The 8th ANZ Cyanobacteria Workshop was held at Monash University from Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th September 2023.
The 8th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop, hosted by WaterRA, was held at Monash University from Tuesday 26th to Wednesday 27th September 2023, followed by an AquaWatch End Users Consultation Workshop on Thursday 28th September.
Australian water sources, both natural and man-made, are regularly afflicted by cyanobacteria (blue-green algal) blooms, with the first known official report dating back to the 1800s.
Over the last two centuries, Australia has developed a vastly experienced and knowledgeable community of water supply managers, health officials, ecologists, modellers, toxicologists and other researchers in cyanobacterial identification and management.
In 2009 following particularly severe algal blooms along 1,000 kms of the Murray River, the First National Cyanobacteria Workshop was held in Parramatta, New South Wales.
Since the first iteration, the workshop has expanded to include New Zealand as well as Australia and has become an integral event on the global water calendar. The Australia and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop is now held every second year providing a much-needed platform for researchers and managers in the health and water sectors; allowing them to meet, discuss current knowledge and share new findings and combine their expertise for national benefit.
The 2023 Workshop was a two-day in-person event hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering at Monash University with 30 presentations and 100 participants showcasing new research advancements and their potential applications to ensure the ongoing health of ecosystems and communities.
2023 Organising Committee
Nick Crosbie | Melbourne Water (Co-chair)
Arash Zamyadi | Monash University (Co-chair)
Suzie Sarkis | Department of Health, Victoria
Jennifer O’Connor | Department of Health, Victoria
Heather Lacey | Sydney Water
Vincent Bianchini | Water Research Australia
Linda Blackall | The University of Melbourne
Anusuya Willis | CSIRO
Susie Wood | Cawthron Institute
Michele Burford | Griffith University
Rita Henderson | UNSW
Anas Ghadouani | University of Western Australia
Tapas Biswas | CSIRO
Cami Plum | Monash University
Jessica Burgess | Water Research Australia
The legacy of our cyanobacteria research | Michele Burford, Professor – Australian Rivers Institute, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
One Health and the future of cyanobacteria management | Rebekah Henry, Pathogen & Genomics Project Lead | MONASH UNIVERSITY
CHARACTERISATION & RISK
Glenn McGregor, Principal Scientist | QUEENSLAND DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE
Anusuya Willis, Senior Research Scientist | AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ALGAE CULTURE COLLECTION, CSIRO
Bharat Manna | UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND
Peter Hobson, Senior Scientist | SA WATER
Rapid characterisation and quantification of toxin producing cyanobacteria in limnic systems
Luke Zappia, Principal Engineering Water | WATER CORPORATION
DETECTION, IDENTIFICATION & REMOTE SENSING
Mark Van Asten, Managing Director | DIAGNOSTIC TECHNOLOGY PTY LTD / UNIVERSITY OF NSW
Mohammad Hassan Ranjbar, Research Fellow | AUSTRALIAN RIVERS INSTITUTE, GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Tracy Fulford, Regional Water Quality Advisor | WATERNSW
A mobile app for monitoring and forecasting cyanobacterial blooms
Mark Matthews, Founder & CEO | CYANOLAKES
Florence Choo, Scientist | SA WATER
Simon Tannock, Director | ALGAENVIRO PTY LTD
Robert Daly, Senior Scientist | SA WATER
AWA Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner 2023 Mikayla Rodger | MERIDEN SCHOOL NSW
Rafael de Medeiros Paulino, Phd Candidate | UNSW SYDNEY
Phil Choi, Senior Environmental Health Scientist – Water | QUEENSLAND HEALTH
Aaron Jex, Lab Head | WALTER & ELIZA HALL INSTITUTE
Michele Burford, Professor – Australian Rivers Institute | GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Isabella Gore, Health Protection Officer | DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH VICTORIA
Arash Zamyadi, Senior Lecturer | MONASH UNIVERSITY
Vikas Shah, Treatment Engineer | HUNTER WATER
Tapas Biswas, Senior Research Scientist | CSIRO
EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS 3-MINUTE PITCHES
Carolyn Taylor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow | MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Daniel Nebauer, PhD Candidate | UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Angelina, PhD Candidate | UNSW
Thanusshan Packiyarajah, Higher Degree by Research Student | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Isis Londono, Masters Student | AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL ALGAE CULTURE COLLECTION, CSIRO
John Verhoeven, PhD Candidate | UNSW