Due to COVID-19, Australia’s largest water industry conference, Ozwater, will look a little different this year. While things can’t go ahead in Adelaide as originally planned, the show will go on, with Ozwater’20 Online providing the same high-quality content the event is known for.
With the theme of ‘Thirst for Action’, Ozwater’20 Online will shine a spotlight on the big issues of water security, water resilience, sustainability, climate change and the circular economy.
Here’s what to expect.
Rather than presentations packed into three days in May, Ozwater’20 Online will see an entire program of content delivered over four weeks in June to registered delegates. Think webinars, podcasts and live-streamed sessions you can enjoy from the comfort of your home or office.
If you’ve attended Ozwater before you’ll find some elements of the program familiar, including themed streams, keynote presentations to start the day and opportunities to have your questions answered by presenters.
What’s different is the format. Ozwater’20 Online will run on Tuesday mornings (10am–1pm AEST) and Thursday afternoons (2pm–5pm AEST) throughout June. This includes a short morning or afternoon tea break, so don’t forget to BYOB (bring your own biscuits).
Each day includes five-minute thirst quenchers, 20-minute focus presentations and a 30-minute keynote speech.
Check out the program here.
Registration is flexible
A key focus of Ozwater’20 Online is accessibility and making it as simple as possible for water industry professionals in Australia and around the world to engage with the content.
With this in mind, event host the Australian Water Association (AWA) has made registration flexible. A full registration is the best value, with access to all eight keynote speakers, more than 120 presentations and 40 podcasts; but weekly and day registrations are also available.
There’s also a team pass, which allows organisations to buy four full registrations and get one free.
While nothing can replace in-person interaction, Ozwater’20 Online aims to recreate the traditional Ozwater delegate experience. After logging in to the event platform – hosted by Australian company Jomablue – you’ll be taken to a ‘lobby’ where you can select which session rooms to enter. You can also switch rooms to visit different sessions, just as you would in a convention centre.
And just because it’s online doesn’t mean you miss out on having your say – you’ll still be able to ask presenters questions and have them answered during a five-minute live Q&A session at the end of each presentation.
Content on demand
Unlike past Ozwaters, where you might have to miss a presentation because you can’t be in two places at once, with Ozwater’20 Online you have the opportunity to watch every session in your own time.
That’s because all content will be available exclusively to registered delegates for four months after the event. You’ll be able to access all the presentations during the week or day you registered for. However, make sure you don’t miss the keynotes – these will be live-streamed only so make sure to tune in on the day.
To learn more about Ozwater’20 online and to register, click here.