Next Water'23 Sub-Themes
Next Water conference sessions have been constructed to consider our overarching conference theme - Water Wisdom to Future Flow.
There are 10 sessions that will explore and discuss the following themes:
Diversification of Water Sources
Each day, water managers are presented with challenges arising from climate variability, population growth, and evolving customer expectations. Purified recycled water is core to achieving diversification of water sources. Hear from water leaders on the future of water recycling.
Addressing Current & Emerging Challenges
Analysis, testing, and treatment are essential to addressing the challenges of contaminants and pathogens of concern, including PFAS, microplastics, bromide, and biological organisms. Listen to some of the ways in which the water industry is addressing these.
Innovating with Technology and Ingenuity
Showcasing enablers for transitioning utilities of today to those of the future, including remote monitoring of wastewater and environmental waters, machine learning-incorporated digital twins, and removal of antibiotics from polluted waters.
Wastewater in the Circular Economy
Wastewater presents the water sector with a ubiquitous potential resource. Channelling the reuse/recycle culture to maximise our resources, how can we harness the value of wastewater to underpin economic growth, reduce environmental impacts and generate healthy liveable communities?
Monitoring for Human Health
The COVID-19 pandemic saw the water industry rapidly increase its capacity and capability in monitoring wastewater for the most optimum public health outcomes. Hear about the health burden of water-based pathogens, the tracking of variants through genetic sequencing, and continuous innovation to monitor for public health threats. Participate in a Q&A session on wastewater surveillance, and panel session on microbial health-based targets.
Net Zero: The Research Behind the Race
Emissions, greenhouse gases, and green hydrogen present both challenges and opportunities to the water sector. Listen to the research behind the race to net-zero and understand where some of the opportunities lie. Participate in a panel session on the water sector’s net-zero landscape and become a champion of net-zero transition.
The Human Factor
Our cities, towns, and communities rely on ongoing water research and development enhance community outcomes now and into the future. How can the water sector better engage with its customers and strengthen the social licence to operate? How can the water sector ensure that it attracts and retains a dynamic, high performing, and skilled workforce?
Recognising First Nations Water Wisdom and Research
How can the water industry help build a just, equitable, and reconciled Australia? First Nations wisdom must underpin all we do in the water sector. Listen to and walk with those from the indigenous community to understand how we can work together to achieve more sustainable land and water management.
Planning for Resilience
Australia’s catchments are feeling the effects of climate change impacts. More than ever smart management of water bodies is required, and the use of data, decision-support tools, and models is crucial. Hear how leading researchers and water utilities are developing the tools needed to secure future supplies that meet community and environment needs and preferences.
Managing Our Blue-Green Future
A look into cyanobacteria management, water quality monitoring, and the potential algal-related challenges of discharging recycled water into reservoirs and lagoons.