1st Australia and New Zealand Water Quality Modelling Symposium

Turning vision into action

8–10 April 2024

Crowne Plaza, Queenstown, New Zealand

We are excited to announce the first Australia and New Zealand Symposium on Water Quality Modelling, where experts, researchers, and professionals from Australia and New Zealand will advance the future of this important topic. This will be a planning-oriented symposium to address how to build a modelling community, make our modelling more relevant to decision-makers and society, and advance the practice of water quality modelling. This symposium will be held under the auspices of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc. (MSSANZ).

The water quality Special Interest Group (SIG) of MSSANZ has been holding forums over the last few MODSIM conferences, increasingly attracting numerous interested members. The SIG covers all aspects of water quality modelling – from farms to catchments to water bodies. Through these forums and dedicated workshops, an initiative has been developed to organize a symposium with the aim of building the Australasian water quality modelling community and developing action plans associated with several priority areas.

Water quality modelling plays a pivotal role in protecting our precious water resources and ensuring the health and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems while understanding the adaptations needed to be made on land where the contaminants are generated. This symposium will provide you with an opportunity to shape the future direction of modelling in this important area, and to build your involvement with the water quality modelling community.

Who should attend:

  • Researchers and scientists in the field of environmental science and water quality assessment
  • Water resource managers, policy makers and decision-makers
  • Engineers and professionals involved in water quality modelling and monitoring
  • Students and academics interested in advancing their knowledge in this critical area.

Membership of MSSANZ is not required for attending the meeting, although we encourage you to attend the next conference in Adelaide in 2025.

What to expect:

  • Keynote speakers: Four renowned experts in the field will deliver keynote addresses, providing valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities in water quality modelling.
  • Presentation Sessions: Brief showcase of your research through poster presentations or 3-min presentation to help participants get to know each other.
  • Interactive Workshops: Participate in hands-on workshops to develop goals and a work plan for each topic. Each symposium attendee will typically be on the team for two workshop topics. See below for the workshop topics. The workshop findings will be presented at an externally-broadcast plenary session at the end of the symposium.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow professionals, researchers, and decision-makers in the field. Share your experiences, collaborate on projects, and establish valuable contacts.
  • Beautiful venue: The symposium will be held in April in Queenstown of New Zealand. You can expect stunning autumn colours around Lake Wakatipu, a vibrant atmosphere with cultural events happening around town, and unlimited of enjoyable outdoor activities.
  • A symposium dinner: Earnslaw boat trip and gourmet barbeque at Walter Peak Station

See programme

Keynote speakers

  • Ken Taylor, Chair of the Interim Ministerial Advisory Group on Limits and Targets, New Zealand
  • Cassandra Sedran-Price (Muruwari/Gangugari), CSIRO, Australia
  • Tanira Kingi (Ngāti Whakaue, Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa), Climate Change Commissioner and Emeritus Scientist, Scion, New Zealand
  • Barbara Robson, Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, Australia

Workshop topics

We have identified several workshop topics, building on previous activities of the SIG, and with survey input from people on the SIG mailing list. The topics will be (numbers refer to the programme):

1.1 Developing and improving modelling platforms

1.2 Linking modelling with indigenous communities and knowledge systems

1.3 Making the case for the utility and benefits of water quality modelling

2.1 Developing good-practice modelling guidelines

2.2 Strategy for uptake and use of new modelling technologies

2.3 Developing and improving data-sharing platforms


$545 AUD per person (including GST) plus a booking fee of $15, which includes full 3-day symposium attendance with lunch, and a conference dinner (Earnslaw boat trip and gourmet barbeque at Walter Peak Station). The booking fee is for Humanitix, a non-profit organisation which provides funding to education initiatives.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation.


To confirm your participation, please register at: https://events.humanitix.com/1st-australia-and-new-zealand-water-quality-modelling-symposium-turning-vision-into-action

Registration is now open, and registrations close on 15 March 2024. There is a limit on the number of attendees due to the venue size, so please get in early.

Refunds for cancellation will be available up to 8 March 2024.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you in Queenstown and having a successful symposium between the two countries.

Conference organising committee (Sandy Elliott, Val Snow, Richard Muirhead, Linh Hoang, Kohji Muraoka) and the SIG committee.

     Our Land and Water New Zealand AgResearch New Zealand NIWA New Zealand