Meet the Team – the QWMN Capability, Collaboration and Capacity Program
About 2 years ago, the QWMN created an applied doctoral program, the Innovation Program, to play a role in strengthening the integration of water modelling research with the needs of industry and government. 5 Innovation Associates - strongly industry driven research students - have started the Program in collaboration with partners including City of Gold Coast, SEQwater, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Institute of Marine Science and Queensland Hydrology. We are now looking to expand the Program to help grow the careers of applied water modelling research students in Queensland, and to develop momentum towards a greater funding of and benefit from applied doctoral research by industry and government. Watch out for our Showcase event on 28th July to get involved (details below).
The original aims of the Innovation Program were to:
With a modest but significant investment the Innovation Program recruited 5 Innovation Associates (Laura Bellis, Chao deng, Cherie Sullivan, Chinenye Ani and Filipe Pinhati) who are now well into their respective programs of applied research. You can read more about them and their work here.
Now we are looking ahead. Beyond the current set of Associates. How can we expand the Program, nurture future water modelling leaders and grow both the water modelling and use workforce here in Queensland and the potential for innovation which can arise from applied research?
First of all, under the Co-ordination of Dr Barbara Robson of AIMS we are going to expand the Program by including a more extensive career development function.
More explicitly we are inviting higher degree by research students who are working on any applied water modelling topic to join the Program. To be eligible, applicants should:
Those students joining the Program will benefit from:
Academic advisors of HDRs who join will benefit from:
The Program will not provide funding support for HDR projects in this round, but does invite potential industry partners (e.g., state, federal or local government agencies, private sector consulting groups, regional NRM groups, water corporations, sewerage companies and research organisations) to get in touch to discuss opportunities to get involved.
To learn more we invite you to contact us or, even better, to participate actively at the upcoming event on July 28th – ‘Solving industry problems through water modelling research’ – that will be started by the Queensland Chief Scientist, Prof Hugh Possingham.