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Thursday, 25 September, 2008
Two high-ranking Asian delegations recently visited Australia for six weeks each as part of ICE WaRM’s international study tours programme.
In total, there were 45 staff members from the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, Can Tho University, the Vietnam Water Resources University, the Mekong River Commission Secretariat, with representatives from the National Mekong River Committees from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Laos plus representatives from the Thai and Laotian National Mekong River Committees.
Friday, 19 September, 2008
Two new Project Coordinators have joined the ICE WaRM team and will be involved in the new Water Planning degree programme, the Living Laboratories seminars and workshops and the Visitors and Exchange scheme.
Thursday, 31 July, 2008
Recently-unveiled national policies on the Murray-Darling and climate change have underlined the importance of the sector we work in. Australia’s water resources have never been a higher priority – and ICE WaRM is working on the introduction of imaginative initiatives to address the pressing challenges facing our society.
Education and training are vital elements in addressing critical water management issues – and ICE WaRM, in collaboration with our university partners and other major stakeholders, is significantly increasing the flow of opportunities for students and professionals to expand their skills.
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008
More than 40 professionals took part in a special ICE WaRM workshop on the Mathematics of Water Supplies and Pricing at Surfers Paradise in Queensland in mid-July.
ICE WaRM teamed with our companion ICE in Mathematics Education, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute and the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence for Mathematics and Statistics of Complex Systems to deliver the workshop.
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008
ICE WaRM has been awarded an Australian Government grant to upgrade its flagship post-graduate Water Resources Management Programme.
The grant, from the Australian Government Department of Climate Change’s Climate Change Adaptation Skills for Professionals Programme, allows ICE WaRM to increase the emphasis on sustainability and include the recognition, mitigation and management of climate change in the existing Master degree in Water Resources Management and the shorter Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma.
Saturday, 26 July, 2008
ICE WaRM will offer scholarships for the new Water Planning degree programme being developed with funding from the National Water Commission.
A fund of $200,000 has been established for the provision of scholarships which will be available to students across Australia.
Conditions of the scholarships will be announced in spring 2008, ready for the introduction of the new programme next year.
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008
There has been a big response to the first of ICE WaRM’s new Australian Water Industry Essentials programme.
The initial programme, run in conjunction with the Australian Water Association, was staged in Sydney in early July for 25 industry professionals from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the ACT
Friday, 18 July, 2008
In July, ICE WaRM hosted a seminar by Tsair-Fuh Lin from the Department of Environmental Engineering at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan. Professor Lin’s 4 week visit to Australia, hosted by the Australian Water Quality Centre, was funded by ICE WaRMs Visits and Exchanges Programme.
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008
The latest ICE WaRM Living Laboratory seminar at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide set the spotlight on Technological Innovation in Wetland Management.
The workshop explored new approaches which can halt the decline in wetlands, floodplains and other river systems – many of them suffering serious and rapid degradation because of reduced water flows and longer periods between inundation.
Monday, 14 July, 2008
ICE WaRM is carrying out an extensive study of one of the major issues facing Australia’s water industry – the growing skills shortage.
The skills shortage, which developed over the last two decades, has become even more urgent with the coincidence of the drought and climate change.