Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

$30 Million for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities

Thursday, 01 December 2011

In November this year Minister for Innovation Senator Kim Carr announced the successful applicants of this year’s CRC selection round. Six out of 26 applications were successful, including the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC), which will receive $30 Million worth of Government funding.

There has been a nation wide call for the establishment of a national centre to drive the research, design and development of the socio-technical systems that will make water sensitive cities in Australia a reality. Water sensitive cities are resilient, liveable, productive and sustainable. They efficiently use the diversity of water resources available and create public spaces that harvest, clean and recycle water, increase biodiversity and reduce urban heat island effects.

The CRCWSC will address 4 key themes - Society, Water Sensitive Urbanism, Future Technologies, and Adoption Pathways. Well-established and respected researchers at several research hubs, including The University of Queensland, Monash University and The University of Western Australia, will drive this research. Prof Jurg Keller, AWMC Director, has been appointed as the Queensland Coordinator, while AWMC Deputy Director, Prof Zhiguo Yuan, will be one of 4 Program Leaders for the CRC, leading the Program on Future Technologies.

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