Algal Innovation Community of Interest

Our Algal Innovation Community of Interest connects utilities with researchers to accelerate novel technology transfer for algal management into the water industry. The COI is a valuable forum for researchers, government and industry to share knowledge and challenges, discuss recent events, and stay up-to-date with the latest technologies, research progress and emerging issues in cyanobacteria.

Our Algal Innovation Community of Interest page

On our Algal Innovation COI page you will find:
  • Updates on latest research, current projects, COI priority initiativesand future opportunities
  • News on new and innovative technologies, protocols and strategies for algal bloom management
  • Links to resources and research including guidance and best practice information for cyanobacteria assessment and evaluation
  • Information on upcoming events
  Interested in joining the COI?
For more information or to join the
COI, please contact:

Dr Arash Zamyadi

 Latest News

Projects #1123, #1125 and #1138 are well underway! These projects explore three distinct areas of algal bloom management and are helping to set the foundation for what's to come:
  • Developing guidance for assessment and evaluation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs), and implementation of Control strategies in source water
  • Determining the cost of algal blooms to the Australian Water Industry
  • Protocols for technology performance & optimisation assessments
You can see more of what innovative research and initiatives you can contribute to below.

The road to Algal innovation

Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a serious global issue in freshwater lakes, rivers and reservoirs, wastewater stabilization lagoons, and marine environment.

Although research has demonstrated multiple environmental factors as contributing to algal blooms outbreaks, the exact trigger that initiate their occurrence are still poorly understood. This is of significant concern to water industry and health authorities, as any breakthrough of cyanobacteria cells (both toxic and non-toxic) into water treatment plants, even in low cell numbers, can lead to chemical and/or microbial contaminants being released into treated water, which poses a serious public health risk.

Supported by an active and committed group of member organisations and trusted partners who form our Algal Innovation COI, WaterRA through it’s BIG Team of utility, research and health department members will build upon our vast collection of foundational cyanobacteria research to develop and implement a series of priority activities — delivered in four stages across three years — designed to address current and emerging HABs challenges and safeguard the future our water through innovative technology.



What are cyanobacteria?

Cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae  (BGA), are a group of diverse photosynthetic bacteria that occupy a broad range of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, including extreme environments. Known as the earth’s oldest organism – dating back around 3.5 billion years – they are abundant components of aquatic ecosystems, particularly in eutrophicated waters, and may form blooms in water bodies.


BMAA Factsheet released

Water Research Australia’s new factsheet β-Methylamino-l-alanine (BMAA): Knowns and unknowns! has been released. Prepared in collaboration with neurologists from Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School (USA) and Australian water industry experts, the factsheet has reviewed 430 scientific articles and looks at recent developments and future research in this field.

Click here to download the factsheet.

Flagship event: Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop Series



Past Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop programs, abstracts, and presentations

8th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacterial Workshop 

Held every two years, the workshop provides an opportunity for researchers, government and industry from Australia and New Zealand to come together and discuss recent events, research progress and emerging issues in cyanobacteria. 

The 8th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop will be held in 2023. 

Become a member of the CoI

If you are a WaterRA member and interested in joining the Algal Innovation CoI click on the link below to submit your request which will be reviewed by our Research Team. If approved, you will be added to the specialised COI mailing list and granted access to COI member only content including updates on new, current and future research opportunities, invitations to exclusive events and additional resources.

Request access


For more information on the Algal Innovation COI Research Program please contact Dr Arash Zamyadi

Have a significant 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-minded peers.