Inaugural Women in Water Symposium

Water for development will be one of the key themes discussed at next week’s inaugural Women in Water Symposium.

Other key themes include water in science for sustainable management, water monitoring and climate change.

The Symposium will be held at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) theatrette on International Women’s Day, next Thursday 8 March 2018.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) chief executive Jo Townsend said the symposium would showcase the diverse and impressive body of work being undertaken by some of the Territory’s very best scientists, who just happen to be women.

“Each of the women presenting or participating in this year’s symposium has a very unique and important story to tell with a large focus on the work they’re doing and wonderful contribution they’re making to the Northern Territory,” Ms Townsend said.

“This year’s theme #PressforProgress is particularly relevant to the Northern Territory as it highlights the huge strides women have made in the field of water, which was dominated by men not so long ago, with gender equity a key discussion point at the end of the day.

“Not only is water a vital commodity we all rely on to survive but it’s also important from an economic perspective, in the context of culture, development and tourism.

“We recognise the cultural value of water to the Territory’s Traditional Owners and that many of the water resources that we study are places of importance, specifically for women.

“From small beginnings, the interest and response has burgeoned with more than 100 registered delegates attending on the day.”

The Symposium will bring together water scientists working for various organisations including Geoscience Australia, Charles Darwin University, Bureau of Meteorology, Regional Development Australia (NT), CSIRO and the Northern Territory Government.

Information about the Women in Water Symposium is attached, including biographies, time and location details.

Last updated: 27 February 2018