IWA News and Updates
Emerging Water Leaders Scholarship
The Australian Emerging Water Leaders Scholarship will benefit young water professionals who want to attend AWA and IWA national and international events. The scholarship terms and selection criteria are under development by the IWAA committee. It is planned that there will be more than one scholarship, and at least one targeted at Australian Indigenous people specifically, thanks to support from WaterCorp. If you are interested in finding out more or in sponsoring this initiative, please get in touch with the IWAA Committee.
ASPIRE 2023 Bid
The IWA-ASPIRE (Asia Pacific Region) group was established in 2004 to improve collaboration within the region. A core component of this vision is the IWA-ASPIRE Conferences which facilitate connections and knowledge sharing between regional water professionals. Recognising the growing importance of the region, IWA Australia held the 2nd ASPIRE conference in Perth in 2007 and is now collaborating with IWA New Zealand to bid to host the 2023 conference in Auckland. It is an incredible opportunity to showcase our regional water knowledge as well as strengthen relationships with and learn from our neighbours. Please contact the IWA Australia committee if you are interested in supporting the bid.
In October 2018, the International Water Association announced that their plans to establish their second global operations hub in Eco Hi-Tech Island, Nanjing, China. The Hub will be able to provide curated intelligence on the future of the water sector, forecasting horizon scanning on disruptions that could have transformative impact, rigorous and systematic analysis of the opportunities and risks of emerging technologies and trends, as well as the opportunities for knowledge and technology transfer. IWA’s increasing presence in China provides opportunities for Australian members to build connections and work collaboratively with Chinese water professionals.
“The IWA intelligence unit will help our members stay up-to date on new market and technology developments and provide insights into how water innovations might disrupt the water sector”, says Dr. Tao Li, Director IWA Greater China Region. “It will also provide recommendations on how the sector should respond in terms of their internal optimisation and business development strategies.”
“A new IWA Global Operations Hub based in Asia is a strategic step to reach water security and sustainability and to pragmatically realise the Sustainable Development Goals set for the future”, says Kala Vairavamoorthy, IWA Executive Director.
World Water Congress 2018
Australia was well represented at the 2018 World Water Congress in Tokyo, with several speakers giving presentations and many Australian companies exhibiting at the Australian Pavilion. Tony Wong from the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities won the 2018 IWA Global Water Award. Darryl Day, from ICE WaRM, and Zhiguo Yuan, from the Advanced Water Management Centre, both received IWA Distinguished Fellowships, and Dr Eva Abal, from the International River Foundation, and Professor Huu Hao Ngo, from the University of Technology both received IWA Fellowships.