AWA TAS Where the Waters Meet Conference 2019

AWA TAS Where the Waters Meet Conference 2019
The 2019 Where the Waters Meet annual Tasmanian Conference includes a members only breakfast, comprehensive trade exhibition and full day conference proceedings.

Members Breakfast, Wellington Room
8.00 - 5.00pm Trade Exhibition, Tasman Room 
8.45 -5.30pm
Conference, Plenary & break out sessions in the Wellington Room

Sandy Bay Rd, Sandy Bay.

View Program

View Abstracts and Speaker Bios

Event App 

In an effort to reduce waste and walk the talk on sustainability, we are excited to launch our very first Where the Waters Meet Event App. The App will be your one-stop-shop for everything you need before and during the Conference. It provides you with the latest event program, allows you to delve into speaker bios and abstracts, view exhibitor and sponsor information, favourite sessions to build your own agenda and access professional networking opportunities. The Event App will replace the printed onsite program and buyer’s guide.
The App can be viewed on any mobile device, tablet, laptop or computer via your internet browser:
For detailed instructions on accessing the Event App and saving the app to your device click here .

Should you not have access to a device for real-time access, we suggest that you download and print our print-friendly versions below:
Conference Program
Abstracts and Speaker Bios 

Conference Networking Breakfast

This year, the networking breakfast moves to the Wellington Room and we are delighted to announce our keynote speaker, Professor Jason Byrne.

Jason is Professor of Human Geography and Planning at the University of Tasmania. His research into urban ecology, environmental inequality and climate change adaptation informs planning strategies and responses. Jason was a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies in Baltimore, USA, before undertaking his PhD in Geography with the Centre for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He previously worked as a planning officer, environmental officer and policy writer with the Western Australian state government’s Water and Rivers Commission and is now an advocate for evidence-based public policy. A leader in his field, Jason has over 100 scholarly publications, including an award-winning co-edited book Australian Environmental Planning: Challenges and Future Prospects (Routledge, New York). He is a regular contributor to public media and a recipient of multiple awards for planning excellence from the Planning Institute of Australia.  Jason sits on the advisory group for the City of Gold Coast Water Strategy, has provided research consulting services to Queensland Urban Utilities, and most recently has helped the RACT develop their widely acclaimed Greater Hobart Mobility Vision.

As an AWA individual member or employee of corporate member you can register for the breakfast alone or as a bundle with your conference registration - and a limited number of corporate tables (seating 10) are also available. All these can be purchase by clicking on the registration link below.

Conference Program
We are delighted to announce our Conference keynote presenter will be  Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas.



Jess is a Transdisciplinary Researcher with CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere and was previously a research scientist and project leader with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC). She gained a PhD in Quantitative Marine Science from the University of Tasmania and also spent two years at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2015 Jess was named Tasmania’s Young Tall Poppy of the Year for her research, science communication and policy engagement. In 2017 she was named one of Science and Technology Australia’s 30 STEM superstars and was a finalist in the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards. In 2019 Jess was awarded an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Tasmania for her distinguished service in the fields of Antarctic marine ecosystems and climate change research. Jess co-founded the Women in Polar Science (WiPS) network, with over 3,800 members worldwide. Jess was one of 12 women scientists globally to have her portrait featured as a constellation on the ceiling of New York’s Grand Central Station as part of General Electric’s 2017 Balance the Equation campaign. Locally, Jess is also the co-founder of the Homeward Bound Program, which is an Australian led global initiative to foster women’s leadership in science.


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Thank you to our sponsors


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