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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:

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:

See preliminary program

Keynote speakers

Further information on the keynote speakers will be provided at a later stage.

Potential workshop topics

We expect to have several workshops, each of which will develop an action plan. Topics identified from previous SIG activities are:

  1. Building a diverse community of water quality modelling community: interaction with other science domains, planners, data collection agencies and international communities; linking with indigenous communities and perspectives; and improving training opportunities.
  2. Harnessing new technologies: making use of new data collection and storage technologies; and making use of new technologies and methods for modelling and computation.
  3. Making models and data more available: developing guidelines for water quality data collection, storage and access for modelling; developing guidelines for modelling practice; and improving modelling platforms.
  4. Build the case and visibility for water quality modelling: sharing positive stories, increasing participation of modellers in government submissions on management and developing national research priorities.

Participants have opportunity to identify preferred workshop topics, and to suggest additional topics, through the following link:


$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:

Registration is now open, and attendees can register until 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 30 days prior to the event (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.

(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