International Water Association honour

Associate Professor Margaret Greenway
Associate Professor Margaret Greenway

Associate Professor Margaret Greenway, of the Griffith School of Engineering, has been honoured at the 13th International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control.

Associate Professor Greenway was awarded a Member of Honour in recognition of her contribution to the International Water Association Specialist Group; Use of Macrophytes for Water Pollution Control.

“Macrophytes are wetland plants that play a vital role in water purification by filtering and trapping sediment; removing and storing nutrients and heavy metals,” Associate Professor Greenway said.

“They are planted extensively in constructed wetlands for treating stormwater runoff and further purifying recycled sewage effluent.

“Really their significance cannot be understated as they also increase biodiversity by providing a habitat for aquatic organisms and wildlife.”

During the Perth conference Margaret was invited to give a keynote presentation on ”An Overview  of Two Decades of  Constructed Wetland Research in  Australia – Wetlands Downunder 1992-2012″

“I have been an active member of the  IWA Specialist Group since 1992 when I attended the 3rd International Conference on Wetland Systems for Water Pollution Control in Sydney,” Associate Professor Greenway said.

“In 2000 I was nominated as the Australian representative to the Scientific Committee.

“My roles have included organising the biennial conferences, reviewing conference papers and selecting and reviewing papers for subsequent publication in journals, writing articles and soliciting articles from other Australian researchers for the Newsletters.”

In addition, postgraduate students supervised by Associate Professor Greenway have presented their research at every biennial conference since 1994.

Associate Professor Greenway is a lecturer in Environmental Engineering.