Our Communities of Interest (COI) play a vital role in connecting our diverse membership of water professionals with one another and are a primary mechanism to enable and support research collaboration and innovation.
Designed for water professionals who share a common interest, passion or specialisation in particular areas or issues in the water industry. Our COIs provide a collaborative space for like-minded members to come together and exchange knowledge, share ideas, resources, experiences and challenges. Being part of a COI allows members to actively contribute to current research initiatives and also inform and develop future research projects related to the area of interest.
The benefit of joining a WaterRA CoI
WaterRA CoIs are supported communities. Our Research Managers work with CoI members individually and as a group to understand the challenges and concerns around specific areas and topics at both high and detailed levels. Working with CoI members in this way allows us to identify shared or significant challenges and support the COI members to create accurately defined research projects and intergrated programs with clear objectives and outcomes. We do this through:
- Facilitated ideation sessions
- Facilitated project initiation discussions
- Facilitated Problem|Opportunity Definition workshops (PODs)
- Facilitated discussions on option evaluation and research project definition
- Ideation on knowledge transfer and adoption needs.
We then obtain the funding, source the experts in the field to deliver evidence-based outcomes and manage the project through to completion.
Even as projects commence we continue to work with the CoI members to keep them informed of updates, canvas for new and emerging challenges and share information on latest developments, nationally and globally, about the special topic of interest.
Our COI pages hold a wealth of information relating to the relevant topics of interest. Our COI pages provide a central hub of information providing updates on current activities, new initiatives WaterRA is undertaking, upcoming opportunities of interest including events, RFFs, RFPs, EOIs. The pages also provide links to videos, webinars, media, special announcements and updates national and global developments and knowledge being generated in relevant or related areas.
Click on the links to find out more about an individual Community of Interest.
How to join a WaterRA CoI
Our COIs are open to WaterRA members only. To join any of our COIs please visit the relevant COI page, or click on the button below, and submit your access request which will be reviewed by our Research Team. If approved, you will be added to a specialised COI mailing list and granted access to COI member only content including:
- updates on new, current and future research which you can contribute and participate in
- key announcements relating to the COI
- invitations to exclusive COI events, inclduing workshops, conferences and yearly forums
- additional resources including curated information, technical reports, factsheets, summary papers and tools
Have a signifcant or emerging challenge or need which you think others share? Contact one of our Research Managers and they can assist in creating a new COI and bring you together with like-mided peers.