Featuring the brilliant work of UNSW-GWI researchers, staff, students and alumni
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Welcome to our October newsletter
Welcome to our final GWI newsletter for 2017. Although November and December are before us, we know these longer summer days will slip away until the lights are turned off on December 24 and the first over is bowled in Melbourne on December 26! So well in advance I thank everyone involved with the Global Water Institute in 2017 and wish you a safe an enjoyable summer.
In this issue, we feature the brilliant work of marine biologist Emma Johnson, aquaculture specialist Jes Sammut, alumnus and innovator Shane Cox, PhD student Hélène A Le Deunff and the work of the talented UNSW environmental humanities group. In the last two months we have launched the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Partnership, marveled at the creativity of our undergraduates during the GWI water hack, congratulated our recently promoted colleagues, and welcomed GWI’s newest staff member Dr Andrew Dansie. Over the next month, our GWI colleagues will visit water utilities in Vietnam and work with health professionals tackling chronic kidney disease in Sri Lanka.
Our last official activity for 2017 will be a end of year BBQ to support the local chapter of OzHarvest, who collect and package food for those in our community who are struggling. All GWI members are welcome to join us on the 29th of November at UNSW Sydney’s White House for the chance to catch up, reflect on a great year and help support a very worthy and dedicated team at OzHarvest. Please RSVP by Monday 20 November - we look forward to seeing you there!

Professor Greg Leslie
Acting Director, UNSW-GWI
Andrew Dansie - UNSW-GWI
Introducing Andrew Dansie
GWI is pleased to welcome Andrew Dansie to the team as Program Manager. Dansie has 12 years of experience in the water sector, spanning the private sector, multilateral organisations and tertiary institutions, and has recently returned to Australia after undertaking his DPhil at Oxford University as a Clarendon Scholar. He will be responsible for the development and implementation of a range of research and education initiatives within Australia and internationally, working closely with Acting Director, Prof Greg Leslie, to achieve the strategic objectives of the Institute.
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Water hack - UNSW-GWI
Big ideas on show at GWI-MCIC water hack
UNSW’s Global Water Institute and Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) recently held a ‘Global Water Hack’ aimed at solving a real-world water issue. The four-day hack invited students from all backgrounds to team up and develop a new social enterprise business model to support the implementation of water filtration technology in rural communities in developing countries. Students from Engineering, Business, Arts and Social Sciences participated in the Hack, with the winning team taking home a $5000 cash prize.
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Water Treatment - Melbourne Water
GWI launches Algae Science-Practice Partnership with Melbourne Water
The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership (NHASP) was launched in Melbourne on Thursday 12 October and in Sydney on Friday 20 October, signalling the beginning of a new flagship program between UNSW-GWI, Melbourne Water and other water partners. The launches were well attended by water stakeholders from Sydney, Melbourne and throughout Australia, as people gathered to learn about the innovative Partnership which aims to improve the management of algal blooms in the Melbourne region.
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Potable Water Reuse Seminar
GWI experts talk potable water reuse
On Tuesday 17 October, the UNSW branch of the Australian Water Association (AWA) held a seminar on 'Socialising Potable Water Reuse', focused on addressing and overcoming the social barriers to implementing potable water reuse in New South Wales. Two UNSW-GWI experts, Prof. Judy Motion (Journalism and Media Research Centre) and Dr Matthew Kearnes (Environmental Humanities Group) participated on the panel, discussing topics such as public responses to drinking recycled water,  “the yuck factor”, environmental benefit, equity, fairness and justice in planning and global perspectives on potable reuse.
Prof Emma Johnson - UNSW-GWI
Opinion: The amazing biological fixes that could help save the Great Barrier Reef (Prof Emma Johnson).
In just the past two years, up to half the coral on the Great Barrier Reef has died. Publics have been shocked. Conservationists have cried. The tourism industry has fractured. Some opportunistic politicians have denied. And scientists, what have we done? We've become angry. The only good news is that when scientists get angry, we get active. In response to two consecutive years of mass coral mortality, some scientists have ramped up the pressure on decision makers, some have ramped up efforts to reduce other reef stressors, and some have ramped up their creative efforts to provide fixes. It is the biological solutions that are fascinating me right now. Can we save a reef?
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ACIAR project team - UNSW-GWI
Hope on the Highlands Highway
Criminal gangs once spread fear in the rural communities along the Highlands Highway in Papua New Guinea. The ACIAR Inland Aquaculture Project has helped  put an end to many years of violent crime at the notorious ‘Barola Raskol Hotspot’ and other stretches of highway by introducing fish farming training. The project team were guests of honour at the recent opening of a Fish Farming Resource Centre at Hogu Village, where former gang members burnt drugs and weapons to symbolise their commitment to peace.
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BlueBox pH - Instrument Works
UNSW alumnus turns instrument entrepreneur
After completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at UNSW in 2007, Dr Shane Cox founded Instrument Works Pty Ltd, a start-up company which creates user-friendly tools for scientific and industrial applications. Dr Cox says that Instrument Works was conceived with a clear goal in mind. After witnessing the limitations of traditional laboratory instruments first-hand, he wanted to create new, simple but sophisticated tools which would allow users to ‘extract the maximum value from their data, with the minimal amount of effort’
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In the Spotlight
Congratulations to our new Associate Professors
GWI congratulates six members who will soon be promoted to Associate Professor, reflecting not only the breadth but the calibre of water expertise on offer at UNSW. The six water experts who received news of their upcoming promotion were Dr Martin Andersen, Dr Rita Henderson, Dr Adriana Verges, Dr Lucy Marshall, Dr John Triantafilis and Dr Suhelen Egan, representing the Schools of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.
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UNSW-GWI Promotions
GWI members present at International Riversymposium
On 18-20 September, two GWI members had the opportunity to present their work at the 20th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference in Brisbane. Professor Ashish Sharma, from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering,  presented on the Dichotomous Impact of Rising Global Temperature and Jamie Ruprecht, Project Engineer with the Water Research Laboratory presented on Boating Management Plans in the Wake of Rising Powerboat Ownership. The International Riversymposium is one of the largest global conferences focused on rivers and basins, attended by representatives from all sectors.
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   In Profile
UNSW Environmental Humanities Group
The Environmental Humanities group at UNSW Sydney is a recognised leader in interdisciplinary research, addressing contemporary environmental challenges in historically, philosophically and culturally-informed ways. Their research provides unique insights into how environmental issues are tied to social and cultural practices.
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Hélène A Le Deunff, PhD Candidate
Hélène A Le Deunff believes that interactions between humans, water and animals are a vital consideration in effective water management. She is currently undertaking her PhD at UNSW, where she is looking at how non-human others, such as animals, can play a more visible part in water decisions.
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    Upcoming Events
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India Research Roadshow
GWI will travel to India from 20-24 November as part of the UNSW-India Research Roadshow, showcasing UNSW’s capabilities in the areas of smart cities, energy, water, climate, and more.
VietWater 2017
An interdisciplinary team of water experts from UNSW-GWI is traveling to Ho Chi Minh City on 6-10 November, attending the annual VietWater conference and interviewing water delivery and wastewater experts from both Vietnam and Australia.
GWI OzHarvest Fundraiser
To celebrate the end of a busy and successful year, GWI is holding a Christmas BBQ and fundraiser on Wednesday 29 November at the Kensington Campus. Bring along your non-perishable goods to donate to OzHarvest.
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