Minh Duc Nguyen, PhD Candidate
Deakin University & Barwon Water

The IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies, in which I participated recently, brought together water industry leaders, experts, and innovators who shared the latest insights, exchanged knowledge and sparked collaboration. The event showcased developments in key areas related to water and wastewater treatment, with a focus on resource recovery. Cutting-edge approaches for extracting valuable resources from water beyond traditional treatment methods were explored. Attending the conference offered immense benefits, enabling me to access the latest advancements in water treatment and empowering them to drive innovation in the industry.

My recent publications are listed below:

2023[ ]Investigation on removal of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS) using water treatment sludge and biochar

MD Nguyen, AK Sivaram, M Megharaj, L Webb, S Adhikari, M Thomas, …

Chemosphere, 139412

2023[ ]Phosphorus adsorption and organic release from dried and thermally treated water treatment sludge

MD Nguyen, D Donaldson, S Adhikari, N Amini, DS Mallya, M Thomas, …

Environmental Research, 116524

2023[ ]Investigation on the suitability of aluminium-based water treatment sludge as a sustainable soil replacement for road construction

MD Nguyen, A Baghbani, A Alnedawi, S Ullah, B Kafle, M Thomas, …

Transportation Engineering 12, 100175


Kaili Li, PhD Candidate
University of Queensland & Icon Water

During the final year of my doctoral studies, I had the privilege of participating in the 18th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies in Daegu, South Korea, which took place from 29th May to 2nd June 2023. It provided an invaluable platform for networking with professionals and researchers from various countries worldwide. The event allowed me to engage with their insightful research ideas and findings.

Notably, I had the honour of presenting my research as a keynote speaker, focusing on the crucial topic of quantification and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions for full-scale WWTP. This opportunity was made possible through the generous support of Water Research Australia!

I am sincerely grateful for the experience and knowledge gained during this conference, which has undoubtedly enriched my academic and professional journey.

Kaili Li at the the 18th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies in Daegu, South Korea.


Sarah Aucote, PhD Candidate

University of Queensland & SA Water, Melbourne Water, Hunter Water

I was privileged to receive the Nancy Millis Memorial Award during my PhD with the University of Queensland and Water Research Australia. This included a generous international travel scholarship that I was fortunate to use this year after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Using the scholarship, I presented the major outcomes of my investigations to world-leading researchers at the Ecotechnologies in Wastewater Treatment (ecoSTP) conference in Girona, Spain. I enjoyed the conference as it was highly informative regarding new wastewater technologies and allowed me to meet new researchers through my colleagues.

My travel to Europe was particularly worthwhile because I was also able to present and discuss my PhD findings at the Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, in Vienna, Austria, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, in Zurich, Switzerland, and finally to the Biochemical Engineering Group at the NOVA School of Science and Technology, in Lisbon, Portugal. Sharing my PhD outcomes with a diverse range of renowned research groups has helped me immensely in the presentation and communication of my research. I have also made many new professional relationships within my research field that will support me throughout my career.

Sarah at the EcoSTP Conference in Spain.


Kala Senathirajah, PhD Candidate
University of Newcastle & Water Corporation

Recent publications:

2023 [] Strategies to Reduce Risk and Mitigate Impacts of Disaster: Increasing Water Quality Resilience from Microplastics in the Water Supply System

Kala Senathirajah and Thava Palanisami


2023 [] Fate and transformation of microplastics due to electrocoagulation treatment: Impacts of polymer type and shape

Kala Senathirajah, Raji Kandaiah, Logeshwaran Panneerselvan, C.I. Sathish, Thavamani Palanisami

Environmental Pollution, Volume 334, 1 October 2023, 122159