Monitoring and managing pollution on beaches and recreational waterways
Welcome to our April Newsletter 
Welcome to the April edition of the GWI newsletter. This month we focus on activities to monitor and manage pollution along beaches and in recreational waters. The work combines elements of citizen science, big-data, final year undergraduate projects and research by experts in the faculties of Science, Engineering, the Built Environment and Art and Design. Dr Graeme Clark and Associate Professor Tomasz Bednarz report on the use of data visualization techniques to map spatial and temporal variations in marine debris on Australian beaches; final year students in a new Humanitarian Engineering elective present on innovative ways to trap plastics entering the ocean; PhD student      Simon Lloyd demonstrates how the management of swimmable urban rivers can be enhanced by combining clever landscape planning with sound water quality science; and, a new MOU with the University of the South Pacific will allow for student exchange under the New Colombo plan to investigate the movement of microplastics in the Pacific.
Our newsletter also contains an update on a collaborative project with Water Corporation of Western Australia and GWI members from engineering and public health that are looking at health risks to treatment plant operators; information on a new textbook on groundwater by Professor Ian Acworth; an assessment of efficient irrigation systems for women operated farms in Uganda; and, a reminder to register for the 3rd Marine Biotechnology conference in Sydney and OzWater 2019 in Melbourne.
Finally we conclude our newsletter with congratulations for Professor Susan Dodds, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences on her new appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research at La Trobe University. Susan has served on the GWI steering committee for three years and has been active supporter of the role of the environmental humanities in effective water management. We thank Susan for all her contributions to UNSW and wish her all the best in her new role.
Prof Greg Leslie
Director, UNSW-GWI
GWI signs MOU with University of the South Pacific
GWI signed an MoU with the University of the South Pacific (USP) on 5 April. Based in Suva, Fiji, USP is one of the leading tertiary education providers in the Pacific. GWI and USP will work together to achieve common goals in their research projects, with USP to host several undergraduate students in 2020. These students will be investigating microplastics in the Pacific with support from the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan.
HE students
Engineering students tackle humanitarian water issues
 Two teams of UNSW engineering students taking part in a Humanitarian Design Course have developed innovative strategies to help overcome water issues in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The multidisciplinary course focused on developing critical professional skills including team work and ethics, while embarking on a journey to solve humanitarian challenges.
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Marine debris
Citizen science an effective tool in reducing marine debris
Dr Graeme Clark from UNSW’s Evolution and Ecology Research Centre has been exploring the effectiveness of marine debris source reduction programs driven by citizen science, revealing some positive results. Dr Clark’s research looked at two source reduction programs for plastic marine debris, each occurring over large scales of iconic Australian coast. Both programs were driven by a citizen science organisation, the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, through the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.
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Legionnaires Disease - Pierre Le Clech
GWI engineers clear the air on Legionnaire’s disease
The Legionella pneumophila pathogen – one of the main bacteria that cause Legionnaire’s disease – loves watery conditions in temperatures between 37 and 43 degrees Celcius, making an air-conditioning cooling tower its ideal home. But another place that it can thrive is in the aeration units used in groundwater treatment works that are scattered throughout regional Australia. Associate Professor Pierre Le Clech from UNSW's School of Chemical Engineering is heading a team whose job is to mitigate the risk that the pathogen poses to people in proximity of aerators.
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In the spotlight
Ian Acworth publishes new groundwater textbook
Emeritus Professor in the UNSW School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ian Acworth, has published a new textbook providing information on an integrated approach to the challenges associated with locating groundwater. Written for a worldwide audience of degree level geology/engineering practitioners, academics and students involved in groundwater resource investigation methods; Investigating Groundwater is essential reading for those involved in groundwater research. It can be purchased online now through CRC Press.
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Thank you and farewell to Prof Susan Dodds
GWI thanks Prof Susan Dodds for her outstanding service on the GWI Steering Committee from 2016-2019. A member on the Steering Committee since its inception, Susan was Dean and Professor of Philosophy in UNSW's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with her research exploring the intersections of ethics, political philosophy, moral psychology, feminist theory and public policy. Prof Dodds is taking on a new role as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Indistry Engagement, at La Trobe University, following an international recruitment process.
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   In Profile
Simon Lloyd
Introducing Simon Lloyd, PhD Student
From Tokyo to Paris to Sydney, an international movement has begun to reclaim urban waterways for recreational useAccording to Simon Lloyd, a current PhD student at UNSW, creating a truly swimmable river that communities will embrace is no easy feat, with a unique requirement to combine clever landscape planning with leading water quality science. Simon is utilising his eight years of experience as a landscape architect to compliment his PhD research at UNSW, where he is developing a multidisciplinary framework to successfully activate urban rivers for recreational use.
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   Upcoming events
Marine Biotechnology Society Conference
The 3rd Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society Conference will be held at UNSW Sydney on 20-22 May, presenting the latest science and industry updates. With eight keynote speakers, the conference will cover many topical issues including new science and technology, commercialisation of marine bioproducts and processes, environmental remedation and sustainability and influencing public perception and policy.
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OzWater '19
Ozwater is the Australian Water Association’s international water conference and trade exhibition. Returning in 2019 to the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, Ozwater’19 will focus on the topic of Transforming our World.  The three-day conference program features multiple keynote speakers and is curated by water sector professionals from a selection of over 400 submissions including technical papers and case studies. Online delegate registrations are now open.
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