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Darcy Lecturer Series - Professor S. Majid Hassanizadeh (Canberra)
Transport of Viruses in Partially Saturated Soil and Groundwater

Friday, 24 February 2012, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Australian National University, Engineering Mills Rd, Canberra

S. Majid Hassanizadeh, Ph.D., has been a professor of hydrogeology on the faculty of geosciences at Utrecht University since 2004 and is the senior adviser with the Soil and Groundwater Department of Deltares research institute. Hassanizadeh’s research focuses on flow and transport in porous media through theory development, experimental studies, and modeling work. Hassanizadeh will present the results of a large number of laboratory and field experiments involving bacteriophages (viruses affecting bacteria), and will show how the data from these experiments was used to derive (empirical) relationships between removal rate coefficients and geochemical conditions as well as saturation.

For more information please see downloadable flyer from website

To RSVP, please contact Mark Knackstedt via email

  February 2012

Conference: Water Security, Risk and Society
16-18 April 2012
University of Oxford, St Hugh’s College

The international conference on Water Security, Risk and Society will convene many of the world’s thought leaders from science, policy and enterprise to understand the status of and pathways to water security at multiple scales. The conference offers a platform for 200 academics, policymakers and business leaders to respond to society’s pressing water security challenges by (i) taking stock of the evidence base informing policy choices and strategic business decisions; and (ii) establishing investment priorities for science-policy-enterprise partnerships. The conference fosters exchange across developed and developing countries and regions, seeking to identify and elucidate global interdependencies between different socio-economic and cultural contexts.

The programme and confirmed plenary speakers are now available online. Highlights from the programme include:

  • 50 oral presentations based on an international call for abstracts with responses from 32 countries. Contributions span the theory, policy and practice of water security and were reviewed by a distinguished international scientific committee.
  • Plenary presentations feature leading scientists and practitioners, including UK Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, and others from Australia, Brazil, India, South Africa and USA.
  • Input from members of an advisory panel for policy and enterprise including representatives from Chatham House, OECD, World Economic Forum, The Coca Cola Company and others active in the water security agenda.
  • Leading sponsorship from AEA Technology and broad-based support from several other partners in research, government and industry.

General information

See the attached flyer, [PDF,1.02MB] for further information or visit the website. Please circulate widely. For enquiries contact Karis McLaughlin

  February 2012

Conference: Tapping the Turn: First Call for Papers

The Household Water Researchers Network is pleased to announce the first call for papers for Tapping the Turn: A Conference on Water’s Social Dimensions.
This international conference to be held at the Australian National University (ANU) Canberra, Australia on November 15-16, 2012, offers a rare opportunity to present your research and professional work in an international forum dedicated entirely to social and cultural water research.

Papers submissions are particularly welcome that address the following themes:
a) Living with Water - City, country, farm, home, body, spirit
Household water use; rural and remote issues; cultural meanings and spiritual values of water; water and well-being.
b) Water Geographies, Histories and Futures - Tracing, writing, mapping, modelling
Water heritage; integrated and participatory water planning; site-specific water management.
c) Water Security and Insecurity - The hydropolitics of fear
Social aspects of water sustainability; demand management planning; predictability, unpredictability and complexity.
d) Water Genders, Cultures, Politics - Water governanceinside and outside the home.
Different cultural meanings; gendered water use; masculinity, femininity, water governance.

For more information including full submission requirements, please visit

Please direct all enquiries to or call Kate Harriden, Co-ordinator, New Flows Research; ANU Canberra +61 2 6100 3608

  February 2012

RMAP Research Seminar

Gender Inclusive IWRM in Education and Research: The South Asia ‘Crossing Boundaries, [PDF,358KB]’ Project
Dr Anjal Prakash, Senior Fellow, SaciWATERs

12.30-1.30pm Monday 6 February 2012 - Hedley Bull Lecture Theatre 2, ANU

This presentation documents the approaches, outputs and outcomes of an initiative called the Crossing Boundaries Project; currently underway in four countries focusing on education, impact oriented research, networking and advocacy as a combined effort to contribute to a paradigm shift in water resources management in South Asia. This presentation will share experiences from regional, collaborative, partnership-based capacity-building initiatives undertaken by the project.

