Horizon | Annual Planning Event 2019

Sep 11, 2019 10:00am to Sep 12, 2019 5:00pm


Help set the 2020 agenda and have your say on the research direction of your utility!

Please email Kathryn Nicholas to reserve your front seat into the future!

Our members are the driving force of Water Research Australia.

To ensure industry needs -- your needs -- are being addressed, we invite you to Horizon, WaterRA's annual planning event in Melbourne on Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th September, 2019.

Horizon has been designed as an interactive process designed to hear from leading thinkers and stimulate ideas and solutions that the water industry can implement to address our challenges and drive future research.

Day One
Open to all members, day one of Horizon will look to the future. The event will bring together industry thinkers to identify longer term research goals so we can become ‘future shapers’ and not just adaptive ‘future takers’. As part of this we will look at what water utilities will have to work with and raise awareness of megatrends that will influence our journey.
You will be inspired by facilitator Jono Gregory, an independent entrepreneur, investor, innovation leader and passionate global citizen. Jono believes we live in an age of opportunity when emerging technology, collective intelligence and sustainable global resource management can enhance our lives, our communities and our natural environment. Jono has a deep operational experience, a network of diverse collaborators and a curiosity to explore what is possible with a focus on operational delivery over hypothetical imagery. Jono works across industries, sectors, technologies and countries with a history of leadership in cutting edge solutions, business disruption and innovation. 
Guest speaker Professor Fang Chen is a prominent leader in AI and data science with international reputation and industrial recognition. She is the winner the 'Oscars' of Australian science, 2018 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Excellence in Data Science. She has created many innovative research and solutions, transforming industries that utilise AI and data science. She has helped industries worldwide advance towards excellence in increasing their productivity, innovation, profitability, and customer satisfaction. The transformations to industry with practical impact won her many industrial recognitions including being named as “Water Professional of The Year” in 2016.

You will also hear from the Bureau of Meteorology's Head of Climate Monitoring, Dr Karl Braganza who has played a key role in briefing government agencies on the science of climate change, while advocating for a more integrated approach to managing climate risks, with greater collaboration between science, technology and policy experts. He works extensively with the emergency management, energy and water resources sectors, and has more recently been engaging with banking, finance and insurance.

Australian Antarctic Division engineer Michael Packer will showcase the development and implementation of an innovative wastewater treatment plant  installed at Australia’s Davis research station that turns Antarctic waste into some of the cleanest water in the world!

Day Two

The second day is for industry member representatives and invited guests only, where together you will discuss your collective research needs, determine the collaborative research opportunities and plan our research agenda and knowledge transfer activities for the upcoming year.

So bring your interest, insight and imagination to Melbourne on 11th September to explore how research can help shape the future for the water industry in Australia and identify what's on our horizon!



Information Summary

Event Type:Horizon | Annual Planning Day 2019
From:Sep 11, 2019 10:00am
To:Sep 12, 2019 5:00pm
Availability:Industry Members
Event Coordinator:Kathryn Nicholas
Phone Enquiries:(08) 7424 3453

Address & Map

CQ Melbourne
113 Queen St
Melbourne VIC 3000

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