Two UNSW PhD students, Eytan Rocheta (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Zenah Bradford-Hartke (Chemical Engineering) were selected to attend the third annual G08-C9 HDR Forum 2012 entitled “Water, Water Management and Global Sustainable Futures; graduate perspectives from Australia and China.” The forum, held from the 8th – 12th October at the University of Queensland’s Business School Executive Education, brought together exemplary students from the G08 and C9 Universities.

Current research within the water-related themes of social impact, climate change, planning, environmental management, technologies, and wastewater, were discussed by Australian and Chinese postgraduate students. The forum encouraged cross-disciplinary dialogue on ‘wicked’ water challenges, emphasising understanding of differing cultural, social, and economic perspectives.

Complimenting student presentations and keynote lectures were a leadership program and the opportunity to attend the Trans-Tasman 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) final. An inclusive social program completed the forum and highlighted Australian culture, through visits to the Mt Cootha Lookout, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary as well as a traditional Australian BBQ.

Eytan presented research into identifying and improving low-frequency rainfall variability in climate models through bias correction. Zenah discussed research on the feasibility and environmental consequences of recovering phosphorus from wastewater in Australia. Dr Rita Henderson, senior research associate with the Water Research Centre, presented a keynote lecture on future water challenges facing Australia.