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IWA Events of Interest

The IWA run events frequently across the world. From major international meetings to small specialist conferences, IWA Events explore the frontiers of science, technology and practice, and bring to life leading-edge, pragmatic and innovative solutions for urban and basin-wide water and sanitation challenges. For further information you can access the IWA events page.


6th AWA/IWA National YWP Conference - Brisbane, Australia
12 - 13 March

Planning for the 6th AWA/IWA National Young Water Professionals Conference is well underway. The conference will be held in Brisbane in March 2020, and for the first time it will be a joint Australia and New Zealand YWP conference. The conference organising committee is comprised of YWP representatives from Queensland, NSW, Victoria, SA, WA, NT and New Zealand. The conference co-chairs are IWAA’s Diana Gonzalez Botero and AWA Qld branch, Jannah Baker. To access the 2020 conference program click here.

Ozwater'20 International Water Association activities - Adelaide, Australia 
5-7 May

World Water Congress & Exhibition - Copenhagen, Denmark
18 - 23 October


16th Specialised Conference on Small Water & Wastewater Systems - Perth, Australia
1-5 December

8th ASPIRE Conference - Hong Kong
31 October - 2 November

Ozwater'19 Sustainable Development Goals Workshop - Melbourne, Australia
7 May


IWA/AWA Young Water Professional National Conference - Melbourne, Australia

World Water Congress & Exhibition - Tokyo, Japan
16 - 21 September


8th International Young Water Professionals Conference - Cape Town, South Africa
10 - 13 September

Water and Development Congress & Exhibition - Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 - 16 November

7th IWA-Aspire Conference and Water Malaysia Exhibition 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
11 - 14 September

The 14th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies
June 2017

Event Wrap-Ups

Ozwater 2019 Sustainable Development Goals workshop May 2019

“Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals under climate change: new partnerships for transformation” 
Workshop at Ozwater’19, Tuesday 7th May, 4:00 – 5:30pm, Workshop Room 2 

Together, the International Water Association Australia (IWAA) and the AWA SDG Specialist Network led a vibrant and productive dialogue with attendees and challengers from different sectors beyond water. The aim of the workshop was to activate participants on how they can pursue new partnerships to implement the SDGs. The workshop explored the emerging priorities created by the aspirations of the SDGs combined with the pressures of climate change, and will guide participants in developing action plans for new partnerships dealing with emerging priorities in energy, food, health, insurance and capacity building. If you would like to hear more about the outcomes of the workshop, please get in touch with the IWAA Committee.


Nutrient Removal and Resource Recovery Conference, Brisbane Nov 2018

The Advanced Water Management Centre at The University of Queensland, Queensland Urban Utilities, IWAA and AWA were proud to host the 2018 IWA Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference in November 2018, welcoming over 285 delegates to the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Brisbane for a full 3-day program. 
The technical program had many highlights including Keynotes: Haydee De Clipper (DC Water, USA), Mike Johns (Johns Environmental), Susanne Schmidt (University of Queensland) and Willy Verstraete (Ghent University, Belgium). Theses visionaries of NRR combined with the 157 papers presented really highlighted that Nutrient Removal and Recovery is necessary to meet the challenges of the global water cycle. The Best Paper of the conference was awarded to George Wells, Northwestern University for his outstanding presentation, Comammox Nitrospira dominate ammonia oxidation in a mainstream low dissolved oxygen nitrification reactor, and the Best Poster Award went to Paula Andrea Hernandez from The University of Queensland for her poster, Selective electrodialysis system for the extraction of caproic acid from mixed VFA solutions.

The conference ended with the technical tours to the Nereda Plant in Kingaroy and the Innovation Centre at Queensland Urban Utilities. Thanks to our sponsors Queensland Urban Utilities, Veolia, Johns Environmental, Aqualia, GHD, City of Gold Coast and Aquatec Maxcon.

5th AWA/IWA National YWP Conference 2018

The 5th Conference was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne in February 2018 and included 2 days of oral and poster presentations and workshops, and half a day of site visits to the Yarra Valley Water’s Waste to Energy (WtE) plant and MCG’s recycled water facility. The conference theme was “Connect. Collaborate. Accelerate.”, and had a strong SDG, networking and professional development focus. The 2018 conference was the biggest one so far, with over 200 registered attendees. The IWAA was a session sponsor, supporting the SDG panel discussion, which was very well received by attendees.

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Robbie Goedecke
Australian Water Association
Phone: 02 9467 8424
Email: rgoedecke@awa.asn.au