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Watercourses Convention Global Symposium
Call for papers extension to 29th February 2012

The IHP-HELP Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science (under the auspices of UNESCO) and WWF will co-organise a symposium on the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention.  The aim of the symposium is to gather together a wide and diverse range of viewpoints from academia, government, international organisations, and civil society,  to debate the existing and potential relevance of this global framework instrument.

Towards this endeavour the convenors of the symposium are inviting papers on a range of topics related to the UNWC. The organisors would be particularly keen to receive abstracts that explore,

  • the value of aglobal framework/ regime for the governance of international watercourses
  • the lessons that could be learnt from the experiences of entry into force and implementation of other global or regional treaty regimes (e.g. Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Wetlands), and
  • the mechanisms that should be in place to ensure that watercourse conventions are implemented and complied with at the national level.
Paper abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to Dr Alistair Rieu-Clarke ( or Ms Flavia Loures (Flavia.Loures@WWFUS.ORG) by 29th February 2012. Abstracts will then be reviewed by a scientific steering committee, and participants will be notified no later than Friday 30th March 2012.

For more information:

The UNWC Global Initiative Symposium will precede the Annual International Law and Transboundary Freshwaters Workshop, which will run from 11th – 14th June 2012 – see

  February 2012

NWC Knowledge Transfer Workshop

Climate Change impacts on groundwater resources and recharge/discharge estimation in data poor areas
Details please see attached flyer or contact Olga Barron, CSIRO

Canberra WORKSHOP:
Date: Friday, 4 February 2012
Venue: Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre, Geoscience Australia, Crn Hindmarsh Drive and Jerrabomberra
Avenue, Symonston, Canberra

Workshop is free. Morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided. 

Please RSVP to: CSIRO Land and Water Division, Dr Olga Barron: (08) 9333 6367 or
More information, [PDF, 188KB]

Background info, [PDF, 1.07MB]

  February 2012

Water Stewardship Australia standard setting workshop
1-2 February 2011, Melbourne

Water Stewardship Australia (WSA) is currently revising its pioneering first draft Australian standard in light of local field trials and international input through its affiliation with the global Alliance for Water Stewardship (AWS), which is now undertaking a global standard development process. Australian stakeholders will have an opportunity to provide input to the revision of the Australian standard and influence the direction of the international standard at a workshop and dinner to be held on 1–2 February 2012 at Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne.

» View details [PDF, 577KB]

Contact: Michael Spencer, Secretary, Water Stewardship Australia Limited
  12 January 2012

Imagine H20 - 2011 Wastewater Startup Business Competition

Imagine H2O – a nonprofit with a mission to inspire and empower people to solve water problems – is seeking water startups for its 2011 Wastewater Prize competition. Your insight and connections will contribute to the success of this competition and help Imagine H2O expand the premier ecosystem for water innovation.

Deadline: Tuesday 15 November 2011

» View details [PDF, 22KB]

  12 October 2011

2nd 'Practical Responses to Climate Change' conference  - CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The 2nd 'Practical Responses to Climate Change' conference will be held in Canberra, Australia, at the National Convention Centre from 1 to 3 May 2012. The theme for 2012 is 'Water and Climate: Policy Implementation Challenges'. The conference will provide a forum for presenting strategies for managing a variable and changing climate through the lens of the water sector. It will be an opportunity for policy makers, engineers, scientists, planners and academics to present, hear and debate the latest research and practice on water and climate policy implementation challenges in urban, catchment and coastal environments. High profile national and international speakers will be brought together with delegates from around Australia and the world for a series of plenary lectures and contributed papers that will ensure a vibrant and interesting program. Workshops will be included to allow a forum for debate of key issues and also presentation and discussion of the most recent thinking.

Papers on a range of themes are invited for oral or poster presentation. All papers will be peer reviewed and accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Key dates are listed below.

Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday 17 October 2011
Abstract Acceptance Notification: Friday 11 November 2011
Full Paper Submission Deadline: Monday 6 February 2012

Please see the ClimateChange2012 website for further information.

