Industry and Academic Exchange Program
In 2012-13 the Centre launched an Industry and Academic Exchange Program to stimulate collaborative research between the water recycling industry and academia, as well as develop skills and foster knowledge transfer. The Industry and Academic Exchange Program (Centre Fellowships) were funded under the Centre’s Goal 4 and to help address the national knowledge needs and education components of this goal.
Centre Fellowships allowed water industry professionals to spend time embedded in Australia’s academic framework, or for researchers to spend time embedded within industry (Centre Fellows). Fellowships typically lasted up to six months were used to undertake a full research project, pilot or feasibility study, technical exchange or study of best practice methodologies. Projects could have been a proof-of-concept idea or allow the required industry-research collaboration to overcome an existing challenging issue within a broader project.
The Centre expressed a specific interest in proposals that enhanced research linkages between organisations to form strong and lasting industry-academic partnerships, to assist broaden the current network of research and development relevant to Australia’s interests in water recycling. The proposed activity also offered significant value to the Centre Fellow, including gaining new skills or knowledge, as well as having strategic relevance and value for each partner organisation. Fellowship applications had to show relevance to the Centre’s Strategic Plan and Strategic Research Plan.
In December 2012, the program was promoted nationally at information sessions, in industry and academic publications, newsletters and media, and the Centre committed $250 000 towards a set of successful proposals, with up to $80 000 available per Fellowship.
After Research Advisory Committee review and recommendation to the Centre Board, three Centre Fellows were selected to start their fellowships in 2013-14:
Dr Mariam Darestani, INPHASE
Fellowship hosted by The University of Technology Sydney
Project: Characterising the performance and fouling of hollow fibre membranes
Read about Mariam's findings: Electrical sensors monitor fouling in membranes
Professor Karl Linden, University of Colorado at Boulder
Fellowship hosted by RMIT University and Melbourne Water
Project: Particles, pathogens and micropollutants
View the video of his public lecture 'Rethinking disinfection in drinking water systems', hosted by AWA and RMIT in Melbourne on 19 February 2014.
Karl Linden wins 2014 WateReuse Person of the Year
Dr Michael Short, University of South Australia
Fellowship hosted by SA Water
Project: Integrating energy, public health and sustainability/greenhouse considerations into benchmarking reuse system performance
The final report of this project—An integrated approach for performance benchmarking of water recycling operations— is available from the Research Publications section of this website.
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