The latest news from UNSW's water community.
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Photo by Mike Lewis HeadSmart Media on Unsplash
Welcome to our October Newsletter 
Welcome to the October edition of the GWI newsletter. This month we lead off with the wonderful news that Rita Henderson has joined the board of Water Research Australia. Rita’s election by membership of WRA acknowledges her contribution to research and mentorship of future water professionals and the esteem in which she is held by her colleagues in the industry. Well done Rita! Similarly, congratulations to Adriana Vergés from the Centre for Marine Science and Innovation who received UNSW's inaugural Emerging Thought Leader Prize for her outstanding work on Operation Crayweed – a project that has restored lost seaweeds to Sydney’s coastal waters. Adriana receipt of the award acknowledge both her research and scholarship as well as her outstanding contribution to science communication and public engagement. October marked the release of final reports from Stockholm World Water Week by our partners at the Source to Sea Platform and the Asia Pacific Water Forum. We are particularly grateful to the APWF for the opportunity to feature our collaboration with Impact Engineers in Sri Lanka. The story of Impact Engineers is inspiring; Founded by a group of UNSW engineering undergraduates in 2017, Impact Engineers have successfully developed a new water supply for one of the villages in north central Sri Lanka afflicted by chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) and have established and not-for-profit that provides pathways for students to work on development projects. Our student profile this month features Buddhi, Naduni and Tharitha, three of the founders of Impact Engineers who will complete their studies at UNSW next month. We are very grateful for their contribution and wish them well. They have left a great legacy at UNSW for future students.
During October the Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership launched a quarterly newsletter to provide updates on this important partnership initiated by Melbourne Water. The partnership supports a range of projects on characterisation, treatment and management of algae in drinking water systems. This work is aligned to a number of projects on organic characterisation in drinking water that featured during October at the IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in Water which was held on 7-9 October in Tokyo. In addition, new research by Liza McDonough on how the organic signature of groundwater changes in response to recharge featured in Water Research. We are pleased to announce that the November Water Issues commentary seminar will be delivered by Michael Spencer, our member of our International Advisory Committee and Professor in the School of Business at Monash University. In response to interest in our Water Issue Commentary series we have made past seminars available on a new GWI YouTube channel.
Finally, we conclude our newsletter with the latest on the much anticipated “Engineering meets the Arts” exhibition which celebrates the 60th anniversary of Water Research Laboratory at Manlyvale; the inaugural UNESCAP Global Ocean Accounting Partnership that will be held at UNSW next month and the Joint TERI-UNSW 11th Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Summit will be held in New Delhi in December.
I hope that you enjoy this newsletter and thanks again for your continued interest and support.
Professor Greg Leslie 
Director, UNSW Global Water Institute
Rita Henderson and Richard Stuetz
Rita Henderson appointed to WaterRA Board
Associate Professor Rita Henderson, academic from the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the board of Water Research Australia. A/Prof Henderson, the leader of Algae and Organic Matter (AOM) Lab within the School of Chemical Engineering, was formally elected at the WaterRA AGM on 30 October. A/Prof Henderson works in both teaching and research, where her interests are in water supply and biotechnology.
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Tokyo presenters
Algae and organic matter research showcased in Tokyo
Sina Moradi, Anthony Agostino and Naras Rao from the Algae and Organic Matter (AOM) Lab within the UNSW School of Chemical Engineering presented their research at the recent IWA Specialist Conference on Natural Organic Matter (NOM) in Water. The conference took place on 7-9 October in Tokyo, Japan, providing a platform to share the latest scientific and practical knowledge on NOM in diverse water environments, drinking water, wastewater, and recycled water
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Adriana Verges
Marine ecologist Adriana Vergés takes out UNSW's Emerging Thought Leader Prize
A marine ecologist using rigorous science and innovative public engagement techniques has won UNSW Sydney’s inaugural Emerging Thought Leader prize. Associate Professor Adriana Vergés was selected from a shortlist of six by a prestigious panel of judges. She stood out for her ability to merge science, the arts and powerful storytelling to inspire the community to respond to environmental crises, and to share this success story globally.
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World Water Week: Outcomes from our partners
World Water Week (WWW) in Stockholm was attended by GWI Director Prof Greg Leslie, presenting an opportunity to catch up and converse with many international partners and collaborators. The Source to Sea Partnership and the Asia Pacific Water Forum have since released statements and updates, building on conversations, decisions and sessions held during World Water Week.​
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NHASP launches quarterly newsletter
The Nuisance and Harmful Algae Science-Practice Partnership has recently launched a quarterly newsletter on all things algae, including the latest research, top publications, upcoming events and more. 
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Social channels
Let's get social!
Can't wait until the end of the month to hear from us? Follow us on Twitter (@UNSWWater) to get the latest news on our people, research, events and publications as it happens. We also have a YouTube Channel where we've begun posting our latest guest seminars. Currently you can access presentations from Dr Erin O'Donnell and Dr Daniel Abebe, with plenty more to be added over the coming months!
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   In Profile
Impact Engineers
Buddhi, Tharitha and Naduni, leaders of Impact Engineers
Buddhi Ranasinghe, Naduni Obadage and Tharitha Murage are the brains behind ‘Impact Engineers’—a student-led humanitarian engineering organisation with a growing portfolio of projects that enrich humanity. By and large, the inspiring group of ten concentrates on improving the lives of those in rural communities.
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   Upcoming events
Exhibition opening: Manly Dam Project
The Manly Dam Project exhibition opening will take place on Friday 6 December at 6-8pm at the Manly Art Gallery & Museum. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of UNSW's Water Research Laboratory, the 'Engineering meets Arts' exhibition will be open to the public for three months until 23 February. 
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GWI Seminar Series featuring Michael Spencer
The next GWI seminar will be prsented by Mr Michael Spencer at midday on Monday 4 November at UNSW Kensington. His presentation is titled 'Drowning with an elephant in the pool: Water industry attitudes and neglect of behavioural solutions limit our ability to address escalating water challenges'.
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11th GRIHA Summit, New Delhi
The 11th Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) Summit will be held in New Delhi, India, on 17-18 December. The 2019 Summit is sponsored by UNSW Sydney, and the  theme is  'Approach to Integrated Sustainability'. 
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Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting (Invitation only)
The first Global Dialogue on Ocean Accounting will be held at UNSW Sydney on 12-15 November, bringing together 100+ technical experts and decision-makers to share experiences about ocean accounting, and plan efforts to ensure that the values and benefits of oceans are recognised and accounted for.
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