Education and Training

We continue to expand our Education and Training courses, building on our original Activated Sludge Course which has been running for over 10 years, and is University accredited.


Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment (QMRA) Research and Training Workshop
1 Day Workshop- Monday 21 March 2016 – $495 (plus GST)
4 Day Workshop – Monday 21 to Thursday 24 March 2016 –  $2395 (plus GST) pay before 4 March 2016 and only pay $2100 (plus GST).

Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) is a formal process for estimating human health risks from exposure to biological agents of concern. It has become a widely accepted approach for a wide range of applications  including, comparing and prioritising risks, identifying scientific knowledge gaps, informing policy development, and communicating risks to the public.  QMRA is an interdisciplinary field  that has gained wide acceptance among the scientific and regulatory communities. It couples data and information with mathematical models to provide a more sensitive measurement of human health risk than conventional approaches in epidemiology. This 4-day intensive workshop is designed to provide training in the science and skills of QMRA. It will teach participants how to integrate information from multiple disciplines and carry out probabilistic analyses using computer programs to quantitatively assess microbial risks to human health. Topics being covered include risk assessment methodology, dose-response and exposure assessment and risk management.  The training will include lectures and practical sessions that provide hands-on exercises with real-life cases studies. These case studies will have a focus on water-related health risks.  
Professor Joan Rose
Laboratory Director, Principle Investigator Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research, Co-Director Centre for Water Sciences and Centre for Advanced Microbial Risk Assessment Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Michigan State University. Dr. Rose is an international expert in water microbiology, water quality and public health safety, publishing more than 250 manuscripts. She has been involved in the investigation of numerous waterborne outbreaks world-wide. Her work has examined new molecular methods for waterborne pathogens and zoonotic agents such as Cryptosporidium and enteric viruses and source tracking techniques.. Dr. Rose has been involved in the development of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) frameworks, methods and data sets.  Considered one of the international experts in this evolving arena and is the developer and curator of the QMRAwiki.
Dr Mark Weir is an Environmental Engineer with considerable consulting and research experience At Drexel Dr. Weir developed his skills in environmental and engineered systems modelling and quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA).  In the summer of 2009 he graduated with a Ph.D. In Environmental Engineering and started his postdoctoral work at Michigan State University (MSU) with the Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA).  As Associate Director of CAMRA Dr. Weir helped manage the large center of researchers while procuring his own research funding through EPA for predictive risk and environmental systems modeling research.  While at MSU he also opened a science and engineering consulting firm, CAMRA Consultants LLC.
Dr Jade Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and has extensive experience in developing and providing training in quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) tools and models. She is a collaborating principal investigator in the Centre for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA).
Dr Susan Petterson is an international expert in QMRA with 18 years’ experience across drinking water, recreational water and sanitation contexts in Europe, North America, Africa and Australia.  Since 2009 Dr Petterson has been part of the WHO working group for the harmonisation of QMRA for water safety management.  Susan is based in Port Stephens NSW as the Director of Water & Health Pty and serves as an editor for The Journal of Water and Health.
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 A course in Communicating Water Science and Technology – September/October 2016 dates TBA:water_cycle_500x399 The course is designed to inform educators, communicators and community consultants about water science including how to present it to lay people in a way that captures their attention and is easily understood. It will help those with a responsibility to interact with and guide the community, at all levels, towards sustainable urban water management. It will help you to provide information simple enough to understand, yet technical enough to trust.

Communicating Water Science and Technology Resources:
Urban Water Reuse Cycle:
Waste-d-water to Pure Water by Jenifer Simpson 
In this highly readable guide we discover what we put into water, how we take it out again and how we can be sure that it has been taken out. It is fully illustrated with diagrams, cartoons and photos. It is unique in that it starts by explaining the pollutants that may be in the water – organic and inorganic chemicals and microorganisms – and goes on to describe the sophisticated and efficient technologies available to remove them so that we understand and learn to trust them. It then tells us how we can be sure that they have been taken out. The booklet introduces the star rating system for water quality that describes the quality of water as it becomes progressively cleaner – the more stars, the more opportunities to use the precious resource. The technical content is easy to follow. It provides accurate knowledge so that we can have a realistic perspective when considering how our water should be managed. From-waste-d-water-to-pure-water_condensed

“The booklet is the perfect primer for anyone beginning to take a look at recycled or reclaimed water, how it is made, its quality, and types of uses. It also brings a clear perspective to the risks associated with recycled water use.” (Mark Milan Foreword to US edition)

A course in Wastewater Treatment Pond Design – 11 to 13 May 2016 research
Many sewage treatment plants in Australia use pond technology as part of the overall wastewater treatment process. However due to the complex nature of the processes which occur in these ponds, the treatment outcomes can be quite variable.  Therefore, it is vital to ensure that the correct design is utilised to maximise pond efficiency.  The level of training and understanding for the effective design and operation of these systems within the industry is currently limited.  A specialist training course has therefore been developed for managers, operators and designers of pond systems. This course is aimed at people working in the wastewater industry as operators, engineers, scientists or managers, who wish to have a working knowledge of process optimisation of wastewater treatment ponds. The course is unique in that it provides fundamental knowledge and modelling of the interaction between hydrodynamic, microbiological and engineering design and operational aspects of the pond system.  

Activated Sludge and Biological Nutrient Reduction – 4 to 8 July 2016 sludge_pond_200x164
This University accredited course is designed to provide wastewater industry operators, engineers, scientists, mangers and
students with working knowledge of troubleshooting techniques and process optimisation of activated sludge and biological nutrient removal systems. It provides fundamental knowledge of the interaction between biochemical, microbiological, engineering design and operational aspects of the BNR process.
Laboratory sessions held at the University of the Sunshine Coast, a member of the Smart Water Research Centre.

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