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PRESENTERS

Paul Lant  |  Steven Pratt  |  Greg Leslie  |  David Fligelman  |  Daniel Deere  |  David Cook
Damien Batstone  |  Pierre Le-Clech  |  Matthew Brannock  |  Darren Szczepanski  |  Janet Petersen  |  John Ashworth
Jason West  |  Arran Canning  |  Stuart Khan  |  Susan Petterson  |  Daryl Stevens  | 

Paul Lant


Paul Lant is a Professor in the School of Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland. He has an international reputation for his research in the field of wastewater treatment. His formal qualifications include a MEng and PhD from Newcastle University (UK) and an MBA from The University of Queensland.

He was a co-founder of the Advanced Water Management Centre, the leading water and wastewater R&D group in Australia. Paul is also establishing a reputation as a leading chemical engineering educator, receiving awards for undergraduate teaching and postgraduate supervision innovations. He was a member of teams winning national teaching awards for both undergraduate and postgraduate education in 2005 and 2006.

Paul has successfully started up a number of commercial ventures.  He is the Founder and a Director of Wastewater Futures Pty Ltd, a wastewater technology company which specialises in wastewater treatment solutions for industrial applications.


Steven Pratt


Steven is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at The University of Queensland.  He is a chemical engineer with a PhD in wastewater engineering, and has expertise in industrial wastewater treatment and environmental biotechnology.   Prior to working at UQ, Steven worked as a Lecturer in Environmental Engineering at Massey University, New Zealand, where he consulted to local government and the dairy industry on sustainable wastewater treatment, focusing on passive wastewater treatment systems and energy recovery from domestic and agricultural wastes. 

 

Steven is driving a variety of exciting research projects, including producing algal biodiesel and biodegradable polymers from industrial effluents.  He is a co-developer of the TOGA Sensor, an innovative high-tech instrument which enables greater insight into biological processes, such as advanced wastewater treatment systems.   Technology New Zealand, Massey University and Scion (NZ) have partnered to commercialise the TOGA Sensor.

Greg Leslie



Greg Leslie is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the deputy director of the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. Prior to joining UNSW, he worked in the public and private sector on water treatment,   reuse and desalination projects in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States.    
Greg’s experience includes work on the Singapore NEWater recycling projects at Bedok, Kranji and Seletar and at the Orange County Water District (OCWD) in California as the deputy program manager for the Groundwater Water Replenishment System; the largest indirect potable reuse project in the United States.

Greg has served on the Water Advisory Committee for the Prime Ministers Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC – 2007) , the National Health and Medical Research Council Sub-committee on water issues (2007-2009), the World Health Organisation Technical Committee preparing guidelines for desalination (2006-2007), and currently serves on the Independent Advisory Panel for the Orange County Groundwater Replenishment Project (2008-present).

David Fligelman


David is a chemical engineer specialising in the planning, design and optimisation of wastewater and recycled water treatment plants.  He has delivered process designs and technical leadership for Australian biological nutrient removal (BNR) systems with a combined treatment capacity of approximately 1,500,000 EP.

Recent projects include the BNR plants at Cooroy, Murrumba Downs, Merrimac, Oxley Creek, and South Lismore.  With extensive experience in both design and operation of BNR plants, David now runs his own process engineering consultancy, Tyr Group.

From 2000-2006, David was the Senior Process Engineer with MWH in Qld, where he was the Lead Process Engineer or Project Manager on over 20 wastewater treatment projects. Prior to this, David was the Process Engineer for Yarra Valley Waters 10 wastewater treatment plants and two odour control facilities. Outside of BNR, David's papers on advanced biosolids treatment, pathogen removal for water recycling, and carbon accounting reflect his passion for wastewater's value as a resource.

Daniel Deere


Dan Deere is a water quality scientist with Water Futures Pty Ltd, specialising in quantitative and water cycle risk assessment and risk management planning. He has worked in scientific roles in the UK, Sydney and Melbourne as an academic research fellow and consultant, specialising in microbial water quality monitoring and process validation. More recently, he has worked in technical management roles in water utilities in Melbourne (South East Water) and Sydney (Sydney Catchment Authority) and was the part-time CRC for Water Quality and Treatment Catchments Research Program Leader for 7 years.

