Webinar | Keeping the water on during and after extreme weather events | DROUGHTS

Feb 23, 2022 12:30pm to 2:00pm

With more frequent extreme weather events being part of Australian life, we need to be more vigilant in turning our water supplies into sustainable systems, withstanding such shocks.

WaterRA's three-part webinar series on bushfires, floods, and drought has been investigating historical learnings and the impact they have had on the sector, while exploring opportunities for new systems and thinking to prepare for future events.

The final webinar in the series on drought will explore how we have kept the water running in past prolonged dry periods, and also how we are planning to face the impacts of drought going into the future, with predictions of more frequent and intense dry period

Join us on 23 February 2022, to hear about droughts from experts in managing water quality and quantity in extreme climates, and be part of the discussion with our panellists who will answer your key questions on how we can best prepare for future challenges.


Hear from our expert speakers:

Danielle Francis | WSAA


Mahmudul Hague | WaterNSW


Dr Mahmudul Haque is a Chartered Professional Civil Engineer with a current role of Manager, Water System Operations, Planning and Development in WaterNSW. He obtained his PhD from Western Sydney University in Civil and Water Engineering. Before joining in WaterNSW, he was a Lecturer & Post-doctoral research fellow in Western Sydney University. He has completed his M.Sc and B.Sc in Civil Engineering. He has more than 15 years of experience in a diverse range of field including water resources management & modelling, research, teaching and project management. Dr Haque published more than 40 scholarly articles including journal, conference, book chapter and technical reports. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). 


David Hamilton | Griffith University

David Hamilton is Deputy Director and Professor in Water Science at the Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University. He has held positions bridging engineering and environmental sciences; in Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Australia, Biological Sciences at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, and his current position at Griffith University. He was the inaugural Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Lake Restoration at the University of Waikato and held this position from 2002 to 2017. As Lake Restoration chair, he worked closely with lake managers to implement predictive models to support restoration programs. Hamilton also uses environmental sensors to improve model predictions of freshwater ecosystems. He has been closely involved in management and policy implementation for freshwater ecosystems, holding appointments in New Zealand and Australia, as well as supporting reviews in USA, Thailand, Austria, China, Western Samoa and Malaysia.


Stuart Khan | University of New South Wales 

Stuart Khan is the Director of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering (AGSE) and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Stuart was appointed to the National Water Grid Advisory Body by the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia in 2020. In that role, he provides advice on Commonwealth Government investments in national water infrastructure priorities. Also in 2020, he was appointed to the NSW Independent Metropolitan Water Advisory Panel to advise on water planning in metropolitan NSW.


Luke Mosley | University of Adelaide

Assoc. Prof. Luke Mosley leads a biogeochemical research group at the University of Adelaide. He completed his PhD on the aquatic geochemistry of catchments and estuaries at the University of Otago, New Zealand. For over a decade, Luke was a Principal Scientist (Water Quality) at the Environment Protection Authority in South Australia. The focus of this role was assessing and managing water quality risks in the lower reaches of Australia’s largest and most important river system, the River Murray. In 2011 Luke was awarded the South Australian Premier’s Award for leading complex assessments and management of water quality risks that emerged during the extreme ‘Millennium Drought’. He currents leads a large research project assessing nutrient dynamics in the Coorong for the South Australian and Commonwealth Governments. The outcomes of Luke’s research have been published in leading scientific journals, including a well-cited global review on the increasing effects of drought on water quality.


Christina Semasingha | Deakin University


Christina Semasingha is a PhD student at Deakin University. Her research focuses on community attitudes to alternative water sources in the Barwon region and is a collaborative project between Deakin University, Barwon Water and Water Research Australia. Prior to moving to Australia in 2019 to commence her PhD, Christina worked as a research consultant at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 2012-2017. She has also been involved in projects with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and World Resources Institute (WRI).  She obtained her M.Sc in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 2011.




Please note: the webinar will commence at 12:30pm (Sydney Time) running for approximately 90 minutes and will include presentations followed by Q&A.

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.

This webinar is free for WaterRA members, and is $50 for non-members. Not sure if you're a member? Check our member listing here



Cancellation and Refund Timetable 

5 or more working days before the event

Cancellations will recieve 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:Online webinar
From:Feb 23, 2022 12:30pm
To:Feb 23, 2022 2:00pm
Event Coordinator:Jo Ohlmeyer

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