  February 2012

Int Conference on Fresh Water Governance for Sustainable Development
5-7 November 2012, Champagne Sports Resort, Drakensberg, South Africa
Organised by the Water Research Commission and the Department of Water Affairs – South Africa
Together with ANU UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance and other organisations

This conference is hosted by a large number of local, regional and international partners. It is aimed to share new knowledge on the topic of sustainable fresh water governance through written papers and posters as well as to allow for multi-stakeholder panel discussions mainly between researchers and policy makers as well as civil society. It will further support the hosting of special sessions, side events/workshops on related topics, moot courts role playing, knowledge cafe and other activities.

» view conference details [PDF, 92KB]

Further information, please contact:
Cilla Taylor Conferences, Conference Secretariat, c/o 66 Queen Street / PO Box 82, IRENE 0062  South Africa
Tel +27 (0)12 667 3681  Fax +27 (0)12 667 3680

  20 December 2011
ANUWI Seminar

Indigenous Rights to surface and subterranean waters in northern Australia: the current state of the law and new opportunities in commercial and cultural management for Indigenous people

Michael O'Donnell John Toohey Chambers
Friday 2 December 2011 1.00 - 2.30 pm
Room F.102 Forestry Building 48, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU

» view seminar flyer [PDF, 180KB]
» view seminar presentation [PDF, 332KB]
» audio [MP3, 11MB]

  18 November 2011

RSES Seminar

What do climate models tell us about changes in water availability over land?
Michael Roderick
Thursday 13 October, 2011
4:00pm, Jaeger Seminar Room, Jaeger Building (Bldg 61), ANU

» view seminar flyer [PDF, 42KB]

  12 October 2011

RSES Seminar

Changes in groundwater quality due to climate change
Dr. Vincent Post, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University
Thursday 29 September, 2011
3:00pm, Jaeger Seminar Room, Jaeger Building (Bldg 61), ANU

» view seminar flyer [PDF, 75KB]

  19 September 2011

CWEEP Water seminar

Green with Lawn Envy: Spatial Variation of Water Demand in Kelowna, British Columbia [updated 24 April 2011]
John Janmaat
12:30-1:30pm, Miller Theatre, Old Canberra House (Bldg 73), ANU
The front yard makes a power visual statement about the occupants of the residence. As visible statements, yards are likely to induce a behavioral response on the part of neighboring residents. One simple response may be to keep ones yard as green and lush as ones neighbor. For Kelowna, British Columbia, strong statistical support is found for spatial emulation during the summer, in the form of a highly significant positive spatial lag.

» view seminar flyer [PDF, 203KB]

  29 April 2011

CWEEP Water workshop

Environment and Economics 2011: Emerging Policy Issues in Water
Crawford School, ANU, 30 March 2011

Presentation and video are now available.

  4 April 2011

Synthesis paper Conservation management of rivers under climate change – a synthesis

The publication of a special issue of the journal Marine & Freshwater Research on Conservation management of rivers under climate change, which has papers on freshwater biodiversity conservation, water infrastructure and adaptation of rivers and wetlands with climate change. These papers emerged from the 2009 meeting of the Skukuza Freshwater Group and IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas’ Freshwater Taskforce meeting in Goolwa, South Australia, that was part sponsored by the ANU Water Initiative. Many papers focus on the Murray-Darling Basin, and together they propose many practical management measures of relevance to freshwater ecosystems globally. Two of the papers include ANU staff.

The synthesis paper Conservation management of rivers under climate change – a synthesis is freely available for download at

Titles of ten further papers in the special issue (requiring subscription access). The Australian media release at the launch on 22 March 2011.

  4 April 2011

PECC Conference and Seminar 'Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centers'

Perth, 11-13 April 2011

The Australian Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation and the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the ANU would like to invite you to participate in the conference for the PECC International Project on Environmental Sustainability in Urban Centres on 11-13 April in Perth. This project is led by the French Pacific Territories group in PECC and they have arranged participation by a number of international speakers. The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) is a second track organisation linked to APEC.

For more about PECC see The results of the meeting will be reported to APEC ministers. For enquiries and RSVP, contact Yanhong Ouyang

» view program, PDF, 172KB
» registration form, PDF, 41KB
» hotel booking form, PDF, 44KB

  16 March 2011

French-Australian forum on water and land management

13th-17th of June 2011 in Montpellier, France

The program will involve workshop sessions for exchange and case comparison on common themes and interest including urban water and transboundary water and land planning, as well as a field visit and social events. This forum has a couple of key objectives including to develop propositions for joint book publications to bring together current work and to investigate potential for future collaborative projects (see attached document for further information). A second forum will then be held in Australia in 2012 with the support of the French Embassy in Australia.

