The following is a cross post of a conference announcement that may be of interest to our subscribers.
Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference, 1-3 May, Canberra, Australia
Registrations are now open for the ‘Practical Responses to Climate Change’ conference which 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, with a particular focus on the water sector. It will be an opportunity for policy makers, engineers, business leaders, planners and researchers from a range of disciplines to present, listen to 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. Discussion panel sessions at the end of each day will be included to allow a forum for debate of key issues and also presentation and discussion of the most recent thinking.
Just some of the speakers include:
- James Cameron – CEO, National Water Commission
- Wendy Craik AM – Commissioner of the Barriers to Climate Change Adaption Inquiry, Productivity Commission
- Phil Cummins – Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
- Rhondda Dickson – CEO, Murray Darling Basin Authority
- Leo Dobes – Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU
- Rowan Douglas – CEO Global Analytics, Willis Group & Chairman, WillisRe Research Network
- Alistair Driver – National Conservation Manager, UK Environment Agency
- Barbara Norman – Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Canberra
- Mike Rothery – First Assistant Secretary, National Security Resilience Policy Division, Attorney-General’s Department
- Harinder Sidhu – First Assistant Secretary – Adaptation, Science and Communication Division Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
- Caroline Sullivan – Assoc Prof Environment, Economics and Policy, Southern Cross University
- Rob Vertessy – Acting Director of Meteorology, Bureau of Meteorology
The full program can be downloaded.
The conference is run by Engineers Australia in partnership with the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the Australian National University. Further information on the conference and registrations (including reduced prices for students) can be found at: www.climatechange2012.org
The final annoucements and details are going around for the 7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design but as its scheduled for the 21-23 February 2012 you’d better check it out quickly.
Understanding the nexus between sustainable urban water management and the vitality, liveability and prosperity of urban communities is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st Century. Many urban communities are now faced with rising temperatures, longer and more severe droughts, more frequent and devastating floods and increased levels of water borne pollutants; all of which diminish the liveability of our urban areas and degrade our natural environments.
Our cities and communities need to become water sensitive; where water is managed within our urban areas to provide maximum value for a range of functions and users, including the natural environment. A water sensitive city is resilient and is able to cope with extended periods of drought and intense rainfall. A water sensitive community appreciates the scarcity and value of potable water supplies and supports the use of other water sources to enhance amenity, minimise heat island effects and improve their quality of life.
Building a water sensitive community cannot be achieved with traditional urban water management approaches alone. To meet to this challenge, an integrated approach is necessary; we should strive to effectively link the myriad design and implementation cultures of the different disciplines involved in urban water management.
This is cross-posting is an announcement for the IAH Groundwater Symposium – Uncertainty in Hydrogeology – to be held at Dockside, (Sydney CBD) on 5-6 September 2011.
There is a reciprocal arrangement with a discount for EA members.
The announcement flyer is available and the conference website contains more information.
The National Conference Practical Responses to Climate Change is proud to confirm impressive keynote presentations from:
- Dr Jaap Schellekens, Expert Advisor at Deltares, Netherlands
- Dr Kevin Hennessy, Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia: Climate Change Science Update
- Dr Francis Chiew, Senior Leader at CSIRO Land and Water, Australia: Climate Impact on Water Resources
- Mr John Ginivan, Executive Director – Planning Policy at the Department of Planning and Community Development, Australia: Policy and Pragmatism in the Real World
- Mr Angus Gordon, former CEO of Pittwater Council: Terror Australis – Local Government in Deepening Water
- Mr Rob Skinner, Managing Director, Melbourne Water: Sustainable Cities of the Future
To view the full Conference program and register for the Conference please visit the website www.climatechange2010.org.
Early registration closes on Saturday 3 July 2010
The welcome letter from the congress chair is reproduced here with minor formatting changes:
The 34th Biennial Congress of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) will be held in Brisbane, Australia, 26 June to 1 July, 2011. The Congress theme “Balance and Uncertainty: Water in a Changing World” focuses on the central roles of hydraulic engineering, hydrology and water resources in our changing world and how these roles link to the broader issues. A balance is continually being sought between competing values in water engineering, including the environment, the economy, tourism, social and indigenous values, health aspects, aesthetics, and the needs of current and future generations.
The deadline for abstract submission is the 15 July 2010. Submit your abstract now!
To submit your abstract, visit www.iahr2011.org and select the “Call for abstracts” option. Once A full list of topics and themes is provided and you can quickly lodge your abstract using the on-line submission system. you submit an abstract, you will automatically receive updates. The notification of abstract will be early September and the deadline for full paper will be in October 2010. Each submitted paper will be peer-reviewed.
