THURSDAY, 10 MAY 2018
Water Research Australia Presents:
EMERGING CONTAMINANTS AND POLLUTANTS OF INTEREST FOR THE AUSTRALIAN WATER INDUSTRY
Society continues to increasingly use and discharge more and different substances into our water and wastewater, which presents a need to understand the environmental and human health risks this poses.
Within this context, this panel has two objectives: to consider the risks of three emerging contaminants/pollutants currently of interest to water utilities, these being Engineered Nanomaterials, Antibiotic Resistance (Genes and Microbes), and Microplastics, followed by consideration of risk-based management options, a prioritisation framework for emerging contaminants and governance issues and gaps.
This session is relevant to risk and water cycle managers interested in learning about the risk and management options available for these emerging contaminants.
RedEye Apps Presents:
‘INNOVATION AT WORK’ - INDUSTRY LEADERS SHARING THEIR JOURNEY ON HOW THEY ENCOURAGE INNOVATION
A variety of industry leaders will share their real-life experiences of innovative frameworks in their respective industries plus challenges, processes and outcomes.
Queensland Urban Utilities Presents:
IN THE LIGHT OF VARIOUS INDUSTRY DISRUPTIONS AND CRITICAL MACRO TRENDS IN THE UTILITIES SECTOR, DO WE NEED TO RETHINK THE CAPABILITIES WE NEED TO EVOLVE INTO A UTILITY OF THE FUTURE?
The only assumption we can make about the future is that it will be more uncertain and complex. The overall objective of this workshop is to explore possible and plausible future scenarios for water utilities. An ability to think and explore future scenarios will be a key learning outcome and is the first step in identifying the attributes and capabilities needed in the sector to proactively meet future needs and shape the desired end state.
In this workshop, the intended audience (strategic and planning managers, executives and board members) will hear about the emerging trends in the sector from leading scientists at CSIRO’s Data 61. Through this initial discussion, participants will understand the basics of scenario planning and build scenarios in an interactive environment.
Following the scenario development session, participants will hear about the role that scenario planning plays in the development of strategies and how they can identify and build the attributes and capabilities required to meet the challenges and leverage from the opportunities that these futures bring to their sector.
National Health & Medical Research Council Presents:
TRANSLATING SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE INTO NHMRC WATER QUALITY GUIDELINES
National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) produces a number of evidence based guidelines, including the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the Guidelines for Managing Risk in Recreational Water, that aim to promote a nationally consistent approach for maintaining and protecting public health. The development of these guidelines is overseen by NHMRC’s Water Quality Advisory Committee (WQAC) and the Council of NHMRC.
The panel (which includes members of WQAC) will discuss the challenges faced in translating the latest research into advice for water utilities as well as policy makers responsible for water quality. It will also provide insight into NHMRC process for developing evidence based guidelines.