Dan has provided training in the ADWG Framework, Water Safety Plans (WHO), the Australian Guidelines for Water Recycling Framework and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) across Australia, Asia and in Europe. He holds Lead Auditor status and is an Auditor Skill Examiner under the RABQSA Drinking Water Quality Management System (DWQMS) certification scheme. He is a Principal Auditor for Water Supply Systems under the RABQSA Food Safety Management Systems (HACCP) scheme and holds current RABQSA competencies in implementing Food Safety Management (HACCP) systems, Quality System Auditing, Leading Audit Teams and DWQMS.

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David Cook


David Cook is a Senior Scientist, Water Treatment and Distribution Research, Australian Water Quality Centre, SA Water Corporation.

David has been investigating water quality issues associated with drinking water treatment processes and distribution systems since 1997.

Through the participation and management of laboratory and pilot scale projects, David has gained experience in the following areas:
  • Natural organic matter removal
  • Optimisation of disinfection strategies (chlorination, chloramination and ozonation)
  • Impact of source water quality on water treatment plant process performance and distribution system water quality management
  • Removal of algal metabolites with powdered activated carbon
  • Membrane process, particularly nanofiltration and reverse osmosis

David regularly provides advice to SA Water and other water utilities regarding drinking water treatment and has presented outcomes of research at national and international conferences and in scientific journals.

Pierre Le-Clech is an Associate Professor at the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of New South Wales. He has been studying membrane processes since 1999, with emphasis on fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs).

Pierre recently led a team of researchers focusing on the development of guidelines for the validation of MBR for water recycling through the NatVal project funded by the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCoE). This work involved intensive sampling of multiple MBR sites and the use of advanced characterization techniques. An important outcome were default performance credits that have been recognized by several state health departments and will be incorporated in national guideline documentation to be finalised by AWRCoE in mid 2017.

Matthew Brannock


Matthew Brannock CEng, CSci, MIChemE, RPEQ

Dr Matthew Brannock has a wealth of experience in water and wastewater plant design and brine characterisation. He is a very capable modeller with extensive experience using chemical speciation and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models for process simulation both for academic and process design applications. Matthew holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering from The University of Queensland.  His research saw him develop CFD tools for the design of wastewater treatment and membrane systems.  He has published more than 20 papers in respected journals such as Water Research, Desalination and the Journal of Membrane Science.  Following his academic career, Matthew has spent 10 years in the consulting engineering industry specialising in process design of water and brine treatment systems. 

Darren Szczepanski


 Darren Szczepanski CEng, MIChemE, MIEAust

Darren has many years of project experience in the field of membrane, resin, electrolytic and thermal technologies within the water, wine and dairy industries.  His process design experience includes installations in coal seam gas water, acid mine drainage, seawater, potable drinking water, industrial and municipal tertiary effluent, pharmaceutical, brewery waste, NBC contaminated waste and cooling tower blowdown applications. He has worked on the characterisation of water and brine, developed detailed design and functional specifications, and led the evaluation of complex competing process designs from major thermal technology vendors.  Darren holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from The University of Queensland.

Janet Petersen



Janet Petersen is the President of the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Janet is highly experienced in air quality management, including research and monitoring, policy and strategy development.

She has lead air quality work for nearly twenty years in a range of organisations such as science, industry, consulting and local government. Janet convened the National Air Quality Working Group (NAQWG) for four years and has participated in a range of national steering and technical groups for projects such the National Environmental Indicators Programme, the NAQWG Research Strategy, HAPINZ and transport emissions research.

