Education and Training



International Water Centre Learning Lab

Following the World Water Congress & Exhibition in Brisbane, 17-21 October
5 days – 19 master classes & study tours – 32 experts & leaders in IWM – active learning

Benefit from the IWC’s reputation as leaders in education and adult learning in Integrated Water Management (IWM) and join a growing network of professionals concentrated on delivering IWM.

Solving the challenges of IWM requires a variety of skill sets, technical capacity and leadership strategies. The IWC Learning Lab is a 5-day event offering 19 master classes and study tours by 32 leaders in IWM, designed to build the interdisciplinary and institutional capacity required to deliver IWM.

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ASBNR Course

Activated Sludge and Biological Nutrient Reduction Course
See Registration Form: (to be updated in 2017) 
5 Day Workshop – 2017 Dates TBA
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.

Bob Seviour. Bob is an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, who although retired, is still research active, studying activated sludge microbiology. He has published more that 200 papers in international refereed journals, and has written many book chapters, as well as editing two books, one of which ‘ The Microbial Ecology of Activated Sludge (published by IWA Publishing) is still in press. He has made substantial contributions to understanding the microbiology of the bulking and foaming filamentous bacteria, the polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAO) in biological P removal plants, and the glycogen accumulating organisms (GAO) thought to have a negative impact on the PAO. He set up and was director for 25years of the Biotechnology Research Centre at La tribe University, where this work was carried out.
Beth Seviour. Beth has carried out research over the past 25years, trying to identify the filamentous bacteria causing bulking and foaming in activated sludge systems. She has published about 30 papers in international refereed journal describing these bacteria. She was the first person to grow in the laboratory many of these, including Microthrix parvicella, Eikelboom type 1851 and type 1863, work which allowed the design of molecular probes to identify them in situ. She now runs Bugworks, a company which tries to help wastewater treatment plants deal with activated sludge operating problems of a microbiological nature.
Mr Peter Griffiths – Design and Modelling: Peter has over 35 years’ experience consulting in wastewater treatment and possesses in-depth experience in evaluation, design, commissioning, trouble-shooting and operations of municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. He specialises in design and modelling systems including the development and publication of modifications to the denitrification design models and the identification of management and control mechanisms for problem organisms.
Associate Professor Helen Stratton – Microbiology: A/Prof Helen Stratton is the Executive Manager for the Smart Water Research facility and Deputy Director of the Australian Rivers Institute. Her PhD in wastewater microbiology grounded her ongoing experience in water and wastewater research.  Helen recently led a large project in modelling pathogen die-off in matruation ponds. She has spent the last 18 years at Griffith University as a research fellow and lecturer in microbiology. She has published over 85 refereed articles in international water and microbiology journals, reports and conference papers.

Communicating Water Science2

A course in Communicating Water Science and Technology – September/October 2016 dates TBA: 

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.


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