Risk Assessment Symposium | ALGA
Building leaders in the sustainable management of contaminated land and groundwater

Risk Assessment Symposium

The University of Adelaide | Level 1, Room S112, Engineering South Building North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5001
The Engineering South Building North Terrace is located H13 on the map


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22 June 2023

The Australasian Land and Groundwater Association (ALGA) is holding a one day symposium to bring together risk assessment practitioners and all other disciplines where understanding risk is pivotal to robust decision-making. Topics will include the latest development in human and ecological health risk assessment science, putting risk assessment into practice in due diligence, land transactions and planning, and what advances in data analytics mean for risk assessment.


22 June 2023
  • 8.30am - 9.00am
    Registration open
  • 9.00am - 9.05am
    Matthew Potter, CEO, ALGA
  • 9.05am - 9.10am
  • 9.10am to 9.50am
    Opening Keynote - Risk Assessment in Australia: Past, Present and Challenges
    Dr Jackie Wright, Environmental Risk Sciences Pty Ltd (enRiskS)
    Session 1 - 1a: The Role of Risk Assessment in Land Transaction/Due Diligence, 1b: The Role of Risk Assessment in Planning and Development
  • 9.50am - 10.05am
    The Role of Risk Assessment in the Acquisition of Contaminated Land
    Elizabeth Wild, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • 10.05am - 10.20am
    Where’s My Crystal Ball? How to Ask (and Answer) the Right Questions in the Planning and Development Process
    Kristi Hanson, Senior Principal Risk Assessor and Victorian Environmental Auditor, Senversa
  • 10.20am - 10.35am
    Improving & Streamlining Environmental Due Diligence
    Howard Waldron, Lotsearch Pty Ltd
  • 10.35am - 10.50am
    Assessing B(a)P & PAH as a Suburb-wide Contaminant
    Jean Meaklim, Senior Principal, Greencap/WSP
  • 10.50am - 11.00am
    Questions and Answers
  • 11.00 - 11.30am
    Morning tea
    Session 2 - New Methodologies/Approaches to Risk Assessment - Human Health Risk Assessment
  • 11.30am - 11.45am
    Show me the Evidence: How to Assess the Risk of a Novel Chemical
    Victoria Lazenby, Director, Terravale Consulting Pty Ltd
  • 11.45am - 12.00pm
    Human Health Risk Assessment Approaches for Data Poor Emerging Contaminants
    Andrew Pearson, Senior Environmental Consultant, Tonkin + Taylor Limited
  • 12.00pm - 12.15pm
    Facilitating Circular Economy: How can Risk Assessment Help?
    Anand Chandra, Senior Principal Env Risk Assessor, Stantec
  • 12.15pm - 12.30pm
    Questions and Answers
  • 12.30pm - 1.30pm
  • Session 3 - New Methodologies/Approaches to Risk Assessment - Ecological Risk Assessment
  • 1.30pm - 1.45pm
    Unseen and Unknown: When to Consider Stygofauna in Groundwater Risk Assessment in Victoria
    Lauren Houthuysen, EPA Victoria
  • 1.45pm - 2.00pm
    Aqueous Boron and the Problem of Essentiality
    Julian Howard, Principal Environmental Scientist, EHS Support Pty Ltd
  • 2.00pm - 2.15pm
    How Much do terrestrial Receptors Really Consume from your Site? A Simple Approach
    Cindy Cheung, Principal Environmental Engineer/Risk Assessor, AECOM
  • 2.15pm - 2.30pm
    Using Roadkill as an Indicator of Environmental Health
    Michael Clough, Principal Environmental Consultant - Helia EHS / PhD Candidate – University of Melbourne (CAPIM)
  • 2.30pm - 2.45pm
    Statistical Approaches to Determine Protective Dilution Levels for a Marine Discharge
    Bryant Gagliardi, Principal Ecological Risk Assessor, AECOM
  • 2.45pm - 3.00pm
    Questions and Answers
  • 3.00pm - 3.30pm
    Afternoon tea
    Session 4 - Risk Communication - Examples/Case Studies, Advances in Data Analytics for Risk Assessment
  • 3.30pm - 3.45pm
    Effective Risk Communication for Experts; The Role of Imagery
    Kate Hughes, Director, Ecology Data Bank Services
  • 3.45pm - 4.00pm
    Proactive Risk Communication and Management using Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches
    Emily Chen, Principal Risk Assessor, ERM
  • 4.00pm - 4.15pm
    Why Aren’t You Testing My Cow? Lessons in Risk Communication. Why Aren’t You Testing My Cow? Lessons in Risk Communication.
    Roisin Smit, Technical Director, AECOM
  • 4.15pm - 4.30pm
    Questions and Answers
  • 4.30pm - 5.00pm
    Closing Keynote - The Significance of Exposure Science – Past, Present and Emerging Trends.
    Dr Len Turczynowicz, Director, HealthRisk Services Pty Ltd and Senior Research Fellow, University of Adelaide
  • 5.00pm
    Matthew Potter, CEO, ALGA
  • 5.30pm
    Networking Drinks
    Strathmore Hotel, 129 North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
23 June 2023: Site Tours
  • 9.00am - 10.15am
    Brompton Gasworks
    Address: 1/21 Chief St, Brompton SA 5007
Please note delegates will have to make their own way to the address above. This site tour has a limited capacity. In case the site tour is full, ALGA will add an extra time by 10.30am. Site tour is included in the ticket price.

Why you should join this event

Risk assessment is engrained through contaminated land and groundwater management and it benefits most roles to have a good understanding of the methods and science. Additionally, the tools are ever evolving as they deal with emerging risks, streamline approaches and refine exposure pathways, even experienced practitioners benefit from staying current with the latest development.

You will learn:

  • Latest developments in risk assessment science and methodology
  • How advances in data analytics impacts risk assessment
  • Risk assessment put into practice for industry and regulatory decision-making
  • How risk assessment can be key in planning and development.
  • Interface of risk assessment and risk communication

Thank you to our Committee

Andrew Pearson, Senior Environmental Consultant, Tonkin + Taylor – Chair
Carolyn Brumley, Technical Director, Arcadis
Jen Martin, Environmental Restoration - Technical Director, Arcadis Australia Pacific
Kate Hughes, Director, Ecology Data Bank Services
Katie Richardson, National Risk Assessment Practice Leader, Senversa
Naomi Cooper, Senior Associate Ecotoxicologist, WSP – Co-Chair
Scott Carroll, Remediation Manager, Liberty Industrial

Risk Symposium rate

Member $440
Non Member $880

Student Member $220

All pricing includes GST and are listed in Australian dollars. Credit Card and EFT options for payment are both accepted.

Thank you to our Silver Sponsor

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Thank you to our Supporting Partners

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Thank you to our Networking Drinks Sponsor

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