Speaker Date Topic
Dr Helen Stratton Mar 05, 2024
Water and Waste Water Research
Water and Waste Water Research

Associate Professor Helen Stratton has over 25 years’ experience in water and wastewater research developing a comprehensive understanding of the technical, social and economic issues that the industry faces.

She has worked extensively as a consultant to the water industry and has developed strong collaborative relationships throughout Australia and internationally. Helen’s somewhat unique ability to engage across pure science and applied engineering has resulted in multiple industry grants over the past 20 years. Helen has built an international profile, publishing over 80 refereed articles in internationally peer reviewed journals, reports and conference papers.She has been a passionate volunteer for the Australian Water Association (AWA) since 1998, with being elected to roles such as the QLD Branch president (2004-2006) and was an AWA Director for 10 years. This dedication has resulted in her being awarded the AWA Queensland Branch Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and Life Membership in 2016. As an active member of the international water community, Helen has also actively established collaborative links with Uni Bonn, Germany in the past; the Water Environment Research Foundation in the USA; has delivered training courses in New Zealand for Water Care, most recently formed a MOU with Technologiezentrum Wasser and Griffith to collaborate on water microbiology, and is a collaborator with the International Water Centre, hosted by Griffith University. Helen was previously the Executive Manager of the Smart Water Research Centre, (August 2014 – October 2016), during which she set the strategic direction of the Centre, successfully engaged and managed a consortium of eight partners, lead multiple large projects, commercialised research outcomes and continued to build a training programme for the water sector. Helen developed the Centre from concept to successful funding as a state of the art facility to engage with the water industry addressing current issues and developing world leading research. Helen is currently Discipline Head, Bioscience in the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University. She has been employed at Griffith University, in various roles, since 1997. In this current role Helen is managing the 29 staff in her team and is the Program Director for both Medical Science and Biomedical Science, with over 300 students enrolled in the programs.