Call for Expressions of Interest
The International Course on River Basin Management is an intensive one week course to be held from 26th to 30th August 2013 at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. The course is which is being organized by Tsinghua University in China and the University of Melbourne is designed to give post graduate students insights into the diverse and complex world of river basin management.
The 2013 Course will:
* focus on the Murray Darling Basin in Australia, and the Yellow River Basin in China;
* draw on the challenging experiences in the Murray Darling Basin which has undergone the most radical transformation since the River Murray Waters Agreement was signed in 1914 , including the Water Act(2007), The Basin Plan, creation of environmental water holders , modernization of ageing irrigation systems while maintaining agricultural production under the stress of the most severe drought in recorded history;
* be cross disciplinary exploring issues of governance, public policy, environmental and climate science, water engineering, economics and the social consequences of the reforms
* be delivered by academics and experienced practitioners with deep understanding of the Murray Darling Basin including presenters from the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and the Murray Darling Basin Authority (partners in the Australia China Centre on River Basin Management);
* include a field trip to the Goulburn Valley to see at first hand the complexities involved in modernizing an irrigation system, including its irrigated farms; and
* provide an overview of the challenges facing the Yellow River Basin by Professor Zhongjing Wang, Vice Dean of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University
The International Course on River Basin Management is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Centre on River Basin management led by the University of Melbourne and is provided without charge to post graduate students of both these universities. A total of 15 postgraduate students from each university can participate. A competitive selection process is being used at both universities to select the participants.
An expression of interest involving a brief CV and a 350 word statement describing your reasons for applying should be submitted to Professor John Langford, Department of Infrastructure Engineering email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 12 July 2013.