Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

From the Director- March 2018

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Welcome back to 2018, I hope you’ve had a good start to the year. This time of year is always very busy for the Centre, with our researchers submitting many grant applications. We have been busy with more than 10 ARC and other funding applications, including a few fellowship applications. We’ve also been busy working on demonstration projects for our Lodomat technology. The Lodomat technologies we developed for enhancing bioenergy recovery and biological nutrient removal from wastewater are being demonstrated at pilot-scale through a number of projects at the Queensland Urban Utilities’ Innovation Centre located at the Luggage Point sewage treatment plant. We are also in discussions for more pilot-plant and full-scale trial projects at several other places around the world.

I’m also pleased to announce our participation in the Collaborative Sphere of Excellence in Water Security for the Asia Pacific Region.  The MoU between Gold Coast Water and Waste, International WaterCentre, International River Foundation, Manila Water, and the AWMC will establish a partnership program aimed at addressing water security in the Asia Pacific region.

I am also very pleased to announce that we will be launching a Master of Engineering in Urban Water Engineering program in Semester 1, 2019, which will provide a niche opportunity in our comprehensive postgraduate training program. We will deliver high-quality training to develop next-generation urban water engineers and water planners to bring fresh insight and integrated solutions to the water industry, which is facing serious challenges arising from climate change, population growth and continued urbanization.

Lastly, I am pleased to invite you to the 2018 IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference that AWMC will be hosting in November this year. It is with great pleasure, I invite submissions of extended abstracts for NRR18 – Closing the Loop.