Research Leadership Program

Research is a cornerstone of effective decision-making. For the water sector to be prepared to address risks and seize opportunities, organisations need water professionals with curious minds who champion research, ask challenging questions, seek evidence-based answers, and drive solutions through innovation.

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Current Students

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Become a Research Champion

Our Research Leadership Program caters to water professionals at all stages of their career from students undertaking research degrees to seasoned (early/mid/senior-career) professionals in academia and the water sector.

Our RLP delivers industry-focused training courses, mentoring, and professional development support opportunities such as scholarships, awards and networking packages that nurture curiosity, increase research skills and knowledge, build capability, maximise research value, and instil confidence to be a career-long research champion and leader within the water sector.


For individuals

New and extended technical-skills and knowledge

Enhanced soft skills to succeed in the workplace

Improved ability to communicate and translate research outcomes into organisational strategy and operations

Increased critical thinking

Confidence in leadership and asking challenging questions

For organisations

Empowered staff who lead at all levels

Optimised and innovative business solutions through evidence-based research

Highly-skilled, resilient and challenge-ready workforce

Increased staff engagement and retention

Diverse culture of thinking to drive new solutions

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Recently Completed Projects

The Collaboration on Sewage Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 (ColoSSoS) project combined the expertise of more than 50 Australian organisations in R&D activities that have enabled health departments across the country to integrate quantitative measurements of SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in sewage with human clinical PCR test data for COVID-19…

More Information

Carolyn Bellamy | Research Capability Manager |  [email protected]