The congress is jointly organised by IAHR, Engineers Australia and its National Committee on Water Engineering. It will be held in conjunction with Australia’s two premier hydrology and hydraulic conferences:
- the 33rd National Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium and
- the 10th National Conference on Hydraulics in Water Engineering.
The integrated event will be attended by a wide range of international and Australasian academics, researchers, practitioners, regulators, infrastructure developers and resource managers with an interest in water . The congress will include the prestigious IAHR plenary lectures, the Munro and Henderson Orations, the Ippen Award Lecture, and announcements of the GN Alexander Medal recipient and John F Kennedy student award.
Due to a number of requests to extend the abstract deadline for the Practical Responses to Climate Change conference the organisers have extended the deadline until Friday 23rd March 2010.
For full details check out: http://www.climatechange2010.org.
The final call for abstracts for the inaugural Practical Responses to Climate Change National Conference has just been made. If you are interested, please contact the organisers as soon as possible at: http://www.climatechange2010.org.
The second call for abstracts has just been release for the PRCCC to be held in Melbourne over 29 September 2010 – 1 October 2010. I’ve reproduced it below and full details are available on their website: www.climatechange2010.org.
The invitation and call for abstracts for the Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference which is sponsored by the Engineers Australia National Water Committee has just been announced. See the letter from the conference chair that is reproduced below.
Date: 29 September – 1 October 2019
Location: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne, Australia.
On behalf of the organising committee I would like to invite you to the inaugural Practical Responses to Climate Change Conference, taking place at the Hilton on the Park, Melbourne from Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October 2010.
The Conference Practical Responses to Climate Change will provide a forum for presenting comprehensive responses to climate change within the water sector with particular emphasis on recent climate change science and impact research, vulnerability assessment techniques and adaptation strategies. It will be an excellent opportunity for engineers, scientists, planners and academics to present and debate current and future practices for adapting to changes in our environment from the catchment to the coast.
The Conference Program will focus on five streams; Coasts & Estuaries, Water Resources, Catchments, Floodplains & Waterways, Planning & Policy, explored in detail by a body of reputable and informative speakers.
We encourage you to submit abstracts on a range of topics as listed below:
- Impact of Climate Change on Coasts and Estuaries
- Coastal Hazards and Management responses to Climate Change
- Impacts of climate change on water resources
- Water resources management in response to climate change
- Impact of Climate Change on Catchments, Floodplains and Waterways
- Catchment, Floodplain, and Waterway Challenges and Management responses to Climate Change
- Climate change risk assessment in a policy and planning framework
- Planning and Policy Responses to Climate Change
Abstract submission closes on Thursday, 2 April 2010.
For further information on the Conference Program and a breakdown of each of the above topic’s sub categories please visit the Program page of the Conference website www.climatechange2010.org.
Dr Mark Jempson
Creating a Storm: The Future of Stormwater in Australia
Call For Abstracts
The Conference Steering Committee of STORMWATER 2010 are now inviting all stormwater practitioners to submit an Abstract for Conference Papers, particularly those that highlight lessons earned and demonstrate the successful application of those lessons. Abstracts that focus on the process involved in undertaking the project rather than the outcomes of the project will be highly regarded.
Full details are contained in the Call for Abstracts document which can be downloaded by clicking here or alternatively can be downloaded from the official conference website at www.gemsevents.com.au/stormwater2010.
In 2010 we are seeking abstracts for both “Refereed” and “Non Refereed” papers. “Refereed” papers will be subject to rigorous scientific peer review under the supervision of a formal Conference Scientific Committee in accordance with the “Higher Education Research Data Collection Specifications for the Collection of 2010 Data”. This process has been put in place by the Conference Steering Committee to attract academic papers.
Authors not associated with a research institution may prefer to submit papers that are “Non Refereed”.
It is anticipated that refereed and non refereed paper sessions will be approximately 30 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes allocated for questions.
Based on the 2010 Conference theme, conference paper abstracts are being sought in the following streams:
- Supporting Better Urban Outcomes – Biodiversity and Amenity
- Protecting our Urban Waterways – Water Quality and Managing Flow Impacts
- Managing Open Spaces – Sustainable Stormwater Harvest
- Building our Future – Policy. Planning and Knowledge
- Institutional Capacity Building – Improving Governance of Stormwater
To download the full Call for Abstracts document, please visit the Call for Abstracts page on the conference website at www.gemsevents.com.au/stormwater2010
For further information about STORMWATER 2010 please contact Julie McGraw at GEMS Event Management at [email protected] or visit the conference website.