  4 October 2011

Cross-Connections Fellowship Research Workshop 2:
Building collaborative capacity in urban water: challenges and prospects

March 24-25, 2011, University of Western Sydney

This is an open call to attend a one and half day workshop at the University of Western Sydney from March 24 - 25, 2011 on building collaborative capacity in urban water. This workshop is being held as part of the National Water Commission Fellowship project Cross-Connections: linking urban water managers with humanities, arts and social sciences researchers (HASS) conducted by Dr Zoë Sofoulis (Fellow) and Dr Justine Humphry (Research Associate) from the Centre for Cultural Research, UWS from March 2010 – April 2011.

Web: website

view details, PDF, 87KB

  22 February 2011

Academy of European Law: Annual Conference On European Water Management Law 2010

Focus On Services Of General Economic Interest In Europe

Brussels, 23-24 September 2010


This annual conference organised by ERA and IDEW will analyse the following facets of water management law and public services in Europe:

  • Political and legal framework for public services in Europe
  • Legal provisions applicable to water service delivery
  • Organisation, practice and experiences from Member States
  • Competition law and public services
  • Public services and water protection
  • The impact of the Lisbon Treaty
  • Future perspectives for European water management law and case law from the ECJ


Conference organiser: Florence Hartmann-Vareilles, ERA; Professor Michael Reinhardt, Institute for German and European Water Management Law, University of Trier Areas of Law: Environmental Law, Competition Law, Consumer Protection Law


Language: English, German (simultaneous interpretation)


20 % discount - Registrations reaching ERA before 23 July 2010.


  18 June 2010

ANQUE Water and Energy Symposium
International Symposium: Challenges and Opportunities of Water and Energy
13-16 June 2010 in Oviedo (Spain)


Water and energy are two key natural resources for sustainable development, they determine economical decisions in agriculture, urban development, tourism and industry.


Water‐related problems are expected to worsen in the near future and, as a consequence, the energy problems will also aggravate. For this reason, the need to find sustainable solutions to the problem of water and energy is clear.


In this event the following topics will be covered:

  • The energy system and the integral water cycle.
  • Water for energy production.
  • Energy consumptions of different water treatments.
  • Managing the links between Water and Energy.
  • Market opportunities.
  • Level of technological development and analysis of technological potential.


Details of the Symposium, , symposium flyer, PDF,1453KB


There will be two sessions organized by Dr Karen Hussey, Co-Chair of ANU Water Initiative, and the speakers from the Energy-Water Nexus.


For more information about the ANU-COST Collaboration in the Energy-Water Nexus project, please see


  17 May 2010

2010 UrbanSalt Conference - Dealing with Salinity in Urban Environments

8th and 9th June, 2010, The Sebel Hotel, Parramatta, NSW


Conference Registration Available at

Early Bird Registration will end on Friday, 30th April


The 2010 UrbanSalt Conference "Dealing with Salinity in Urban Environments" will take place at The Sebel Parramatta, NSW on the 8th and 9th June, 2010.  This conference follows on from the extremely successful previous UrbanSalt Conferences held in 2005 and 2007. The conference will provide an opportunity to learn from the experts in urban salinity from around Australia. 


The conference will be attended by key decision makers from local government, state and federal government agencies, representatives of catchment management authorities, environmental scientists, geotechnical officers, landscape architects, builders and developers, engineers, damp proofing contractors and building repairers. Conference flyer, PDF, 317KB


  17 May 2010

Peter Cullen Trust - 'Bridging Water Science and Policy' leadership program

The Peter Cullen Trust ( is a new charitable organisation set up to support programs that continue the work of the late Professor Peter Cullen. Peter was one of few people able put the science of water management into plain speaking, and be heard… “the champion of the rivers who led the debate on the national water crisis and helped revolutionise how Australians think about it.”


Applications are open for the Trust’s 2010 leadership program, designed to train a small group of water scientists and policy experts to work together to achieve measurable outcomes bridging water science and policy. Full details are on the website, under Programs. Information packs are available from; applications close on 1 July 2010.