If you are interested in attending the forum in Montpellier, could you please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can gauge the number of participants and sort out the associated logistics. Please also let us know your specific research interest for collaboration and if you are interested in briefly presenting any of your current work. For further information, please contact or in Australia, and in France.

view details, PDF, 90KB

  22 February 2011

Collaborative Governance Arrangements for Water Management in Canterbury

Thursday 3 February 2011, 4.00 - 5:30pm,

Speaker: Bryan Jenkins, Chief Executive, Environment Canterbury, Christchurch NZ

Venue: Seminar Room 1.04 (Ground Floor), Regulatory Institutions Network, Coombs Building Extension (Bldg 8)


View Program, PDF, 19KB

  24 Jamuary 2010

The climate, energy and water nexus forum

Thursday 2 - 3rd December 2010
9.00am - 19.00pm

Acton Theatre, J G Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU


View Program, PDF, 172KB

View Invitation Letter PDF, 160KB

  16 November 2010

Australia China Environment Development Partnership Seminar: Water and Wetlands

Management of Australia and China’s precious water and wetland resources is the focus of this half-day seminar. Five of China s leading freshwater researchers will be joined by prominent Australian experts in a discussion on the latest insights and proposed solutions for sustaining our limited freshwater resources. An opportunity also exists to provide suggestions for proposed guidelines for managing wetlands and wetland parks in China.

Thursday 29th July 2010
8.30am - 12.30pm

Canberry and Springbank Rooms, Level 1,
J.C Crawford Building,
132 Lennox Crossing, ANU Campus

Please register with Hannah McInnes ( or
6125 2872) to participate.

The Australia-China Environment Development Partnership is a collaboration between the Australian and Chinese Governments, and has a major wetlands and other water resource projects that will feature in this seminar.

The Australian National University hosts leading research on better water management through the UNESCO Chair on Transboundary Water Governance & Economics, Centre for Water Economics and Environmental Policy, ANU Water Initiative, Crawford School of Economics and Government, and the Fenner School of Environment and Society.

Professor R. Quentin Grafton, ANU and Adjunct Professor Richard Price, ACEDP.


View Agenda, PDF, 43KB

  9 July 2010

Crawford Seminar: Drought adaptation in the Colorado River Basin

Dr Rosalind Bark, University of Arizona


Date & Time: Tuesday 8 June 2010, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Venue: Acton Theatre, Level 1, New Crawford Building


The Colorado River Basin (CRB) is approximately the size of the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) and like the MDB it also supports large-scale irrigated agriculture as well as around 30 million people. Drought in the basin since 1999 has significantly reduced reservoir storage and highlighted the precarious balance between system inflows and system demands. In this research we investigate the effectiveness of drought adaptation tools incorporated into the most recent system management guidelines.


  2 June 2010

RMAP Argument Series: Gender and climate Change


What can a Gender Lens Add to Research on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation?


Seminar 1: Empowering women to improve climate change mitigation and adaptation.


Gillian Brown Principal Gender Adviser, AusAID
12.30-1.30pm, Thursday 6 May 2010, Sparke Helmore T1


Abstract: Women and men will feel the impacts of climate change differently and can also make different contributions to mitigation and adaptation. The seminar will review some of the mitigation and adaptation strategies currently being employed and argue that with the right approach, they can empower women, and thereby improve the outcomes and impacts.


Bio: Gillian Brown has recently been appointed as the Principal Gender Adviser at AusAID.  Prior to this she spent ten years at the World Bank as the Regional Gender Coordinator and Senior Social Development Specialist in the East Asia and Pacific Region.  She has worked extensively on a range of community development, poverty reduction, land titling, extractive industry, governance and post conflict projects across the Asia Pacific region.


Seminar 2: Gender and climate change: differential impacts


Professor Margaret Alston
Head of Department of Social Work and Director of Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) research unit
Monash University12.30-1.30pm,
Thursday 13 May 2010, Sparke Helmore T2


Abstract: This seminar outlines the gendered social outcomes of climate variability in a range of cultural contexts and settings. Drawing on work undertaken in Australia and India, the seminar outlines positive and negative adaptations of women and men and outlines the need for gender sensitive policy relating to climate change. It also notes the need to include women in decision making concerning climate change policy and to adopt a more broad ranging policy perspective that includes social as well as economic and environmental measures to address climate change.


