April 1, 2020
WaterRA delivers first ever online conference, 2020 Catchment Forum VIRTUAL, to great success!
Originally slated as an in-person event for delegates, our 2020 Catchment Forum 18-19 March 2020, moved to a VIRTUAL format only days before Australia moved to set restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Born from our Catchment Management Community of Interest, the two-day VIRTUAL forum, was designed for catchment managers, water security/resilience managers, environmental engineers and, water and health regulators.
Focused on exploring evidence-based solutions for maintaining healthy catchments in challenging times with a significant focus on bushfire 'Recovery for Resilience', the VIRTUAL Forum saw over 75 participating organisations from across the country logging in, hearing from leading water industry experts, sharing information and connecting with like-minded professionals to plan for a more resilient future.
Jam packed with fantastic water experts in both Catchment Management and Bushfire Recovery for Resilience, members all agreed that it delivered the same great content as an in-person event. The sessions included individual presentations, virtual panel sessions, interactive polls and a lot of robust discussion through online chat. Presentations included keynote addresses from Dan Deere and Karla Billington, as well as international guest keynote, live from Boulder Colorado, Dr Fernando Rosario-Ortiz, discussing the impacts of wildfires on water quality and treatment.
It was rousing to see the level of engagement online from all participants in these challenging times. We will be following up this VIRTUAL Forum in August with an in-person event to continue discussions on this vital topic. To stay involved please join our Catchment Management Community of Interest <link>
WaterRA would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors South East Water and WaterNSW, all our keynotes, presenters, panellists and participants who all contributed to make our first ever virtual event so memorable!