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Australian Rivers Institute at Griffith University to host global water program

The Australian Rivers Institute (ARI) at Griffith University – a founding member of the International WaterCentre – will be the new international headquarters for an environmental program renowned for its expertise and innovation in water research, policy, security and sustainability.

The Global Water System Project (GWSP), currently based at the University of Bonn in Germany, is to relocate to Brisbane as the newly named Sustainable Water Future Program (SWFP) by the end of this year. It will operate at Griffith University as a program of Future Earth, a major international research platform providing knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to a sustainable world.

Mark Pascoe, CEO of the International WaterCentre, commends Griffith University for the initiative to bring this facility to Brisbane – the only Future Earth program to be hosted in Australia.

The SWFP will coordinate and support a broad research agenda to promote the adoption of science-based evidence into the implementation and monitoring of goals for sustainable development.

GWSP Executive Officer Dr Anik Bhaduri is moving from Bonn to Brisbane to head the SWFP and is looking forward to joining Griffith University and working with the ARI’s scientists.

“This is a good strategy aimed at achieving better outcomes,” says Dr Bhaduri. “The SWFP will build on the existing network of the GWSP which consists of more than 3,000 members of the water science and policy community. “GWSP has strong networks in Europe and North America and SWFP will extend the network in areas of Asia and Latin America where issues of water scarcity and quality are so crucial. The programs and research coming out of the Australian Rivers Institute are among the best in the world, so bringing the two groups together is a very positive move.”

ARI Director Professor Stuart Bunn says hosting the SWFP at Griffith acknowledges the high standard of ARI research and advances Queensland’s development as a globally significant innovation and research hub.

“The SWFP will bring considerable international recognition for Australia’s water science expertise, creating an exciting opportunity to build capacity through international collaborations, access to international funding, joint publications and students,” he said.

The launch of the SWFP was acknowledged at the International Riversymposium, held from 21-24 September 2015 in Brisbane.

For more information, visit Griffith University news.


Published 13 November 2015


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