Last week, the NCEDA held a final review of its research project program as its seven-year, $20 million government funding program comes to a close. During the one-day event held in Sydney, presentations summarising the research conducted at each of the 14 Participating Organisations were given.
The event opened with a video presentation by Professor David Furukawa, the Centre’s inaugural Chief Scientific Officer who sent his message to delegates from his home in San Diego, USA. The days program was moderated by the Chair of the Board, Keith Cadee and the event concluded with a presentation from Professor Don Bursill that outlined a proposal to the government to provide 10 years of funding for a new Future Water Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
Neil Palmer, the Centre’s CEO, heaped praise on his Centre colleagues, and said that it had been a privilege to work with such a forward-thinking board and such competent research and commercialisation committees.
He also provided a synopsis of the organisation’s accomplishments, noting, “The NCEDA developed a research roadmap that has guided Australian desalination research for seven years and built a $5 million pilot-scale test facility to support that research at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Fifty research projects were funded – these were spread amongst the 14 Australian Participating Organisations and involved 400 Australian and international researchers. The Centre also collaborated with 30 international organisations and launched a top class operator training course that is on-going.
“However, NCEDA’s most important legacy may be that it provided 42 bright young students with top-up scholarships to study desalination-related topics, and reached out to 4,000 secondary school students to teach them about the importance of water and introduce them to desalination.”
The NCEDA would like to thank everyone who attended the event, especially the researchers or their representatives who gave presentations.