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Running out of water

Climate is global but water is local

By 2030 supply of natural resources will not meet demand. What can we do?

In Australia, many places are running out of water, but the amount of water on the planet is fixed. We can’t actually run out of it. So, we need to understand where we are within the cycle, and how water resources are moving and changing.

Hear about leading research and industry collaboration projects that provide perspective and strategies on the need to rethink how we clean, transport, distribute water within ourselves that is equitable and sustainable.

The speakers

Sally is a Professor of Statistics and Director of ARC Centre in Data Research Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE), which focuses on data analytics related to the long-term impact of resource use on Australia’s economy, society and environment; and was recently awarded a $3.9 million ARC grant. She was previously Director of the Centre for Translational Data Science at the University of Sydney. 

Sally's research interests lie mainly in Bayesian methodology. In particular the spectral analysis of time series, flexible models for panel and longitudinal data, Gaussian and non-Gaussian nonparametric regression, and the development of efficient algorithms for large datasets. Sally holds an ARC Future Fellowship (2014-2018) and is an associate investigator in the ARC's centre of excellence Big Data, Big Models Big Insights.

Professor Benjamin Eggleton is the Director of the University of Sydney Nano Institute. He also currently serves as Co-Director of the NSW Smart Sensing Network (NSSN). He was the founding Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) at the University of Sydney and served as Director from 2009-2018. He was previously an ARC Laureate Fellow and an ARC Federation Fellow twice and was founding Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) from 2003-2017.

Ben is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), the Optical Society of America, IEEE Photonics and SPIE. He is Editor-in-Chief of APL Photonics.

Petr is Senior Lecturer in the School of Project Management and Associate Dean (Indigenous Strategy and Services) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. Most of his research is about networks. More specifically, it is about the interplay of technologies with social or interorganisational networks and the environment. He joined the University of Sydney in 2015 after almost thirteen years in Tokyo. 

An early research project investigating how social networks affected ordinary people's access to clean drinking water in Manila led Petr to observe that certain individuals in each community tended to benefit while those on the margins struggled. This experience convinced him to devote his career to rigorously examining the roles social networks play in contexts with less-efficient institutions and infrastructure, with a view to restructuring such programs to ensure more equitable access.

Dianne is recognised as a world-leader in the development of membrane systems for wastewater treatment and other applications, and in the assessment of carbon capture and storage technologies. As Head of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, her current role focuses on guiding the school's overall research program and helping to communicate its results to the research community, industry and the broader public.

Dianne's own research falls into two areas. The first is helping industry and governments to understand how we as a global community can make it possible for affordable, reliable carbon capture and storage technologies to take their proper place in mitigating the huge negative impacts of climate change. The second is helping industry to understand at a fundamental level how to design and operate the next generation of membrane systems for different applications, including wastewater treatment, dairy processing and minerals recovery.

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