Water Journal : Water Journal May 2012
conference preview water MAY 2012 47 Ninth IWA Leading-Edge Technology Conference In 2003 the International Water Association (IWA) began an experiment. The hypothesis was that there was enormous value to be delivered through the convening of a series of specialist conferences dealing with the most topical issues in two key areas: Technology and Asset Management. The hypothesis proved correct. The 'Leading-Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies' and the 'Leading-Edge Conference on Strategic Asset Management' have been held regularly ever since and have always been forums at which ideas from desktop research to implementation of full scale technologies and concepts could be premiered and discussed. In 2012, the Leading-Edge Technology (LET) Conference will visit Australia for the first time. To be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 3--7, LET will showcase emerging developments in thematic areas that are both of international relevance and draw on local experience. The IWA's Leading-Edge Conference seeks to establish a platform for dialogue and to promote developments in water and wastewater technologies. The annual Leading-Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies focuses specifically on advances and developments in water and wastewater technologies. To keep the program targeted and discussions meaningful, the conference consists of a single plenary of invited speakers on the first day, followed by two parallel sessions (one for drinking water and the one for wastewater) on days two and three. The program will feature invited speakers, covering themes such as: • Resilient technologies and technology for disaster recovery; • Integrated and new technologies for Cities of the Future; • Disinfection by-product in drinking water and water recycling; • From resource recovery to wastewater based bio-refineries; • Clean, green and sustainable water technologies -- minimising waste and maximising resource utilisation; • Innovative water technologies in resource industries (oil, gas and mining etc); • Control and mitigation of direct greenhouse gas emissions; • Energy recovery and energy efficiency of wastewater systems. Because LET focuses on highlighting developments at the forefront of research and implementation, prominent keynote speakers are approached directly to participate. Among the highlights in 2012 will be: • Monash University's Rebekah Brown, whose topic will be "Enabling the uptake and diffusion of new technology. The political, institutional and social contexts for change"; • Shane Snyder, of the University of Arizona, speaking about developments in micro-pollutants and transformation products; • Thomas Egli, of EAWAG, Switzerland: "Flow cytometry in microbiological drinking water analysis -- new technology for an old problem"; • Chris Moran of the University of Queensland, talking about "Water in Resource Industries"; • Jim Bradley of MWH, New Zealand, speaking about New Zealand's experience in developing technology solutions that address sustainability criteria; and • Two presentations on disaster recovery and technologies -- one from Japan (Tatsuo Omura, Tohoku University) and one from Queensland on "Resilient technologies and the 2011 flood in Brisbane/South East Queensland". As a bonus, on the Sunday before the conference begins, two workshops will be held -- one on anaerobic treatment of low-strength wastewaters and the other on 'Direct Potable Reuse -- Why Not?' Of course, conferences are equally about the opportunity to meet with peers and industry leaders. The focus on obtaining insights into the very forefront of technological development at LET means that speakers and participants are also leaders in their field. LET, therefore, provides an unparalleled opportunity to discuss breakthrough technological developments with those who are behind them, and to debate issues of critical concern with an international range of participants. Finally, the conference will conclude with optional technical tours to: • Inghams' Advanced Water Treatment Plant, which services this major Australian poultry producer. The installation of this facility has enabled water consumption to be reduced by 70% at Inghams' processing facility; • The Carlton United Brewers Yatala Brewery In 2003 the brewery embarked on an upgrade program investing over $172 in the project to double the previous production capacity. This facility is now the world's most water-efficient major brewery, and the innovations employed minimised energy and greenhouse gas impacts; • Wivenhoe Dam and Bundamba Advanced Water Treatment Plant (AWTP), part of the $2.4 billion Western Corridor Recycled Water Project -- the third-largest recycled water project in the world; • Hinze Dam and Desalination Plant The Hinze Dam was originally constructed in 1976 and in December 2011 a $395 million upgrade was completed that significantly enhanced water security and the dam's flood mitigation capacity. The Leading-Edge Water and Wastewater Technologies Conference is an event not to be missed. Registrations are open at www.LET2012.org LET takes place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
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