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.
International Water Association (Australia) and the Australian Water Association's SDGs Specialist Network Presents:
STRETCHING THE SDGS: HOW THE AUSTRALIAN WATER SECTOR CAN DRIVE PROGRESS ON AN INTERNATIONAL STAGE
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for balanced progress on economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability – across nations and generations. The Australian water sector has touch-points across all 17 SDGs and has a unique position of influence and capacity in our communities. How can we take the lead on driving SDG performance further for our communities?
Together, the Australian Water Association Sustainability Specialist Network and the International Water Association (Australia) will lead a vibrant and productive dialogue with international guests. Workshop attendees will identify priorities, barriers and opportunities for the Australian water sector to tackle as we position for tomorrow’s sustainability challenges.
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.