  7 April 2010

Conference of the Global Catchment Initiative (GCI)

The Global Water System Project (GWSP) is holding a Conference of the Global Catchment Initiative (GCI) by the title:

“The Global Dimensions of Change in River Basins - Threats, Linkages and Adaptation”

6 – 8 December 2010 at the University Club in Bonn, Germany. GCI Conference Flyer, PDF, 704KB

  7 April 2010

2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open and you will have an opportunity to enter or nominate for the NWC Professor Peter Cullen Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation.


This $10,000 Eureka Prize is awarded to an individual, team or organisation for research and innovation that has made or has the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the sustainable use and management of Australia's water resources.


The winner receives $10,000. Entries close midnight AEST Friday 7 May 2010.

For further information on this prize, including how to enter go to website or email

  7 April 2010

Australian Water Association (AWA) ACT Water Industry Awards


The ACT Water Industry Awards are an annual part of the ACT Branch's program and have been developed to promote the outstanding work achieved by individuals and organisations in the water sector; as well as to promote the water and environmental sciences as a career choice through the Student category awards. Award categories include:


  1. ACT Water Industry Award
  2. ACT Infrastructure Project Innovation Award
  3. ACT Young Water Professional of the Year Award
  4. ACT Program Innovation Award
  5. ACT Project Award for Emerging Professionals
  6. ACT Undergraduate Water Prize
  7. ACT Postgraduate Water Prize


For details, see AWA ACT branch website
View Brochure »

  22 January 2009

BOM National Water Information Seminar – Canberra

The Bureau of Meteorology is hosting the National Water Information Seminar across all capital cities between September and November 2009. The seminars will feature presentations by senior Bureau and State representatives highlighting progress toward achieving the Bureau’s water information mission to ensure Australia is better equipped to manage water scarcity, water quality and flood risk through ready access to high quality water information at the national level. During the seminar we will also describe the water information products the Bureau plans to delivery over the next 6-18 months.


The Canberra seminar, PDF, 984KB is held on Thursday, 15 October 2009 between 9.00am and 3:15pm in the civic centre. Participation is free and you will need to register before Thursday, 8 October 2009.  We hope you and your colleagues can attend the seminar. For more information please send an email to

  23 September 2009

ESF-COST Conference on “Complex Systems and Changes - Darwin and Evolution: Nature-Culture Interfaces”

15-20 September 2009 - Hotel Eden Roc, Sant Feliu de Guixols, Spain


Chairs: Roland Pochet - Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE & Alain Peyraube - CNRS/EHESS, FR

Scope: The conference will gather speakers from two different intellectual worlds: 'hard' and 'soft' sciences, i.e. biological sciences, humanities and social sciences and will aim to:

  • a) Give a summary of the success of using a Darwinist approach within different disciplines;
  • b) Highlight insights from other disciplines in understanding biological evolution;
  • c) Explore the potential for developing hybrid domains.

It will be organised around the following four basic Darwinian principles:

  • Variation and diversity (variations among individuals are the driver of evolution);
  • Abundance (more offspring (progeny) are produced than would reach adulthood);
  • Selection (the one best adapted to his environment has more chance of survival);
  • Reproduction and transfer (organisms reproduce and pass on beneficial traits (inheritance)

Grants: available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and travel costs.
Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph "Grant application" of the application form.

[More information, PDF, 112KB], Program and application form available online at:

Contact: Ms. Zuzana Vercinska, Conference Officer

24 June 2009

17th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists

24-27 June 2009, Amsterdam, The Netherlands  

Deadline for early registrations: 1st May 2009

We would like to remind you that the deadline for registration at an early fee for the 17th EAERE Annual Conference 2009 that will take place at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from 24 June – 27 June, 2009, is 1st May, 2009.