Bio: Margaret is Head of the Department of Social Work at Monash University. She has established the Gender, Leadership and Social Sustainability (GLASS) Research Unit in the Department and has several PhD students working in the area of gender and climate change. She has published widely and is internationally recognised for her work.


Argument: Gender and climate change: differential impacts


Panel: Margaret Alston; Katrina Lee-Koo; Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt
Moderator: Jacqueline de Chazal
13 May, 4:30-5:30, Sparke Helmore T2


  18 May 2010

Official Launch - UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Governance

Hon. Bob McMullan, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for International Development Assistance will officially launch the Chair, followed by brief addresses from Lawrence Cram, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU and Tom Kompas, Director, Crawford School of Economics and Government.

Thursday 15 April, 2010 from 10.15am
Canberry Room, Crawford Building 132, Lennox Crossing, ANU
RSVP: Maggie Whitten Henry at or (02) 6125 3606 by Tuesday 13 April

The UNESCO Chair in Water Economics and Transboundary Water Governance has been established to promote the Millennium Development Goals of environmental sustainability in Africa of the UN. Over the next four years the UNESCO Chair will work with its network partners in Southern Africa and collaborators in China to promote water research, training, capacity building and knowledge transfer. See ANU Media Release, PDF, 69KB, UNESCO Chair Launch Flyer, PDF, 1112KB

  15 April 2010

Water Seminar - March 5th, 2010

Topic: Policy Entrepreneurs and Change Strategies: Lessons from 15 Case Studies of Water Policy Transitions across the Globe

Speaker: Dr. Sander Meijerink, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands


Human Ecology Forum, Friday March 5th between 10am and 12 noon in

Room 101* (Old Library) of the Forestry Building (No. 48),

accessed from Linneaus Way, The Australian National University.


In this seminar Dr. Meijerink will present the conclusions of a recently finished edited volume on water policy transitions, which he has co-edited with Dave Huitema, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This volume was published by Edward Elgar Publishing and the International Water Association, December 2009.


All welcome: if you cannot stay the full two hours feel free to come for as long as you can.

[More information, PDF, 16KB]

  22 February

EERH seminar - Rationing And Length: The Impact Of Water Supply Interruptions On Residential Users

Marian García-Valiñas, INRA-LERNA, Toulouse  


Date and Time: Tuesday 27 October, 4pm-5:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 2, Crawford School


EU Water Framework Directive leads to manage water in an efficient way. Water scarcity originates frequently the need for rationing, and various methods, including supply interruptions, can be used. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of those methods in reducing residential water consumption. We estimate a demand function segmented into two components in order to capture the proportion of water consumed by households under different supply cut schemes. We find that the reduction in consumption per hour of cut decreases with the length of the daily interruption. Thus, it is better to implement many short cuts than a few long cuts in order to achieve the targeted reduction in consumption, minimizing the total time of interruption. Additionally, we show the relative effectiveness of prices to control water demand.


This seminar is sponsored by the Environmental Economics Research Hub.
More details, PDF, 185KB

  26 October

National Water Week ANU Seminar Day – Call for presentation

Wednesday 21 October 2009, 9am – 5pm


In response to the National Water Week on 18-24 October 2009, the College of Physical Sciences and Research School of Earth Sciences presents the National Water Week ANU Seminar Day. The theme of the seminar is “Securing Our Water Future”. We now invite our ANU students and ANU researchers from all fields to give a short presentation (15 min) about their research on water related topics. A price will be awarded to the best presenter.  


More information [here] and enquiries: Jenna Roberts, email:

  23 September

Water Diary 09 – call for volunteers


This year, the Water Diary will again be run during National Water Week, Oct 18 – 24.  The diaries are delivered to the households, with a stamped, addressed envelope to facilitate its return when complete. They now call for volunteers to participate in the water diary 09. The research will be valuable to understand the household water use in Canberra.


For more information, PDF, 6KB and register as volunteer, contact Kate Harriden,

Water Diary 2008 Report, PDF, 198KB

  23 September

Skukuza communiqué – 10 September 2009


The Skukuza 2009 workshop, co-sponsored by the ANU Water Initiative, has issued this summary communique on the key conclusions reached by the scientists who gathered at Goolwa South Australia. A special edition of Marine and Freshwater Research is due to be published in 2010 based on the workshop's papers and deliberations.


