Friday, 28 March, 2008
Water Down Under 2008 – one of the major international water conferences of the year – is being staged in Adelaide in April.
ICE WaRM is a co-convenor and major sponsor of this event, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 15-17th April, which is attracting presenters and participants from across the world.
Friday, 28 March, 2008
Flying Start to 2008
ICE WaRM has hit the ground running in 2008; among other activities, hosting a five-city tour by Birdsall-Dreiss lecturer, Dr Bridget Scanlon, in early February.
It’s the first time the winner of this prestigious annual award, chosen by the Hydrogeology Division of the Geological Society of America, has visited Australia. Big audiences turned out at each lecture and the audio and slides of her presentation have proved to be popular features on the ICE WaRM website.
Tuesday, 25 March, 2008
Birdsall-Dreiss lecturer Dr Bridget Scanlon has called for changes to agriculture in semi-arid regions like to preserve our scarce water resources and make primary production more sustainable.
Dr Scanlon – the Senior Research Scientist in the Bureau of Economic Geology at the Jackson School of Geosciences, attached to the University of Texas in Austin – has set five priorities to improve the sustainability of semi-arid farming.
Thursday, 20 March, 2008
In December last year, ICE WaRM hosted the Changjiang Water Resources Commission (CWRC) from China; an organisation which is responsible for the development, utilisation and protection of water resources in the Changjiang River Basin. The CWRC aims to develop and promote integrated water resources management in the Basin while implementing environmental protection measures.
Tuesday, 18 March, 2008
Professor Simon Beecham and research engineer Terry Lucke from the University of South Australia headed a recent ICE WaRM short course on Siphonic Roof Drainage Design – a state of the art drainage system involving complex hydraulic analysis.
Sunday, 16 March, 2008
ICE WaRM was proud to host leading researchers Dr Paul Hanson from the Centre of Limnology, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Dr Kane Aldridge from the University of Adelaide as speakers at a seminar on “The State of the Lower Murray Lakes” on the 21st January.
Dr Hanson visited Adelaide to collect data on the condition of the Coorong with the research cluster which focuses on the Coorong, the Lower Lakes and the Murray Mouth (CLLAMM ecology).
Saturday, 15 March, 2008
Professor Simon Beecham represents the University of South Australia on ICE WaRM’s Board of Studies, the body overseeing the ICE WaRM nested Master Programme and comprising programme directors from each partner university.
He is a former chair of the Board of Studies and is heavily involved in ICE WaRM’s education programmes.
Thursday, 13 March, 2008
Several highly successful Living Laboratories events have been held since the beginning of the year. The philosophy behind the Living Laboratories programme, supported by ICE WaRM and the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation (DWLBC), is that the current investment in landscape change through Natural Resource Management Programmes offers the research community a ‘laboratory’ within agency implementation programmes where hypotheses can be tested and measurements can be taken at the full landscape scale.
Sunday, 9 March, 2008
Dr Mark Dent from the University of KwaZulu in Natal highlighted South Africa ’s acclaimed water and natural resources management policies during a six city lecture tour in February and early March sponsored by ICE WaRM.
He also exposed many of the current problems in implementing those policies in his presentation titled “Renewing Water Resources Management in South Africa – Changing Role, Form and Context For Science”.
Thursday, 6 March, 2008
ICE WaRM Director Professor Robin King was a key speaker at a special seminar titled ‘Building Tomorrow’s Engineers’ in Melbourne in February.
The seminar, organised by the Business/Higher Education Round Table and the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, explored some of the major future challenges to ensure academic courses meet the needs of the engineering industry.