The R2R event is now scheduled to be postponed until 2025, with specific dates yet to be announced.

Accelerate your knowledge and expertise in site contamination and remediation with the Risk to Remediation Course, being held in Newcastle, 2025

Location

Newcastle City Hall 290 King Street, NSW, 2300

Build your environmental management expertise.

Knowledge and experiences you can’t Google.

Join us for a 5-day, all-inclusive course, with proven industry experts, policymakers and industry professionals. This course is interactive, practical and hands-on to create new skills and capabilities for the Australian contamination industry.

  • Gain new and practical skills to apply to the management and remediation of contaminated sites worldwide
  • Get abreast of the latest thinking and new knowledge globally in science, law, policies and case studies
  • Accelerate your capabilities and competence to deliver more value to employers, policymakers and customers.

This course has been developed especially for individuals who manage, regulate, investigate, remediate, or are impacted by contaminated sites. Regardless of their current level of expertise, this course will provide participants with enhanced skills, knowledge, networks and confidence to manage even the most challenging sites and help them become leaders in the global remediation industry. More details and the course outline can be found here.

Participants will receive:

  • Downloadable course Handbook/handouts on USB. Please bring your laptop for daily sessions.
  • Certificate of Completion.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit up to 45 hours*
  • Site tour / GCER analytical laboratory facility at UoN

*Please check with your certification scheme regarding CPD points.

Catering:
The course will be fully catered including morning and afternoon tea, and lunch.

Key Presenters

Spend 5 days with world-renowned scientists and industry professionals. Become part of a new Australian network who share the latest knowledge and skills. Includes site tour and demonstration of the latest field equiptment and technologies.

Laureate Professor Ravi Naidu

CEO & Managing Director crcCARE

Laureate Professor Ravi Naidu is CEO and Managing Director of CRC CARE (formerly the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment) and Founding Director of the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Ravi is the highest cited Australian environmental scientist with his work focusing on the remediation of contaminated soil, water and air, and the potential impacts of contaminants upon environmental and human health at local, national and global levels.

For more than two decades, Ravi has been a global leader in the move to the now widely accepted ‘risk based’ approach to managing contaminated sites. He has also been a leader in the shift to in-situ remediation – cleaning up contamination where it lies, rather than the traditional ‘dig and dump’ approach.

Together, these approaches potentially save industry millions, if not billions, of dollars annually and make clean-up far more feasible and effective.  Ravi has been leading PFAS research in Australia since 2004 with this work being sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence and also BHP mining company.

Ravi

Dr Paul Nathanail

Managing Director,

Land Quality Management Ltd, UK

Paul Nathanail is recognised as one of the world’s leading contaminated land practitioners. Paul is known for a robust, evidence-based approach to resolving problems. He has combined being a University Professor and consultant for some 30 years and is passionate about sharing knowledge.

He has developed the UK’s most widely used soil screening levels, developed toxicological tools to support challenging regulatory decisions, led the drafting of AS ISO 18504:2022, wrote the UK guidance on asbestos in soil and is currently leading the drafting of UK guidance on PFAS in soil and water. 

He has worked on several projects in Australia and sits on the ALGA special interest groups on auditors, sustainable remediation and asbestos. He chairs the board of the Specialist in Land Condition Register – the nearest UK equivalent to an auditor.

Paul is currently researching mitigating the effects of climate change and extreme weather events on remediation and reducing the carbon footprint while increasing the social acceptability of remediation. His company, Land Quality Management Ltd, has been using sound science to deliver defensible decisions since 1997.

Paul Natahnail

Mr Scott Warner

Principal Hydrogeologist

Pacific Basin Business Leader

BBJ Group, California, USA

Scott Warner has worked for over 35 years as a consulting hydrogeologist and remediation practitioner with a focus on designing and implementing innovative groundwater clean-up measures. He was a designer for the first full-scale permeable reactive barrier for in situ groundwater remediation – a system that for nearly 30 years continues to perform in removing groundwater contaminants using passive geochemical methods. His work has involved environmental sites throughout North America, Europe and Australia and he has delivered numerous presentations and training courses on environmental remediation in numerous geographies for private, government and academic audiences. Scott also is a doctoral researcher with the University of Newcastle where is focus is on developing an understanding of climatic impact to groundwater remedy design. In addition to his affiliation with the University of Newcastle, Scott has a MS in Geology from Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) and a BS in Engineering Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles (USA).