John Ashworth


John is a civil engineer with almost 40 years specialisation in water and sanitation across the globe.  He developed a passion for waste stabilisation ponds in the 1970s whilst on a construction project in the Saudi desert.  This has extended to a large number of projects involving pond design, construction and trouble-shooting in a variety of places including Auckland, Colombia, Jamaica and Australia's Northern Territory.  Recently, John has advised on many pond projects across Australia.  This included the development of the Pond Design Manual for the NT PWC, with Professor Duncan Mara (UK), the worlds leading pond expert.  The manual reflects the problems and benefits of the Australian climate, and provides pond designs for the 21st century.  In addition to his vast array of work on waste stabilisation ponds, John has spent a lot of his career working in developing countries, working on water, sewage, hygiene and emergency programmes.  He was recently the project manager for the Rural Hygiene and Sanitation Project in Kyrgyzstan, seconded to the UNHCR in Pakistan to develop camps for Afghan refugees, and seconded to UNICEF on hygiene promotion for the South Asia earthquake.

Jason West



Jason is the Manager Water Design and Standards, Water Expertise Business Unit, South Australian Water Corporation.

Jason is a chemical engineer from the University of New South Wales and has worked within the water industry for over twenty-seven years. Most of his experience has been attained within the industrial water sector particularly mining, metals manufacturing and power industry. For the past 11 years Jason has been working at SA Water primarily providing technical support to SA Water’s capital planning, operations and engineering groups the field of water treatment and water quality.

Jason’s areas of expertise include conventional water treatment, desalination, membrane filtration and water quality risk management. He now manages a team of nine process and operational support engineers and scientists that provide technical advice to the business so that it can continue to deliver safe and affordable water to over 1.6 million South Australians.

Arran Canning


Arran is the Water Quality Product Manager for Seqwater, responsible for the overall drinking water quality management for the organisation which includes 47 water treatment plants.  A part of this role includes the implementation of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2004) for the whole system in the context of the Water Supply (Safethy and Reliability) Act 2008 (Qld).  He has extensive experience in the practical implementation of risk management frameworks in South East Queensland. Previously, Arran worked for Gold Coast Water as the Coordinator of Product Quality, where he was responsible for the risk management systems, including HACCP, for a catchment to tap water supply, recycled water systems, wastewater systems and trade waste management.

Stuart Khan


Stuart Khan is an Associate Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales. He leads the UNSW Water Research Centre research on trace organic contaminants in water. His research has been focused the presence and fate of trace chemical contaminants in wastewater and recycled water systems.
Stuart is also a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee appointed by the National Health and Medical Research Council to advise on issues including chemical contaminants in water. Stuart is an experienced university teacher and presenter, and he has taught IWES courses since 2008.

Susan Petterson


Associate Professor Susan Petterson is the Director of Water and Health Pty Ltd and is an international expert in water-related microbial risk assessment.  She has been involved with the World Health Organization working group for harmonisation of microbial risk assessment since 2009, and is the lead author of their QMRA guidance document launched in July this year.

Susan serves as an editor for the IWA Journal of Water and Health, and the Global Water Pathogens Project (www.waterpathogens.org) and is an academic title holder in the School of Medicine at Griffith University. She is also a member of the Water Quality Advisory Committee appointed by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Daryl Stevens


Daryl is one of Australia’s leading experts in the use of recycled water in amenity and production horticulture. He is a Principal Scientist with Arris Pty Ltd, and he provides project coordination and scientific services for the Environmental Risk Component of the National Guidelines on Water Recycling, and is the National Coordinator for Recycled Water Development in Horticulture.  He was also an advisor to the World Health Organisation.

His research has won several industry and university awards for excellence, and his expertise in the area of recycled water is recognized nationally and internationally.  His research work with the University of Adelaide and CSIRO Land and Water has specialised in environmental toxicology and beneficial use of solid and liquid wastes, with a major focus on water recycling in horticulture. 

During his research career, Daryl has contributed significantly to more than 100 scientific papers, conference proceedings, technical reports and books.  Recently he has been the Senior Editor/author for a book published by CSIRO publishing on ‘Growing crops with reclaimed water’ in Australia.