Partner Events

WaterRA has a BIG team of members and trusted partners. We are pleased to promote all industry events undertaken by our membership for the benefit of the water sector.

Host Organisation: Sydney Water
Date: 25 November 2022
Location: Parramatta Square and online
Time: Full-day event – exhibition opens at 8:30am

Urban Plunge Tech Summit

Sydney Water’s Urban Plunge™ will accelerate the delivery of more swimming and aquatic recreation opportunities in waterways across Greater Sydney.

The Urban Plunge Tech Summit is an industry-based event showcasing techniques and innovations that make urban swimming possible. The Tech Summit is a highlight of the Sydney Water Innovation Festival 2022 program.

The event will bring together individuals, institutions and businesses from across Sydney and the globe to share insights about how we can make urban aquatic amenity easier, cheaper and safer to deliver.

Keynote Speakers:
• Professor Stuart Khan, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNSW
• Chris Romer-Lee, Co-founder & Director at Studio Octopi, United Kingdom
• Craig Roberts, General Manager of Royal Life Saving Australia

Host Organisation: Sydney Water
Date: Friday 25 November – Tuesday 29 November

Urban Plunge Tech Summit & SWIF22 Opening Ceremony
Location: Parramatta Square Business Chambers
Date: Friday 25 November 2022
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Sydney Water Innovation Festival 2022 (Live)
Location: Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour
Date: Monday 28 November 2022 – Tuesday 29 November 2022
Time: 8:00am – 5:30pm

Sydney Water Innovation Festival 2022

The Sydney Water Innovation Festival 2022 (#SWIF22) creates a safe and inclusive space for industry, government, academia, local communities and global stakeholders to inspire, connect, collaborate and innovate to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the water industry and broader society.

Spread across 5 action-packed days from 25 to 29 November 2022, SWIF22’s key focus will be on reconnecting people with urban waterways with the opening of swim sites as part of our Summer of Swimming in conjunction with the Urban Plunge initiative.

The Innovation Hub at the Australian National Maritime Museum will host thought leadership keynote addresses from powerhouses like Todd Sampson, Naomi Simson and Stan Grant as well as panel discussions around purified recycled water, planning a circular economy and innovation in the water sector. There will also be six Tech Tanks, which aim to fast-track the development of new and innovative ways to solve some of our greatest challenges across some the core themes for this year’s event:

1. Water security, Resilience and Environmental Performance
2. Liveability and Sustainability
3. Smart Cities
4. Circular Economy
5. Customer Experience; and
6. Diversity and Inclusion

There will be a showcase of emerging innovations and technologies and some of our innovation success stories in the water industry, as well as the outcomes of the Design Sprints and Data Hackathon.

The ‘Great Debate with the UK’ will be back, along with entertainment, networking and engagement opportunities. SWIF22 will also host a special cultural immersion activity to celebrate First Nations peoples.

Host Organisation: IWA Australia & WaterRA
Date: 4-9 June 2023
Location: Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Australia


WaterMicro23 will explore the very latest research and practice including lessons from wastewater surveillance to best practice water and sanitation safety planning and implementation.

Building on the theme of One Health in in Vienna, in 2019, the International Water Association’s 21st Symposium on Health-related Water Microbiology, will be held in Australia at the waterfront Darwin Convention Centre from 4-9 June 2023.

With a focal theme of “Water Safety for All — reflections and emerging concerns”, WaterMicro23 will run as a single-session Symposium program and will welcome 200 delegates from all around the world.



Host Organisation: WaterRA
Date: 26-27 September 2023
Location: Melbourne, Australia

8th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop

Save the date for the 8th Australian and New Zealand Cyanobacteria Workshop in-person in 2023.

Our cyanobacteria workshops have become an integral event on the global water calendar. Held every second year, the 2023 workshop will a two-day in-person event showcasing new research advancements and providing a forum for water supply managers, health officials, ecologists, modellers, toxicologists and research experts in cyanobacterial identification and management to meet and discuss all things cyanobacteria.

2023 Organising Committee

  • Nick Crosbie | Melbourne Water (Chair)
  • Suzie Sarkis | Vic Health
  • Heather Lacey | WaterNSW
  • Arash Zamyadi | WaterRA & The University of Melbourne
  • Vincent Bianchini WaterRA
  • Lind Blackall | The university of Melbourne
  • Anusuya Willis | CSIRO
  • Susie Wood | Cawthron Institute
  • Michele Burford | Griffith University
  • Rita Henderson | UNSW
  • Anas Ghadouani | University of Western Australia


Disclaimer: All events shown on this page are posted by external organisations and are not WaterRA events. All enquiries must be directed to the Host Organisation.  WaterRA does not take any responsibility for any errors, omissions and changes to the program or content of these events.