Scott Warner

Rebecca Hughes

Manager, Site Contamination
Environment Protection Authority, South Australia

Rebecca Hughes is the Manager of the Site Contamination Branch at the South Australian Environment Protection Authority and has 25 years’ experience in the regulation of site contamination in South Australia. Rebecca has also had extensive involvement in site contamination legislative, policy and guideline development throughout her career.

Carolyn Brumley

Dr Carolyn Brumley

Technical Director
Arcadis

Dr Carolyn Brumley is technical specialist in assessing the risks of chemical contamination to human health and the environment. She has a PhD in environmental toxicology, over 23 years of experience in the environmental consulting industry, and five years of experience in the Australian, Canadian and New Zealand regulatory and research sectors. Carolyn is a certified environmental practitioner with the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Toxicology and Risk Assessment. Carolyn was previously the Deputy Chief Environmental Scientist and Manager of the Environmental Public Health Unit at the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria.

Carolyn has worked with private and public sector clients in areas such as land development, infrastructure, waste, ports and harbours, oil and gas, Defence, mining, chemical registration and environmental regulation. She has undertaken work for the federal government in deriving aquatic ecosystem-based default guideline values, and in assessing the environmental risks associated with the active constituents of agricultural pesticides. She has undertaken human health and ecological risk assessments across a range of settings, using tools such as ecological food chain models, vapour intrusion models, and runoff and uptake models. She has used and adapted national and international risk assessment methodologies for risk-based criteria derivation.

Carolyn Brumley

Dr Dawit Bekele

Senior Environmental Consultant,
Douglas Partners Pty Ltd

Dr Dawit has more than 20 years’ experience as an environmental researcher and consultant working in contaminated land, with extensive expertise in contaminated land assessments and remediation projects across Australia. His specialist experience is in the area of the fate and transport of subsurface contaminants, vapour intrusion, and contaminant hydrogeology.

Dawit’s multidisciplinary expertise in engineering, hydrogeology, and environmental sciences has allowed him to provide scientifically based pragmatic solutions that are acceptable to all stakeholders. He is a Certified Environmental Practitioner: Site Contamination Specialist with the Environment Institute ANZ (EIANZ).

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Dr Alvin Lal

Hydrogeologist,
Global Centre for Environmental Remediation

Dr Alvin Lal is a hydrogeologist at the Global Centre for Environmental Remediation and crcCARE at University of Newcastle. He has over 7 years research and academic teaching experience. Originally from Fiji, he did his PhD with the James Cook University (QLD, Australia). His PhD thesis focused on the development and application of groundwater modelling and management tools for sustainable utilization of groundwater resources in complex hydrological systems.

Some of his research expertise include 3D groundwater numerical modelling (finite element and finite difference), groundwater quality monitoring and assessment, groundwater monitoring network design, multi-objective optimization, and predictive data analytics. Dr Lal was one of the recipients of the prestigious James Cook University Dean’s Award for Research Excellence in 2020. Before joining University of Newcastle, Dr Lal was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Twente, Netherlands. Dr Lal was also employed as a lecturer at University of the South Pacific (USP) from 2020 to 2021. AT USP, he developed the civil engineering program, and help established hydrology, water resources and coastal engineering courses.

Dr Lal is currently working on various groundwater modelling and remediation projects with collaborators from Australia, Netherlands, Bangladesh, Indonesia, USA, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati. He has published several book chapters, journal articles and presented in conferences across the globe. Dr Lal is also currently co-supervising several PhD students and involved in mentoring students at USP, Fiji.

Andrew Pruszinski