCA Inorganics and Metals Working Group and Assessment Manager, United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Session 3: SCA future challenges

15.50 SCA future challenges - panel presentation
  • Marcus Rink, Chair, SCA and Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate
  • Paul Greenwood, Divisional Director (Operations), United Kingdom Accreditation Service
  • Martin Bird, Principal Inspector, DWI
  • Rob Carter, Product Manager - leading on R&D and Method Development, EA National Laboratory Service
  • Ian Barnabas, Chair, SCA Organics Working Group and Scientific Support Laboratory Manager, NWSS
  • Claire Parker, Implementation Manager, Csols Ltd
16.40 Getting involved, how you can be part of the SCA
Marcus Rink, Chair, SCA and Chief Inspector, Drinking Water Inspectorate
16.50 Closing remarks
Prof K Clive Thompson, Chief Scientist, ALS Life Sciences
17.00 Networking and refreshments
18.00 Conference Dinner (tickets available)

Wednesday 14 March 2018

9.45 Welcome and introduction
Dr Martin Padley,Director of Water and Scientific Services, United Utilities
10.00 Optimising the analytical environment
Dr Charmian Abbott, Chief Scientist, United Utilities
10.30 Rapid method development and optimization
Bryan White, GC / GCMS Product Specialist, Agilent Technologies
11.00 Refreshment break
11.30 Advances in the instrumental determination of tastes & odours in drinking water
Gavin Mills, Principal Scientist, Severn Trent Water
12.00 Lab Automation - Case Study: moving from manual to automated COD
Ruth Murphy, Wastewater Manager, United Utilities and Geoff King, UK Senior Sales Manager, Hach
12.30 The challenge of introducing new equipment and their use - case study based on Flow Cytometry
Susan Lee, Laboratory Team Manager, Scottish Water
13.00 Lunch, networking and exhibition
14.00 Molecular characterisation of Cryptosporidium to inform public health decisions
Dr Guy Robinson, Principal Clinical Scientist, Cryptosporidium Reference Unit, Swansea
14.30 The routine use of MALDI-TOF rapid confirmation in the analysis of health related pathogens in water
Mumin Eminov, MBT Application Specialist Microbiology, Bruker and Pervinder Johal, Site Operations Manager, ALS
15.00 The application of on-line water quality monitoring in the supply of top quality drinking water
Chris Rocky, Head of Water Quality, South West Water
15.30 Refreshment break
16.00 Explaining laboratory results and their limitations to non-technical clients
Chris Caird, Director of Quality Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, ALS
16.30 The Data Science Revolution
Steve Markham, Director, Marquis & Lord
17.00 Closing remarks
Dr Martin Padley, Director of Water and Scientific Services, United Utilities
17.10 End of conference

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Exhibition and sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference during refreshment breaks for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. For further information and prices please email conferences@soci.org.


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Delegate Fees

Early bird fees before 12pm Tuesday 30 January 2018

GB£113 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .SCI/RSC Member
GB£38. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI/RSC Student Member
GB£150. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Member
GB£25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Conference Dinner

Standard fees after 12pm Tuesday 30 January 2018

GB£158 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI/RSC Member
GB£53 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI/RSC Student Member
GB£210 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Member
GB£25. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Conference Dinner

SCI Platinum Corporate Members receive 25% off the above rates.

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