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PIANC Young Professionals Networking Function

Are you a Young Professional (under 40) interested in networking at the 2015 Coasts and Ports Conference?

If so, come join other Young Professionals from PIANC Australia for a free networking event on Wednesday night; the first day of the conference.  Details are below.  Should be a great night out! 

PIANC Young Professionals Networking Function

Venue: Harbourside Restaurant, The Ferry Building, 99 Quay Street, Auckland City
RSVP: (limited to 50 attendees)

Young Professionals are under 40. PIANC membership are not required but encouraged.  Some drinks and nibbles supplied.

Please RSVP as we are limited to 50 attendees and few spots are remaining.

Key Note Speakers

Todd S. Bridges, Ph.D.

Arthur Webb
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Dr Bridges is the U.S. Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science.  He is the Director of the Centre for Contaminated Sediments and the Programme Manager for the Dredging Operations Environmental Research programme, one of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest civil works R&D programmes, where he directs the execution of more than US$6 million in research annually.

He currently leads USACE’s Engineering with Nature program, which includes a network of research projects, field demonstrations and communication activities to promote environmentally sustainable infrastructure developments. He has chaired international working groups for the London Convention and Protocol and the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC).  As the US representative to the Environmental Commission of PIANC, Dr Bridges has led efforts to develop new international standards for managing environmental risks, while promoting environmental benefits, related to navigation infrastructure.

He has served on the editorial boards for the journals of Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Dredging Engineering.  Over the last 20 years he has published more than 60 journal articles and book chapters and numerous technical reports.

Ngarimu Blair

Arthur Webb
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Ngati Whatua's Ngarimu Blair is one of five emerging Maori leaders who recently spent time in the US as part of the 'First-People Economic and Business Development Progamme'. Ngarimu is a geographer with 15 years' experience in advancing a range of iwi issues in Auckland City. Ngarimu established the largest ecological restoration project on the Auckland isthmus at Bastion Point and has instigated a number of city art and urban design projects that have highlighted the Maori history of the City. He is a Treaty settlement negotiator for Ngati Whatua and spokesperson on many matters. He is heavily involved in Ngati Whatua's innovative tribal housing projects. He is a trustee on the Ngati Whatua Orakei Trust, a Director on Waterfront Auckland, Ngati Whatua Orakei Whai Rawa Ltd and Nga Tira Ltd.

Dr Arthur Webb

Arthur Webb

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Dr Arthur Webb’s earlier technical and research work involved coastal vegetation systems and agroforestry in the equatorial atolls of the Central Pacific and later this extended to near-shore sediment biogeochemistry in sub-tropical eastern Australia. Arthur was until recently the Deputy Director of the Ocean & Islands Programme within the Applied Geoscience and Technology Division (SOPAC Division) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). This Programme provided specialist geoscience support to the Pacific Island Countries and Territories in the fields of; geology, geophysics, geomorphology, oceanography, coastal science, hydrography, geodesy and sea level measurement. Prior to this Arthur the Coastal Processes Adviser within the SOPAC Division, investigating shoreline dynamics in reef mediated shoreline systems. Arthur is presently a Lead Author on the IPCC 5th Assessment Report - Chapter 29 (Small Islands) and was a contributing author to the recently released comprehensive SPC study Vulnerability of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change as well as a co-author of the 2010 paper The dynamic response of reef islands to sea-level rise: Evidence from multi-decadal analysis of island change in the Central Pacific. Work which has brought significant new understanding in respect to shoreline and coastal dynamics in tropical reef mediated shoreline systems.

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