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  • INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND INNOVATION 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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  • ISI Annual Report 2015 Page 1

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS .................................................................................................................................................................................... 1 DIRECTOR’S REPORT .................................................................................................................................................................................... 2 ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE ....................................................................................................................................................................... 3 INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD ......................................................................................................................................................................... 4 ISI TEAM .................................................................................................................................................................................................... 5 ISI ASSOCIATES/AFFILIATES .......................................................................................................................................................................... 6 HIGHER EDUCATION BY RESEARCH STUDENTS ................................................................................................................................................. 7 KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS .................................................................................................................................................................... 8 2015 BUDGET – PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT .............................................................................................................................................. 9 2015 ACTIVE GRANTS – ISI EXTERNAL INCOME RECEIVED ............................................................................................................................... 10 ACTIVE PROJECTS (FUNDING NOT RECEIVED IN 2015) .................................................................................................................................... 15 WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED .......................................................................................................................................................................... 21 INVITED VISITS AND PRESENTATIONS ........................................................................................................................................................... 22 VISITORS TO THE INSTITUTE ........................................................................................................................................................................ 23 CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE ....................................................................................................................................................... 25 SEMINARS ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 29 PUBLICATIONS ........................................................................................................................................................................................... 30

  • ISI Annual Report 2015 Page 2

    DIRECTOR’S REPORT

    2015 was the ninth year of operation for the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI), and over this time ISI has established a national and international research profile. ISI has been a key participant in Water Research Australia, the National Centre of Excellence for Desalination Australia (NCEDA) and the Australian Water Recycling Centre of Excellence (AWRCoE), and Prof Mikel Duke became a member of the ARC College of Experts. Internationally, during 2015 ISI staff were invited to present 8 plenary and keynote presentations at international conferences, held 2 Editorial positions and 4 editorial positions on international journals, received three international visitors

    on Endeavour Award Fellowships (India, Malaysia, Bangladesh) and signed MOUs with the Chinese Academy of Sciences- Foshan Institute (China), Guangdong Zhong-ao High and New Technology Service Centre Co. Ltd. (China), and Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad (India). These new MOUs, along with our existing MOU with Kobe University, Japan, and a joint research proposal with Tianjin Polytechnic University, underline the significant profile that ISI has developed in Asia. Furthermore, in 2015 ISI also took its first steps in to South America, when I joined the Victoria Education mission to Chile, Brazil and Columbia. We hope to build on this initial venture into South America during 2016. ISI is also embarking on commercialisation of outcomes from a number of research projects, to achieve tangible outcomes for industry and the community. These commercialisation programs are from our research on membrane distillation, reverse osmosis membrane integrity monitoring and development of a sensor for blue-green algae detection. Additionally, our objective to deliver outcomes for Australian businesses is also supported through our collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Foshan Institute, which is directed towards taking Australian water technologies to China for application in treating industrial wastewater. A number of Australian businesses were introduced to our Chinese collaborators, and three businesses visited Foshan with us to meet Chinese industries in need of wastewater treatment solutions. We hope to build on these initial meetings during 2016. ISI has maintained its high level of research activity and performance through the support of the University, our Industry Advisory Board and our Management Committee, along by the efforts of our staff, associates, students, adjuncts and colleagues.

    Professor Stephen Gray Director Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)

    Our

    Vision To be a centre of excellence in research, environment and innovative technologies, sustainable development and management of resources

    Mission To undertake research that promotes and enables sustainable outcomes for the community, and develops and supports industries based on environmental and innovative technologies

    Capability The Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI) is a national leader and internationally renowned in applied water research. It aims to undertake strategic, translational research that impacts industry and the community, and to grow local water businesses. It has an industry advisory board consisting of water authorities, state government, industry and national research organisations

  • ISI Annual Report 2015 Page 3

    ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE

    MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

    Professor Stephen Gray

    Professor Warren Payne

    Professor Chris Perera

    Professor Gregory Blatch

    Associate Professor Alan Hayes

    Professor Adrian Fisher

    Professor Roger Jones

    Professor Mikel Duke

    INSTITUTE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD

    INSTITUTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

    ADVANCED FOOD SYSTEMS

    SMART AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

    ENGINEERED PACKAGING & DISTRIBUTION

    INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD

    SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

    COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING AND

    SCIENCE

    WATER

    DIRECTOR

    DEPUTY DIRECTOR PROFESSOR

    PRINCIPAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST

    SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

    RESEARCH TEAM RESEARCH TEAM

    DIRECTOR

    INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD

  • ISI Annual Report 2015 Page 4

    INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD Dr Graeme Allinson Associate Professor in Environmental Chemistry RMIT Ann Allworth Senior Policy Analyst, Water & Catchments Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Andrew Barton Manager, Water Resources Grampians Wimmera Malle Water (GWMWater) Chris Braddock Integrated Water Engineer Metropolitan Planning Authority Dr Will Buchanan Manager Infrastructure Systems Barwon Water Stewart Burn Formerly CSIRO Emma Carden Acting Manager, Water Department of Health and Human Services Rodney Dedman Manager Department of Health and Human Services Dr Dharma Dharmabalan General Manager, Works Delivery TasWater

    Gerard Dooley Manager, Treatment Central Highlands Water Philip Fasham Manager, Water Quality Regulations & Verificiation Coliban Water Li Gao Research Strategist South East Water Antony Gibson General Manager Watercare IXOM Dr David Halliwell Director, Centre for Regional and Rural Futures Deakin University Sara Harbidge Director, Strategy and Support, Urban Water Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning Pam Kerry Product Futures and Research Manager South East Water Thomas Kuen Manager, Asset Management Research Strategic Plan Melbourne Water Dr Michel Lefebvre Steripak Pty Ltd

    Audra Liubinas Acting Manager, Business Resource Efficiency City West Water Peter Mckinnon Manager, Environment and Sustainability Wyndham City Council Eddy Ostarcevic Business Development Manager Integrated Elements Dr Paul Pretto Chief Executive Officer Water Research Australia (WaterRA

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