Background of Skukuza 2009

Skukuza communiqué 2009  «here, PDF, 21KB»

Media coverage: ABC News (AM) ; ABC News (PM)

11 September

Fenner School Seminar Series “Watershed management and climate warming in the Sierra Nevada”


Speaker: David Rheinheimer, PhD Scholar, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Center for Watershed Sciences, University of California, Davis

Thursday 17th Sept 2009
1:00 - 2:00pm Forestry Lecture Theatre
Forestry building no. 48


David is undertaking a PhD on operating hydropower systems for better freshwater ecosystem management in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in the face of climate change and increasing demands for both water and power, using systems analysis methods.

1 September

Public meeting “"Water allocation and climate change: the future of the world's rivers"


Wednesday 9 September 7.30 to 9.30pm

Goolwa Council Chambers Caddell St Goolwa


The Skukuza 2009 Meeting on "Management of environmental flows within a changing climate" is being held in Goolwa from 7-11 September. As part of the meeting there will be the opportunity for the public to hear from experts on the changes underway in rivers from around the world, as well as the River Murray, and consider the solutions being proposed to sustain people and nature. Many of the presenters will emphasize that our societies know enough now to take action to improve the health of our rivers, and that by sharing knowledge from different parts of the world we can find ways to better conserve freshwater habitats.


The evening will include presentations on managing rivers in Australia, South Africa, Britain and California in the face of climate change.  Speakers include Prof Richard Kingsford of the University of NSW, Dr Harry Biggs, South African National Parks, Trevor Bishop, Environment Agency of England and Wales and David Rheinheimer, University of California, USA.  Prof Max Finlayson, Charles Sturt University and Ramsar Scientific and Technical Review Panel, will outline the role of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and Mayor Kim McHugh will discuss the future of the lower lakes and Coorong.  This will be followed by time for questions and discussion.


You will need to "book" for the evening as seating is limited to 70 people.

Please rsvp to Dr Michael Geddes at as soon as you can.

If interest exceeds our capacity, bookings are first in first placed.

1 September

Public Lecture: Tipaimukh dam: the Socio-economic and environmental impact


Friday 3rd July, 2009, 3.30 PM, Lecture Theatre, Manning Clark Centre T5, Union Court, The Australian National University

ANU-Bangladeshi Students invite you to the public lecture concerning India’s planned Tipaimukh Dam plan on the river Barak: "The data, the denial and the future? Let there be light! Tipaimukh dam: the Socio-economic and environmental impact."

Speaker panel:

  • Mr. Jamie Pittock, Fenner School of Environment & Society and the ANU Water Initiative
  • Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt, Resource Management in Asia-Pacific Program, ANU
  • Dr Nargis Akhter Banu, Sydney based environmental planner
  • Mr. Ekram Chowdhury, Sydney based I.T. specialist and human right activist.

[More information, PDF, 18KB], Enquiries: Shamaruh Mirza on 0433550699

24 June

Skukuza 2009 “Management of environmental flows within a changing climate” Workshop

7-11 September, Goolwa, South Australia

The ANU Water Initiative is co-sponsoring the 2009 workshop of the Skukuza Freshwater Group, a biennial gathering of experts from academia, governments and environmental organizations to discuss a key emerging issue in freshwater conservation.

Participation is by invitation only. More information: Jamie Pittock –

[More Information]

22 June

ANU Water Diary Workhop

Water Diaries: Exploring the who, where and how much a household water use
2-5 pm, Friday 24 April 2009, Ross Hohnen Room, Chancellery, ANU
[More Information, PDF, 151KB]

23 April

ANU Water Conference: Drought – Past and Future

Hedley Bull Centre Lecture Theatre, ANU, 14th – 15th November 2008

21 October

Capital-WATER launch today

The Capital-WATER, which is an equal partnership between the Australian National University and the University of Canberra, is launched today
View Gallery

22 July
ANU NeWater workshop on adaptive water management  
28 August
Water Matters Colloqium (24-25 August 2006)
The ANU Water Initiative and the ANU Emeritus Faculty are co-hosting a Colloquium on Water, entitled Water Matters which will be held on 24 and 25 August 2007.  The Colloquium will be part of the Australian Science Festival in Canberra, and it will be held in the H C Coombs Theatre, ANU.  The Keynote Addresses will be given by Lord Selborne KBE FRS, Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, and by Professor Bob Naiman of the University of Washington, Seattle.
22 August
National Water Conference 2006  
ANU Water Workshop 2006  



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