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Webinar | Algal Bloom Management

Feb 25, 2020 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Managing the risks of harmful and nuisance algal blooms


Australia experiences frequent cyanobacteria blooms with the potential to impact whole ecosystems. While there is high impact research in the area of monitoring and management for harmful and nuisance blooms, the severity and frequency of bloom events in Australia are increasing and placing greater strain on water utilities.

This webinar explores:

  • Key developments in our knowledge and management of cyanobacteria blooms
  • Understanding timing, severity and risk of toxic cyanobacteria blooms
  • The importance of fit-for-purpose technologies, and appropriate deployment strategies, for monitoring, mitigation and management of blooms
  • New research and the ways you can become involved:
    • ‘Guidance on evaluation of harmful algal blooms and implementation of control strategies’,
    • ‘Protocols for performance assessments of monitoring and treatment technologies’

Join this discussion on how we can collaboratively address the increasing risks and challenges of cyanobacteria blooms.




Please note: the webinar will commence at 12:00pm (AEDT)

Full details including links to the webinar platform will be sent to registered attendees.

The webinar will be recorded and the recording will be provided to registered attendees within 7 business days after the event.

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Signature Speaker | Mike Burch, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
The University of Adelaide

Mike is Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, The University of Adelaide.
He is also the Director of Australis Water Consulting Pty Ltd and has worked internationally as a consultant on
algal management in France, China, Taiwan, New Zealand & Sri Lanka. Mike worked as a research scientist
in the South Australian Water Corporation for over 38-years and was the Senior Manager for Research until 2017.

Mike has worked extensively for over 30-years on research related to Lake and Reservoir Management including
monitoring and control of cyanobacteria in in reservoirs and rivers by chemical and physical techniques.

He is also experienced in the areas of cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins including toxin production, human health
effects and risk assessment of cyanotoxins, and the development of guidelines and monitoring and management
frameworks for drinking, recreational and agricultural water for Australian national health regulatory authorities.
He has been an adviser on toxic cyanobacteria for the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNESCO.


Early Career Researcher | Caitlin Romanis, University of Newcastle 

Caitlin is undertaking her PhD studies at the University of Newcastle in Biology (Microbial Ecology). Caitlin has
received international bioinformatic training from institutions such as EMBO, IRSAE and EMBL and has a
particular research interest in the microbiome of niche environments. Her current work involves identifying the
molecular triggers of cyanobacteria bloom development and characterising the factors pertaining to
cyanobacterial recruitment from the benthos.


WaterRA Research Manager | Dr Arash Zamyadi

Arash has over 14 years of experience working with academics, government agencies, utilities and industry
partners in Australia, Canada and the United States to tackle water treatment challenges. His research interests
and expertise is how climate change and harmful algal blooms affect water treatment, removal of combined
microbial and chemical contaminants, and reuse opportunities. Arash has been leading and managing projects
funded by WaterRA, the Australian Research Council, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada, and the Water Research Foundation. 



Cancellation and Refund Timetable

5 or more working days before the event

 Cancellations will receive a 100% refund

4 or less working days before the event

No refunds will be issued however registrations are transferable, refer to name change details in policy

 No fee will be charged for non-attendance by members


Information Summary

Event Type:Webinar
From:Feb 25, 2020 12:00pm
To:Feb 25, 2020 1:00pm
Availability:Members & Non-members
Event Coordinator:Jessica Burgess
Phone Enquiries:+61 8 7424 2466

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