Technical visit to BEWISe, Europe’s leading state of the art Wastewater Facility and Northern Area Innovation Awards

The Institute of Water Northern Area Committee in collaboration with Newcastle University, is delighted to announce an in-person technical visit to the award-winning Biological Engineering: Wastewater Innovation at Scale (BEWISe) facility at Birtley, near Gateshead, on 26 May 2022, from 10:00 – 13:00.

BEWISe is Europe’s largest wastewater treatment research facility, which is available to both academia and the water industry, to make innovations in wastewater treatment a reality for the water sector.

It aims to host researchers from around the world to help speed up the translation and uptake of innovations by the water sector. Innovation is achieved by accelerating the transition from existing energy-intensive treatment processes to low carbon alternatives with lower running costs.

In this event, you will have the exclusive opportunity to visit and tour the facility in person and interact with Newcastle University academics leading groundbreaking research on wastewater treatment and resource recovery to bring the sector closer to Net-Zero.

The £1.2 million EPSRC-funded BEWISe plant is the largest facility of its type in Europe. Newcastle University and Northumbrian Water have contributed a further £0.5 million to its value.

If you are interested in having a close look at the technologies that can revolutionise wastewater treatment, then this event is for you.

A short video tour of the facility can be found here, but nothing beats an in person visit. Book soon as due to capacity there are limited spaces available.

Following the BEWISe visit, attendees are welcome to take part in the Innovation Awards (14:00-16:00). Lunch and transport to the facility is provided.

Innovation Awards

The Institute of Water provides a stage on which to recognise Innovation in the UK water and wastewater sector. Every year, each Area of the Institute holds a regional innovation competition and the finalists are short-listed for the National Award.

The Institute of Water Northern Area Committee welcomes their members to come along to this year’s Northern Area Innovation Awards to celebrate and recognise the area’s innovators and reveal the winner.


  • Short Welcome and Introductions
  • Brief Introduction about BEWISe mission, vision and story so far
  • Audience will be divided in two Groups.
  • Group A will be transported to the BEWISe facility for the tour
  • In parallel the Group B will have a walk-through presentations on the different projects currently running at BEWISe
  • Once Group A is back, Group B will go to the BEWISe tour and Group A will have the walk-through presentations on the different projects currently running at BEWISe
  • Audience reconvene back to Ravensworth Arms for Lunch
  • Innovation Award Presentations and Winner Announcement
  • Closing remarks
  • Event closes at 16:00

For more further information, to view pricing options, and to sign up please visit the Institute of Water website.