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January 23, 2024 86 mins

Françoise Bichai, Associate Professor from Polytechnique Montreal discusses the complexity, challenge and necessity of interdisciplinary collaboration and how we should adapt our centralised water infrastructure to support growing cities and adapt to climate change. We also delve into her current work on supporting the planning of green infrastructure.

Podcast Intro/Outro Song: Starsky by Alex Keren (Check out more of his tunes over on Spotify:

0:00 Intro
1:59 Guest intro and musical talent
6:14 Travels with NGOs to Costa Rica
8:32 Françoise’s experience in Peru
12:05 What it means to be an engineer
15:10 God-like, Medieval and Paleolithic
19:00 The T-Shaped Professional
19:44 Interdisciplinarity as surfing and diving
23:39 Interdisciplinarity as a symphony orchestra
28:57 What are we facing in terms of water security?
30:53 Françoise’s time in Australia
33:30 Harnessing alternative water supply sources
36:40 We need a paradigm shift from centralised systems
40:58 Satellite treatment plants or hybrid options
43:15 Fantasia - The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
46:16 Green Infrastructure is multidisciplinary
49:37 Terminology and GI for active mobility
56:00 Green Infrastructure in Winter
1:02:46 Linking GI, heat and drinking water temperature
1:07:42 Bringing all the GI work together
1:10:43 Q&A Start
1:11:09 Key event, person, book
1:13:45 What inspires you?
1:15:32 If you had a magic wand?
1:17:18 Time management
1:20:59 Advice for young researchers
1:22:40 Where can people reach you?
1:23:59 Final Message
1:25:23 Outro

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