Water Journal : Water Journal December 2014
19 awa News DECEMBER 2014 water calliNG all BriGht sParKs! iNVitatioN to aWa Water iNNoVatioN ForuM 2015 Australia has forever faced the challenge of sustainably managing its limited water resources, continually balancing the need to provide safe, secure and affordable water to both households and industry in variable climatic conditions. It is through these challenges that the Australian water, construction, food and beverage, and agricultural industries have become world leaders in the development of innovative solutions for water and wastewater management to make practices more efficient and effective. The AWA Water Innovation Forum will be a platform to share water innovation across industries, providing a showcase of best practice solutions that can be adopted in other sectors. The forum will include a two-day conference program, an extensive exhibition, a technology commercialisation and training workshop, as well as business networking through formal business-matching meetings, social events and pitch sessions. The conference program will feature leading experts in themed sessions about innovative solutions for water-smart cities, agriculture and food manufacturing, and the role of disruptive innovation in customer engagement. The important topic of financing the innovation value chain will also be covered. The building and construction sector faces challenges in optimising the urban dimension of water services and contributing to other key areas of sustainable urban development. New and cost- saving innovations for smart buildings, sport and recreation areas, manufactured buildings and new housing and industrial estates will all be examined. Although the food sector has applied a range of innovative processes over the last decade, this has focused mostly on waste. With the ever-increasing pressure on clean water resources, this sector must find processes that are efficient, sustainable and cost-effective while ensuring access to a clean water supply. The forum will bring together representatives from the dairy, meat and agriculture sectors to discuss innovative solutions. Disruptive innovation can be the game changer for business success and economic growth, creating opportunities and improving customer engagement. The forum will explore the role of disruptive innovation and highlight the application of some case studies in the water sector. Additionally, technology companies will introduce their new solutions during pitch sessions and through the exhibition. Professor Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, will provide the keynote on what steps should be taken to create a strong and sustainable drive for innovation, referring to his 2014 report, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics: Australia’s Future. Venture capitalists and financiers will also address the availability of public and private funding streams in a session highlighting the strong links needed between the finance and research communities. With the innovation value chain depending heavily on available funding streams, the role of finance is critical to product realisation and commercialisation. Practical training will be provided on the second day of the conference in the Technology Commercialisation and Adoption Training session for innovators to engage with water technology end-users, investors and IP advisers. This session will provide support by reviewing pitches and offering concrete tips for improvements, while experts will share their experience to lead innovators to success. The AWA Water Innovation Forum will be held at Royal Randwick Sydney from 18–19 March, 2015.T o register for the event, please go to www.awa.asn.au /InnovationForum15 aWa aND austraDe to host eXhiBitioN at iNDia Water WeeK The Australian Trade Minister the Hon. Andrew Robb will lead a large Australian business delegation to the Australian Business Week in India program, which takes place 12–15 January 2015. A component of the program will be participation in India Water Week in New Delhi, 13–15 January. Australia is the partner country at this important water event and AWA has secured exhibition space for a business matching lounge and a display of Australian water capability. There will be 20 display pods available to companies that sign up to the India Business Week program, at a cost of $2500+ GST each. All other mission costs and entry to India Water Week have been covered by DFAT. For members interested in the Indian market, but unable to join the Minister’s program, you have the opportunity to display your material and brochures on the AWA/Austrade stand for $1000+GST. Contacts and a report will be sent to you in late January This is an exciting opportunity for the Australian water sector to showcase its expertise in this huge market. Under the stewardship of Prime Minister Modi, water and sanitation are high priority programs and will receive considerable funding. Please contact Geoff Gray at email@example.com for more information or to book space. oPerators challeNGe raises MoNey For WateraiD AWA’s Operations Specialist Network held its third bi-annual National Operations Conference in Cairns in October. This year’s conference included an ‘Operators Challenge’, designed to engage delegates and raise money for WaterAid, the charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation. The Operators Challenge tested the delegates’ skills in the assembly of pipes and valves, which involved a team of two working together to complete the challenge in the fastest time possible. The challenge raised over $380 for WaterAid, with the winning team combination of Cheryl Marvell of Sydney Water and Murray Thompson from Engineers Australia completing the challenge in one minute and 40 seconds. A special thank you to Richard Scott from South Australian Water Corporation who designed and built the challenge.
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