The annual UQ Water Forum is coordinated by the Global Change Institute to boost familiarity among UQ researchers of their colleagues’ work, and to showcase initiatives and new knowledge on water management, behaviours and knowledge around water consumption, and needs for water sanitation and hygiene.

The event was held at the Global Change Institute on 4–5 July 2016.

Download the program or view details below.

Combined abstracts are available here.

As well as a post-election panel looking at the implications for water, the event featured 30 lightning presentations from leading researchers, and distinguished speakers from the the Brisbane City Council, Australian Water Association, Unitywater, Sunwater and The University of Queensland.

For additional details, contact the Global Change Institute’s Nina Hall at or 07 3443 3104.

UQ Water Forum 2016 Program

DAY ONE – Monday, 4 July

8.30 am

  • Prof. Stephen Walker, Executive Dean, UQ Faculty of Science

8.50 am

Federal election result: Implications for water – special panel


  • Dr Sandra Hall – Aust Water Association, Qld
  • Adjunct Prof. Leith Boully − CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and SunWater
  • Mark Pascoe − UQ International WaterCentre
  • Prof. Karen Hussey − UQ Global Change Institute

10.00 am

Theme 1: Can we enhance productive economies through improved water management?

1A: End user research needs


  • Ian Johnson – Qld Farmers Federation
  • Paul Birch – Fitzroy Basin Association
  • Prof. Neil McIntyre – UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • Prof. Robert Henry − Qld Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation (QAAFI)


11.30 am

1B: UQ lightning research presentations (click on hyperlink to view PDF)


  • A/Prof. Daniel Rodriguez (UQ Qld Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation) – Water Smart Farming Systems.
  • Prof. Susanne Schmidt (UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences) – NextGen fertilisers for nutrient stewardship.
  • Dr Glen Fox (UQ Qld Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation) - Using commercial and Australian native rice species in north Queensland: the correct species for the correct environment.
  • Dr Marguerite Renouf (UQ School of Chemical Engineering) – A ‘metabolism’ perspective on urban water servicing options.
  • Prof. Jim Underschultz (UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) – Hydrogeology, Fault Valving and Fluid Flux.
  • Dr Alex Lechner (UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) – Planning in mining regions – assessment of potential mining impacts on water and biodiversity.
  • Julius Kotir (UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management) − More land or water? A simulation model in the Volta River Basin, West Africa.
  • Dr Sue Vink (UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) − New insights into groundwater flow in the Great Artesian Basin.

1.00 pm – LUNCH

Theme 2: What is our role in enhancing the value and health of our waterways?

2A: End user research needs


  • Partha Susarla – Unitywater
  • Saul Martinez − Brisbane City Council
  • Prof. Helen Ross – UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • A/Prof. Yongping Wei – UQ School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management

3.10 pm – BREAK

3.15 pm

2B: UQ lightning research presentations


  • A/Prof. Kelly Fielding (UQ School of Communication & Arts) − Stormwater is fine but I’m not comfortable with recycled water.
  • A/Prof. Yongping Wei (UQ School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management) – Evolution of societal value on water resources in Australia.
  • Dr Kathy Witt (UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) – Understanding how people value rural waterways.
  • Dr Angela Dean (UQ School of Communication & Arts) – Engaging communities in waterway protection through effective communication.
  • Lynda Lawson (UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute) – Promoting women’s voices in the management of natural resources:  reflections from the literature and women sapphire miners in South West Madagascar.
  • Dr Natalie Jones (UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences) – Waterway values of Moreton Bay and lower catchments.
  • Dr Tyrone Ridgeway (UQ Global Change Institute) – Improving water quality will not be enough to save the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Anthony Kung (UQ International WaterCentre) – Creating environmental report cards: using the production process to capture knowledge and build stakeholder relationships.
  • Prof. Helen Ross (UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences) – Managing south-east Queensland’s waterways: a focus on values.

4.45 – CLOSE

DAY TWO – Tuesday, 5 July

9.00 am

Theme 3: Can we transform Queensland ahead of the next shock to ensure resilience in energy, water and land resources?

3A: End user research needs


  • Lavanya Susarla – Qld Urban Utilities
  • Paul Heaton – Gold Coast Water
  • Prof. Jürg Keller – UQ Advanced Waste Water Management
  • A/Prof. Eva Abal – UQ Global Change Institute


10.45 am

3B: UQ Lightning research presentations


  • A/Prof. Kristen Lyons (UQ School of Social Science) − Privatised development and resource impacts: A case study of industrial plantation forestry in East Africa and its failings for water, land and people.
  • Prof. Clive McAlpine (UQ School of Geography, Planning & Environmental Management) & Dr Jozef Skytus (UQ Global Change Institute) − Impact of large-scale reforestation on temperature and rainfall in Australia.
  • Dr Katrin Doederer (UQ Advanced Waste Water Management) − Is biofiltration for drinking water treatment the new/old silver bullet?
  • Dr Marie-Laure Pype (UQ Advanced Waste Water Management) − WaterVal: development of national guidelines to monitor reverse osmosis membrane.
  • A/Prof. Antony Moulis & Dr Paola Leardini (UQ School of Architecture) − Flood resilience in high density urban spaces.
  • Adjunct Prof. Bill Capati (UQ Advanced Water Management Centre) − Managing odour and corrosion at Elanora sewerage catchment.
  • Dr David Adamson (UQ School of Economics) − Economic instruments for water reform in Australia and Europe.

12.15 – LUNCH

Theme 4: How can water initiatives contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals?

1.15 pm

4A: UQ lightning research presentations


  • A/Prof Simon Reid (UQ School of Public Health) − Are changes in land use driving the epidemiology of water-associated diseases in Fiji?
  • Dr Dani Barrington (UQ School of Public Health) – Can participatory action research be used to foster community and local stakeholder actions to improve water, sanitation and hygiene in informal settlements?
  • Dr Shabbir Ahmad (UQ Business School) − Urban water pricing to promote equity, efficiency and sustainability: Evidence from a south Asian industrial city.
  • Declan Hearne (UQ International WaterCentre) − Supporting evidence-based WaSH in Schools: participatory monitoring, analysing and planning.
  • Dr Luis Yerman Martinez (UQ School of Civil Engineering) − Reinventing the toilet challenge.
  • Kylie Milligan (UQ International WaterCentre) − WaSH monitoring data and outcomes in Fiji: An integrated water resource management perspective.
  • Dr Grace Muriuki (UQ Global Change Institute) – Traditional bedfellows, new beds? Integrating water and food in Australian cities’ traction towards SDGs – a primer.


2.50 pm

4B: Launch of UQ Discussion Paper
The UN Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene:  How Should Australia Respond Within and Beyond its Borders?


  • Dr Nina Hall – UQ Global Change Institute
  • Dr Paul Jagals – UQ School of Public Health
  • Prof. Saleem Ali – UQ Sustainable Minerals Institute
  • A/Prof. Jon Willis − UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

4.00 – CLOSE


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