About the Editor
Mark Hammond is the Books Commissioning Editor at IWA Publishing and will be attending LET 2017. He shares his thoughts on the event and what in particular he is looking forward to.
Meeting experts in the field
Attendance at IWA LET affords me with a great opportunity to network with many of the leading academics and practitioners at the forefront of research on water and wastewater technologies.
I am still relatively new to ‘water’, having joined IWA Publishing in July last year. So I am especially interested to be meeting some of our existing book authors and editors for the first time, including Thammarat Koottatep, Juan M. Lema, Joan Rose and Marcos von Sperling; as well as Mark van Loosdrecht whom I met previously at last year’s MEWE conference in Copenhagen.
The primary purpose for me as IWAP’s Books Commissioning Editor is to keep abreast of new developments in the field and to identify and connect with potential new book authors and editors. Hopefully, I can share first-hand some the key advantages of publishing a book with IWA Publishing, such as:
- As a not-for-profit organization the net income from the books publishing programme goes to the IWA in the form of gift aid which in turn helps support the work of the Association;
- IWA members, as well as our authors, editors and contributors, are eligible for attractive discounts on IWAP books; and
- IWAP in addition to its regular books programme also publishes books and individual chapters as Open Access in return for a ‘book processing charge’.
Finally as part of my education in the world of water, I have signed up to go on one of the technical visits on the last day and look forward to seeing two different sewage treatment decentralised systems.