Water sector researchers and practitioners will converge on Brisbane next week to gain insights into how industry is applying the knowledge we’ve generated and synthesised to real-life water sensitive cities projects.

The packed 4th Water Sensitive Cities Conference program will run 26–28 March and feature experts from a range of industries and disciplines. They'll discuss tools and innovations resulting from our research, and explore fresh perspectives on issues such as ecological and human health and wellbeing and ‘urban metabolism’ within a changing climate.

Proving that water sensitive cities research has moved into the adoption and innovation phase, we’ll be offering two site tours during the conference: one to the Queensland Urban Utilities’ award winning Innovation Centre and Waste Water Treatment Plant at Luggage Point, and another to South Bank Rain Bank on the banks of the nearby Brisbane River.

Queensland Urban Utilities's Innovation Centre

The Innovation Centre is regarded as the best translating platform in Australia for converting water research outcomes to applied technologies. It’s a heritage-listed precinct hosting more than $10 million research works, with more than 30 partners from Australia and other parts of the world.

South Bank Rain Bank

The South Bank Rain Bank is an innovative stormwater harvesting system based in Brisbane’s South Bank parklands. Conceived during the Millennium drought, the facility provides treated water for parkland irrigation and toilet flushing.   

In addition to 16 interactive sessions on a wide range of topics, the conference will feature the launch of our bid for a new CRC and our next tranche of research and adoption activities. Participants are invited to attend a special cocktail networking event on the first evening of the conference (26 March), to learn more about our plans beyond our current term of June 2021. We’re also running a town hall Q&A session about the future of the CRCWSC, featuring a six-member panel moderated by our CEO Tony Wong, on Day 2 of the conference.

The official conference dinner, and a breakfast event focusing on inspiring innovation and inclusion in our industry, will round out the conference program.

You can access the full three-day program, plus every speaker’s bio on our conference web page.

The 2019 Water Sensitive Cities Conference will be held at the Brisbane Mercure Hotel, 85–87 North Quay, Brisbane, Queensland. Register now on our event page.

Tickets to the ‘Valuing inclusion, inspiring change’ breakfast event are also available here.

Last updated: 19th Mar 2019