EAERE 2009 will have:
Kirk Hamilton, Billy Pizer, Scott Taylor and Rick van der Ploeg as Keynote speakers, a Preconference on Water Economics on 24 June, 2009, registration deadline 1st May, 2009, Special sessions with invited speakers on different topics, a Poster Session, and a Job market again.
Full details can be found on the following web site:

28 April 2009

5th World Water Forum - Bridging Divides for Water

16-22 March 2009, Istanbui, Turkey

The World Water Forum is the main water-related event in the world, aimed at putting water firmly on the international agenda. A stepping stone towards global collaboration on water problems, the Forum offers the water community and policy-and-decision-makers from all over the world the unique opportunity to come together to create links, debate and attempts to find solutions to achieve water security. It is organised every three year by the World Water Council, in collaboration with the host country.


Daily session report and newsletter.

27 March

ESWG Summer School on "Sustainable Use of Water in Agriculture"

Indicators and trends for water resources conservation Venezia, Italy, 5-9 October 2009 Isola di San Servolo - Venice International University

  • Hydrological (quantity and quality of the resource) and socio-economical aspects focused on managing strategies for water resources conservation, with special emphasis to coastal regions
  • Hydrological approaches to water saving and quality protection, especially against nutrients and pesticides
  • Present engineering methods used to improve water efficiency and case studies
  • Economical evaluation of water-related issues in agriculture - The framework of European directives

Application and details: ; Deadline for applications: 30 April 2009

5 March

Gender and Water Summer Institute for South and East Asia  

The Gender and Water Alliance, together with the Asian Institute of Technology are organising the first Gender and Water Summer Institute (GWSI). This 2 weeks course will take place from 31 May till 13 June 2009 at the International Conference Centre of AIT, Bangkok, Thailand.
More information: GWA Website, Brochure, PDF, 130KB, Application Form, DOC, 312KB

28 January

Circle of Blue - Water News & Call for Interns  

- Keep up-to-date with the latest water news

- Circle of Blue, the journalism and science project reporting the global freshwater crisis, seeks one or more interns for summer 2008.
More information

24 September 2008

Job vacancy - Researcher in Water Services Regulation

Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee, Scotland

Closing date: 30 September 2008
More details

17 September 2008

Mekong River Commission – Water Expert Vacancies

There are 3 positions consultancy announcement

1. Training Expert - IWRM (2 working months)

2. Training Expert - Scenario-based Water Resources Planning (1 working month)

3. Training Expert - Water Governance (1 working month)

Details, PDF, 12KB and Terms Of Reference, PDF, 118KB

2 September 2008

Seminar: Inclusion and Vulnerability in the water & sanitation sector, PDF, 477KB

Friday, August 22, 2008, Canberra

12 August 2008

ACT AWA Student prize for Undergraduates, Post Graduate and Young Water Professionals
Nominations should be made by 1 September and papers will be accepted until approximately 21 September 2008
[More Information, PDF, 16KB]

30 July 2008

International Conference on Water Resources Policy in South Asia
December 18-20, 2008, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  Second Announcement and Call for Papers, download details here, PDF, 384KB

23 May 2008

Marie Curie Fellowships - Applications Welcome!

For more information, visit website at or CMCC website at . Next deadline is 19 August 2008!

12 May 2008

11th International Riversymposium: A Future of Extremes < Registrations Now Open! >

  (Brisbane, Australia, 1-4 September 2008) 

Brochure is available and registration online at

1 May 2008
Seminar on Monitoring and Assessment of Transboundary Waters (16-17 June, Geneva)

For more information visit:

15 April 2008
ICID/UEA International Seminar – Towards a political ecology of irrigation & water use efficiency and productivity

6 November 2008 at Institution of Civil Engineering, Central London

Organised by Bruce Lankford, University of East Anglia

[Program details, PDF, 213KB]

For further information see also these website: ;

10 April 2008
Australian Museum Eureka Prize FOR Water Research and Innovation

The winner receives $10,000.  Entries CLOSE 2 May 2008.

[More Information]
2 April 2008
Call for Application to a ‘young researcher’ Marie Curie Training Course 2008
Organised by Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin (February 18th - 27th, 2008, Berlin)
[More Information]
Waterwise Annual Water Efficiency Conference 2008 – The Road to Water Efficiency in the UK
(8-9 April 2008, Keble College, Oxford University)
For more information, please visit
12 Jan 2008



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