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Expressions of Interest for Conference Technical Committee


20 Jan 2021

Call for Expressions of Interest in becoming a member of the Water New Zealand Conference Technical Committee. 

The Water New Zealand Annual Conference and Expo occurs annually in Spring and an important component of the conference is the technical programme. The technical programme is assembled by a group of volunteers who form the conference technical committee. The conference technical committee also assess the abstracts submitted, mark the written papers, poster papers and presentations.

Water New Zealand is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to sit on the Conference Technical Committee for a period of two years from March 2021, so that the Technical Committee has the right expertise to be able to cover breadth of topics which are likely to be covered by the technical programme.

The tasks performed by Technical Committee members are as follows:

  • Marking of Abstracts – Each person marks up to 20 abstracts against set criteria
  • Marking of Written Papers – Each person marks up to 10 papers against set criteria
  • Attending the conference and marking the presentations. Each person marks about 8 presentations against set criteria.
  • Attending the conference and marking the poster papers. Each person marks the posters and there are between 6 and 12 poster papers.

We are looking for individuals with knowledge, experience and interest in the following areas

  • Te mana o te wai
  • Workforce - health & safety, capability & training
  • Procurement and project delivery
  • Smart water – digital and data
  • Science
  • Climate change – adaptation and mitigation
  • Drinking water quality and source water management
  • Asset management
  • Water Industry Operations
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Environmental Impacts of Water Industry Operations
  • Pipelines – New and Renew
  • Sustainability
  • Biosolids
  • Three waters reform

We are looking for a maximum of 15 individuals to join the Technical Committee, of which at least 5 will be young water professionals (35 years or younger on the closing date) ( see below).

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer Technical Committee member please indicate in which areas you have knowledge, experience and interest and biographical details (100 words maximum) to Gillian.Blythe@waternz.org.nz by the 12th February 2021 on the form accompanying this Call for Expressions of Interest.  If you are a young water professional please state this on the form.

By expressing an interest you are confirming that you are able to commit to fulfilling the tasks required of Technical Committee members, including attending the annual conference. This is a volunteer role and payment will not be made for the input nor conference registration.

Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by the 26th February 2021.

Application Form