Water & Wastewater Treatment

WWT August 2019

Water & Wastewater Treatment Magazine

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Is the UK water industry prepared to tackle the challenges of the future? Mott MacDonald's Ghalia Albarazi, Cristina Negut and Andrew Shimmin explain how the Linking Innovation to Societal Needs project is helping to develop route maps to address some of the industry's 'Big Questions' The Knowledge 18 | AUGUST 2019 | WWT | www.wwtonline.co.uk I n 2017, the UK Water Partnership commissioned Mott MacDonald to undertake the Linking Innovation to Societal Needs (LITSoN) pro- ject. UKWP's vision is 'safeguard- ing our future through innovation', creating national partnerships between the UK Government, business and the research community. LITSoN is intended to accelerate innovation and improve collaboration to tackle water challenges and also to provide a platform to promote UK water services globally. The LITSoN project sought to provide an overview of research and innovation activity in the UK water sector and an assessment of its alignment with soci- etal needs. The aim was to identify op- portunities through sharing information that could help strengthen collabora- tion, focus e‰ orts and target funding. As water companies' investment is largely tied to the short-term AMP cycle, the industry tends to follow the same pattern of priorities that could lead to a low rate of commercialisation. LITSoN is also being used to help develop route maps for addressing some of the water industry's 'Big Questions', aligning research and development e‰ orts to the needs of society. How did we do it? The 'Big Questions' were identiŽ ed by UKWIR, in partnership with others, to Andrew Shimmin, Cristina Negut and Ghalia Albarazi at work on the LITSoN project

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