The latest news from UNSW's water community.
Welcome to our May Newsletter 
Welcome to the May edition of the GWI newsletter. This month UNSW was pleased to host the 3rd Australian New Zealand Marine Biotechnology (ANZMB) conference. It was a great event and kudos to UNSW’s A/Prof Suhelen Egan who, with the organizing committee, delivered a compelling program. The conference provided the perfect opportunity to exhibit a set of Yolngu bark paintings of Sea Country from Arnhem land from the UNSW art collection and recent works titled Gangaagundi Guunuwayagan (Future Life) by Chels Marshall, who participated in the Indigenous roundtable. The Indigenous roundtable was one of the highlights of the program and provided a forum at the conference for discussion of First Nation issues and attitudes to marine stewardship. The Sea Country and Future Life exhibition will remain on display on level 5 of the UNSW library through to the 2nd of August. Visitors to UNSW’s Kensington campus are encouraged to visit the library and see these amazing water themed works of art.
During May, Richard Kingsford joined Emma Carmody from the NSW Environmental Defenders Office and Sarah Wheeler from the University of Adelaide at a forum on the Murray Darling Basin, convened by Rosemary Lyster, Professor of Climate and Environmental Law and Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the University of Sydney. A recording of the Forum may be found here.  Florence Choo won the Australian Water Association's national Student Water Prize announced at the OzWater'19 conference held in Melbourne. Florence was recognized for her research with A/Prof Rita Henderson on Real-time monitoring of cyanobacteria: Validation of fluorometers as a tool for optimising treatment processes. Another PhD student working with Rita Henderson,  Anthony Agostino, delivered a paper on advanced organic characterization of drinking water supplies at the European Geological Union conference in Vienna. This month's newsletter contains a profile on Behnaz Avazpour who is working towards a PhD on urban water planning in the Faculty of the Built Environment with Urban Water Resilience Lab, and details on the next Water Issues Commentary seminar to be delivered by Prof Marc Parlange from Monash University, who will speak on the important role of tree canopy in temperature regulation and water management in urban environments.
I hope that you enjoy this newsletter and thanks again for your continued interest and support.
GWI hosts 3rd Australia and New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Conference
GWI successfully held the 3rd Australian New Zealand Marine Biotechnology (ANZMB) conference between the 20thto 22nd May 2019. The Australia New Zealand Marine Biotechnology Society aims to advocate and represents all aspects of marine biotechnology in Australia and New Zealand. The objective of the conference was to engage members from industry and communities, academic institutions and government to the latest updates relating to marine biotechnology.
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Art exhibition
Art exhibitions showcase cultural connections to water
GWI was pleased to present an exhibition of Yolngu bark paintings of Sea Country from Arnhem land from the UNSW art collection and recent works titled Gangaagundi Guunuwayagan (Future Life) by Chels Marshall on the occasion of the 3rd ANZMBS Conference. GWI worked with Jackson Mann of the UNSW Library, Elena Taylor, Senior curator of the UNSW art collection and A/Prof Fabri Blacklock of UNSW Art and Design to bring the exhibition to life, which expressed indigenous cultural identity, using art to create inclusive conversations around water management and provide an opportunity to learn from indigenous communities on stewardship of water resources.
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A Agostino
Anthony Agostino presents natural organic matter research in Vienna
Anthony Agostino, PhD student from the UNSW Algae and Organic Matter (AOM) laboratory and recent delegate of the European Geosciences Union Annual General Assembly 2019 (EGU19), has been exploring a catchment to treatment plant approach to natural organic matter in potable water supply systems. Anthony presented an oral presentation at EGU19 in Vienna, detailing “A multi-technique assessment on the flux of natural organic matter across an Australian water supply catchment”.
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Art exhibition
Podcast now available: Disaster in the Murray Darling Basin: Explanation and Consequences
UNSW's Prof Richard Kingsford recently spoke at a forum on "Disaster in the Murray-Darling Basin: Explanations and Consequences. Hosted by the University, of Sydney the forum examined the origins of the challenges and the state of the rivers, the legal frameworks and socio-economic ramifications. A podcast is now available via the University of Sydney website.
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In the spotlight
Florence choo
Florence Choo awarded AWA national Student Water Prize
UNSW's Florence Choo was presented with the 2019 Student Water Prize at the Water Associations awards ceremony, held during OzWater'19 in Melbourne. Florence was recognised for her outstanding work focusing on monitoring cyanobacteria in real-time for drinking water processes.
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   In Profile
Behnaz Avazpour
Introducing Behnaz Avazpour, PhD Student
Water scarcity has been identified as one of the most likely causes of future global conflict and economic instability on many scales. For those living in semi-arid cities, the potential impacts of water scarcity are severe. With growing urbanisation in many semi-arid cities, increased pressure is being placed on Governments to provide a secure water supply that can also withstand the impacts of climate change. Behnaz Avazpour is hoping to assist planners and Governments by developing a framework for innovative design approaches that enhance water sensitivity in the semi-arid urban landscapes of drought-prone cities.
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   Upcoming events
Waterfront - Nick Schofield
Effects of trees on momentum exchange within and above a real urban environment
Professor Marc Parlange, Provost and Senior Vice-President, Monash University, is presenting at UNSW at Midday on Tuesday 4 June. Professor Parlange is recognised internationally for his expertise in environmental fluid mechanics. His contributions in this broad area primarily relate to the measurement and simulation of air and water flows over complex terrain, with a focus on how air turbulence and atmospheric dynamics (atmospheric boundary layer flow) influence urban, agricultural and alpine environments.
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