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Conference calls for local water experts

Posted on 11 March 2009

An international organisation dealing with water issues is calling for researchers to make submissions on water issues with a New Zealand flavour.

The 17th Congress of the Asia Pacific Division of the International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research will be held in Auckland next year

The theme for the conference is ‘Go with the flow? Changing perceptions in balancing environmental and economic needs’

“We have over 300 submissions from international water experts in 40 countries, including the United States, Chile, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, Italy, Japan, Korea, China, Brazil, Singapore, and India”, says Dr Gregory De Costa, co-chairman of the local organising committee and an Associate Professor in Civil Engineering at the Open Polytechnic.

“We have extended the submission date for abstracts with a New Zealand focus until the end of March as we would like to give conference delegates a comprehensive picture on water issues within this country.”

“While New Zealand doesn’t currently face the same pressures on its water supply as some nations, we don’t know what the future holds and it would be insightful to hear a range of viewpoints from water experts from around New Zealand”, says Dr De Costa.

The international conference is being co-hosted by the Open Polytechnic and the University of Auckland, and will be held at the University from 21-24 February 2010.

It is the first time the conference has been held in New Zealand, and will also incorporate the 7th International Urban Watershed Management Conference.


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