[ASC-media] CSIRO Media Alert: CSIRO HOSTS INTERNATIONAL SAFE DRINKING WATER FORUM

Leane.Regan at csiro.au Leane.Regan at csiro.au
Thu Mar 27 15:28:01 EST 2003


Media Alert
  
27th March 2003 

CSIRO HOSTS INTERNATIONAL SAFE DRINKING WATER FORUM

Experts from six of the world's leading science and technology organisations will meet in Sydney this week to examine ways in which they can address one of the most critical issues facing the world, access to safe drinking water. 

The workshop takes place from 31st March to 4th April. Media are invited to attend the opening session of the Global Research Alliance's (GRA) Technology Fusion Workshop and to meet with workshop participants on Monday 31st March 2003. 

The GRA seeks to harness global knowledge to address international issues such as health, water and energy by facilitating international R & D cooperation.

Objective of the Technology Fusion Workshop on Water  
*	Examine how GRA member organisations can pool expertise and resources to develop scientific and technological solutions to problems related to safe drinking water for developing nations and remote communities. 

CSIRO's Role in Hosting the Technology Fusion Workshop on Water
*	CSIRO is able to make a significant contribution to the goal of increasing access to safe drinking water through our expertise in areas such as water catchment management, remediation of contaminated water supplies and the
socio-economic issues associated with water supply.

Speakers Featured in the Morning Programme: 
09:00 am - Opening by Geoff Garrett, Chief Executive, CSIRO Australia
09:15 am - Peter Kolsky, Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank (Video link)
09:45 am - Gaye Phillips, Executive Director, UNICEF Australia
10:45 am - Peter Versegi, ADG Corporate Policy, AusAID
11:15 am - Rafael Simon, Chief Operating Officer ZENON
11:45 am - Bruce Walker, Director, Centre for Appropriate Technology
12:15 pm - Colin Chartres (CSIRO), CGIAR Challenge Program Steering committee

MEDIA ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE OPENING SESSION OF THE GRA MEETING
		    When:  Monday, 31st March 2003 - commencing 09.00am
 		    Where: ANA Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Sydney

More information and media kit contact: Kelly Claudius, CSIRO 02 9490 8275,  
 0412 258 023 or Leane Regan, 02 6276 6513, 0419 236 519

For more information about the GRA visit: http://www.research-alliance.net/




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Leane Regan
Science Journalist
CSIRO Media Unit
Limestone Avenue
Canberra, ACT
Phone: 02 6276 6513
Fax:     02 6276 6821
Mobile: 0419 236 519
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