Program and Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Mark Cuthbert
Senior Research Associate,
UCL Dept of Geography

Prof. Craig Simmons
Director,
NCGRT

Hugh Middlemis,
Principal,
HydroGeoLogic
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Panel Discussions

Australasian Stocktake

This panel discussion will address the current state of groundwater resources, future challenges such as competing uses (agriculture, mining and the environment), future development in groundwater resources (for instance Northern Australia) and development in the governance and policy domain.

Chair: Peter Hyde (MDBA). Panellists: Dr. Narelle Neumann (Geoscience Australia), Neil Power (DEWNR).

Climate Change and Groundwater Resource Challenge
This panel will discuss the current state of knowledge of climate groundwater interaction. The panellists will discuss the research gaps which prevents us from predicting the impact of climate change on groundwater resources.

Chair: Prof. Andy Baker (UNSW). Panellists: Jason Evans (UNSW), Dr. Olga Barron (CSIRO), Prof. Derek Eamus (UTS), Dr. Glen Walker.

Energy Futures
The energy and groundwater panel will discuss hot issues around how extracting energy from the earth can interact with groundwater flow and quality. Energy from coal and coal seam gas, uranium, and geothermal resources will be considered, along with sub-surface sequestration of carbon dioxide – all in the context of wise use of aquifers and the role of aquitards as barriers to flow.

Chair: Dr. Wendy Timms (UNSW). Panellists: Ryan Morris (Origin), Chris McCombe (Minerals Council of Australia).

Social License to Operate
The panel will discuss the challenges posed by the growing need to account for community acceptance of businesses and their impacts on groundwater. It will address the role of social licence, what it means, what it might require, how it can be responded to, and its interaction with other obligations, such as law.

Chair: Dr. Cameron Holley (UNSW). Panellists: Jim McDonald

Future Directions and Innovations in Groundwater
Panel blurb coming.

Chair: Steven Cork (EcoInsights). Panellists: TBA

Modelling Outlook
Panel blurb coming.

Chair: Hugh Middlemis (HydroGeoLogic). Panellists: TBA

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