Celebrating UNSW-GWI's research, people and partnerships.
 
Image: Nimmie-Caira Wetlands. Prof Richard Kingsford, UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science
 
 
Welcome to our June GWI newsletter
 
Welcome to the 3rd GWI newsletter for 2018. In this issue, we unashamedly celebrate the achievements of the wonderful people who are part of the vibrant water community at UNSW Sydney. We are especially proud of Emma Johnston, who was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia for her distinguished research and teaching in the field of marine ecology and toxicology; Conrad Wasko, who became just the 4th Australian in 52 years to win the international Lorenz G. Straub prize in the field of hydrology; and the 27 inspirational PhD graduates whose original and significant contributions to a suite of water related scientific endeavors were acknowledged during the graduation ceremonies held this month. Our newsletter also features an update of the urban storm water management group, led by Ana Deletic; and profiles of postgraduate Rachel Marini Ravagnani, who is investigating the impact of renewable energy policy on water and food networks; and chemical engineering undergraduate Carmen Fung, who has been working on decision support tools for water treatment in rural villages in Vietnam.

In other news, GWI members in the Centre for Ecosystem Science have partnered with the Nature Conservancy on a project to restore the Nimmie-Caira wetlands on the lower Murrumbidgee River, Cameron Holley and Richard Kingsford each made submissions to the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission, and Richard Rushforth of the University of Northern Arizona gave a compelling seminar on an ambitious big data visualisation project called FEWSION, which tracks water, energy and food dependencies in over 2000 counties in the United States. We are pleased to announce that GWI will be supporting our colleagues at the International RiverFoundation through sponsorship of the International Riversymposium in October, and we'll be contributing to the ANSTO’s clean water hackathon in July. Finally, a reminder that there is still time to register at the earlybird rate and submit your abstracts for the 6th Cyanobacteria Workshop that will be held at UNSW Sydney in September. More details on these activities can be found in the newsletter.
 
Prof Greg Leslie
Acting Director, UNSW-GWI
 
   News
 
GWI PhD graduates
2018 water graduates impress
 
UNSW held its first graduation ceremony of 2018 from 12-22 June, and an impressive 27 students graduated with PhDs in water-related research. Professor Greg Leslie, Acting Director of the GWI, said that he is continually impressed by both the breadth and quality of the research being undertaken. “As our Institute spans many faculties and centres, I am fortunate enough to be exposed to many diverse and inspiring research projects,” said Prof Leslie. “This year’s PhD graduates are doing remarkable things in so many fields, from civil and environmental engineering to geology to microbiology and immunology.”
 
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Lake Eyre Basin Rivers launch
Centre for Ecosystem Science to help restore 85,000 hectares of wetlands
 
GWI scientists are members of a consortium chosen by the NSW Government to restore one of the most important wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin – the Nimmie-Caira system of the Lowbidgee wetlands on the Murrumbidgee River system. The consortium, led by The Nature Conservancy, includes the UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, the Nari Nari Tribal Council and the Murray-Darling Wetlands Working Group. Together they will work to restore an 85,000 hectare area of Murrumbidgee floodplain in southern NSW.
 
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Riversymposium
GWI a Gold Sponsor of International Riversymposium
 
GWI is a proud gold sponsor of the 21st International Riversymposium, which will be held in Sydney for the first time on 14-18 October. Riversymposium is held annually and attended by hundeds of delegates representing all sectors involved in river basin management. The theme this year is "Embracing Innovation", recognising the urgent need for innovation to address the challenges of a changing climate, population growth and other pressures on rivers, water resources and communities. GWI supports the inclusive, interdisciplinary and collaborative nature of the event and looks forward to contributing to the program and offering delegates a memorable and worthwhile experience.
 
Riversymposium website
 
 
WaterGUM logo
New group focuses on green urban water management
 
The WaterGUM (Water Green Urban Management Group) is a new and growing group within the UNSW Water Research Centre. Led by Ana Deletic, who is renowned for her leading research in stormwater, WaterGUM is helping cities around the world to adopt a more sustainable system of urban water management. The group focuses on development of green technologies to remove pollutants from urban stormwater and greywater for water recycling/harvesting, and integrated urban water modelling to assist in planning of green technologies in the development of Water Sensitive Urban Designs.
 
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    Features
 
Food, energy, water nexus
Data Fusion to FEWSION: Mapping the U.S. food, energy, water nexus

FEWSION is an innovative project that uses big data to define food, energy and water relationships at the USA's county scale and make them easy for all to access and understand. Richard Rushforth, Associate Research Professor with the Northern Arizona University School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems, is the lead research scientist for the FEWSION project. He spoke about the intent, achievements and aspirations of the initiative at GWI's latest seminar on Thursday 24 May.
 
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Murray Darling Basin
GWI experts weigh in on water policy 

GWI experts on ecosystems and water law have made three submissions recently in response to two significant consultations being undertaken by Australian State Governments. Professor Richard Kingsford, Director of the UNSW Centre for Ecosystem Science, and Associate Professor Cameron Holley, from the UNSW Faculty of Law, each provided a submission to the Murray Darling Basin Royal Commission, while Kingsford also rovided a submission to the consultation papers for Implementing the NSW Floodplain Harvesting Policy and Better Management of Environmental Water.
 
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In the spotlight
 
Conrad Wasko
 
UNSW student awarded best water PhD globally
 
UNSW's Conrad Wasko was awarded the ultra-competitive Lorenz G. Straub prize for the significant impact his work has made on engineering design under a changing climate. In the past 52 years, only four scientists from Australian universities have received this award.
 
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Emma Johnston
 
Dean of Science receives Queen's Birthday honours
 
Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of Science at UNSW Sydney was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes.
 
More on Prof Johnston
 
   In Profile
 
Rachel Marinin Ravangani
 
Rachel Marini Ravagnani, PhD student
 
Climate change science suggests that to protect our planet for future generations, we must significantly reduce carbon emissions—and that a move to renewable energy will play a key role in this reduction. But how might this push to renewable energy negatively impact the water and food sectors? Rachel Marini Ravagnani is studying this topic through her PhD with the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney.
 
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Carmen Fung
 
Carmen Fung, final year ChemEng student
 
Carmen Fung, a final year student with UNSW Sydney’s School of Chemical Engineering, has developed an innovative tool to help communities in rural Vietnam identify the best technology to treat water so that it is suitable for human consumption. The innovative tool requires the user to complete a survey and has educational benefits also.
 
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    Upcoming Events
 
ANSTO and GWI clean water hackathon
 
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), in partnership with GWI, are running the inaugural Clean Water Hackathon at the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre at UNSW Kensington from 11-13 July 2018. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are invited to participate in the hackathon from all backgrounds including STEMM, business, design, international relations, and other related areas.
 
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6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop
 
Abstracts are currently open for the 6th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop, to be held at the UNSW Kensington Campus, Sydney, on 25-26 September 2018. The workshop will explore the latest findings in cyanobacterial research and their potential applications to ensure the ongoing health of ecosystems and communities. For a chance to present at the workshop, please submit your abstracts online by 30 June.
 
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