The international environmental monitoring events, WWEM and AQE were due to take place in November 2020, but given the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers have announced the postponement of both events until 25th and 26th May 2021. Both WWEM and AQE will again take place concurrently and in the same location – the Telford International Centre in the UK.
Both events include major conferences and technical seminars as well as international exhibitions featuring the world’s leading providers of testing, monitoring and analytical products and services. WWEM (Water Wastewater & Environmental Monitoring) and AQE (Air Quality & Emissions) address different aspects of environmental monitoring, but combined they offer anyone with a professional interest in the subject with a unique opportunity to learn about the latest regulations, Standards, methods and technologies.
“The decision to postpone was not taken lightly,” explains organiser Marcus Pattison. “We have been following government advice closely and were concerned that international travel may be problematic, and some form of social distancing may still exist in the latter part of this year. We therefore liaised with all stakeholders including conference speakers, exhibitors, and partners such as CIWEM, British Water, SWIG, WIPAC, RSC Interest Group, Future Water Association, CoGDEM and the STA.
“Following this consultation, it became clear that all parties would very much welcome an early decision to delay, so we set about finding dates that avoid Bank Holidays, Easter and school holidays. Happily, this was achieved and we are excited to have the extra time to make WWEM 2021 and AQE 2021 the best and biggest ever!”
Apart from the change of dates, the events will proceed as originally planned, albeit in compliance with government safety advice at the time. The technical program of conferences and seminars is still being formulated and the Calls for Papers will be extended.
Both the WWEM and AQE events attract international visitors from a broad spectrum of sectors including regulators, standards organisations, water and wastewater companies and providers, commercial laboratories, environmental consultants and contracting engineers, industrial process operators, local authority environmental health officers, test houses, analytical service providers, instrumentation and technology manufacturers, researchers and academia.
The websites for both events (www.wwem.uk.com and www.AQEshow.com), have been updated to reflect the new dates, and prospective speakers, presenters, exhibitors and visitors can visit these sites to learn more about the wealth of opportunities available.
Summarising, Marcus Pattison says: “The response to the postponement from all of our stakeholders has been extremely positive. People have understood that this has been a difficult decision to make, but they are grateful for the fact that it has given them plenty of time to amend their plans accordingly.
“We are extremely grateful for all of the support that we have been given as we work through this challenging period, but we are all looking forward to the time when we will meet again!”