Past events

Fenner School of Environment and Society past events.

17
Oct
2019
7pm 17 October 2019
By Professor Sophie Lewis - ACT Scientist of the Year (2019), Dr John Hewson AM - former leader of the Federal opposition, Minister Shane Rattenbury - ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Dr Imran Ahmad - Founding Director of Future Earth Australia, WWF-Australia Governor, former Director of East-Asia and Pacific at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Martyn Pearce - Asia-Pacific policy expert and Communications and Engagement Manager of the Crawford School of Public Policy and Professor Sharon Bessell, Director of Gender Equity and Diversity

ANU Learning Communities has been engaging in environmental discussions through the Great Green Debate. This year we ask: 'Should Australia Declare a Climate Emergency?'

16
Oct
2019
1pm 16 October 2019
By Rocky Harris, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK, Professor Kate Auty, ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and Environment and Hon. Assoc. Prof. Peter Burnett, Honorary Associate Professor at the ANU College of Law

This seminar will look at how accounts for forests, marine areas and urban areas have been developed and how they might inform various analytical and decision-making processes in United Kingdom. It will also examine what we might learn from the UK experience for the application of NCA in Australia.

10
Oct
2019
10am 10 October 2019
By Kate Harriden

Mid-term Review presentation

24
Sep
2019
1pm 24 September 2019
By Sina Leipold

Circular Economy has become a major buzzword in sustainability science and policy. In the forest sector as well as in other commodity sectors, recycling, re-using and remanufacturing are seen as a way to reduce consumption and conserve ecosystems. Can this concept really help to change the pathway of our economies?

23
Sep
2019
1pm 23 September 2019

In this seminar we will discuss the international context for long-term emissions strategies and consider issues that inform a strategy for Australia.

19
Sep
2019
12pm 19 September 2019
By Ngaio Fitzpatrick; Fenner School artist in residence, Dr David Turton, Dr Roger Burritt and Dr Tony Bartlett

All Affiliates and Fenner School staff and students welcome. A light lunch will be provided, followed by a series of short seminars.

29
Aug
2019
9.15am 29 August 2019
By Dr Sally Box (Threatened Species Commissioner)

In this seminar, Dr Sally Box (Threatened Species Commissioner) will share results from the recently completed Year 3 progress report for the Threatened Species Strategy, including how the report’s outcomes will help focus future efforts to best support threatened species.

29
Aug
2019
9am 29 August 2019

Our next HDR Symposium will be held on Thursday 29 August. All staff, students (HDR, Postgraduate and Honours) and affiliates are invited to participate in this event.

22
Aug
2019
1pm 22 August 2019
By Ayako Kawai

Plummeting crop diversity threatens food system resilience globally. While across the industrial world, farmers and breeders are increasingly relying on off-farm procurement and conservation of seeds, on-farm seed saving is still critically important.

20
Aug
2019
1pm 20 August 2019
By Tim Hollo

Green Institute Executive Director, Tim Hollo, presents a theory of ecological democracy which seeks to apply the fundamentals of ecology to politics, articulating a vision of interconnection, interdependence, and resilience in diversity. Active, constructive critique and participation are welcome.

18
Aug
2019
1.30pm 18 August 2019
By Dr Kate Auty ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment , Professor Jamie Pittock, Dr Liz Hanna ANU, Emeritus Professor Janette Lindesay , Dr Annette Hirsch, Dr Matthew Colloff and Dr Steven Crimp

The effects of climate change are already a reality for much of the world's population. As we continue into the future, how will we live our daily lives, and tackle the larger political, economic and social challenges which lie ahead? Join us for this panel discussion with climate and policy experts from the ANU.

15
Aug
2019
7pm 15 August 2019
By Dr Holly Vuong

Wait Wait…Save Our Species! is a live science comedy event where we will dissect and discuss prominent and obscure biodiversity and conservation news for National Science Week.

15
Aug
2019
1pm 15 August 2019
By Dr Jim Woodhill, Foresight4Food Initiative

The seminar will explore the role of foresight and scenario analysis in transformation processes. The role of small-scale agriculture in food systems will be used as an example of how wider system trade-offs and synergies must be considered.

12
Aug
2019
1pm 12 August 2019
By Prof Quentin Grafton

In this seminar, Dr Quentin Grafton examines the water management crisis in the in the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB), looking at the idea of a ‘Post-Truth Water World’.

07
Aug
2019
1pm 7 August 2019
By Dr Christopher Cvitanovic

In this talk, Dr Chris Cvitanovic will argue that a shift in the academic study of science-policy-practice interfaces is needed, towards the study of ‘bright spots’ – situations where science has successfully influenced and impacted on policy and practice.

01
Aug
2019
1pm 1 August 2019
By Douglas Sheil - NMBU’s Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management (MINA).

Reliable water is essential to our lives and livelihoods, but more than half the world’s population suffer from water scarcity. new research suggests that forests and trees play a much greater role in maintaining global rainfall patterns than was previously realized. Could this mean a whole new value for forests?

31
Jul
2019
6pm 31 July 2019

Open to all students with an interest in weather, climate and oceanography areas with presentations and networking.

20
Jun
2019
1pm 20 June 2019
By Andre Zerger

This presentation will provide an overview of the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), a synopsis of current challenges and presents some of our early thinking around the ALAs future directions informed by preliminary results from an active National Consultation process.

20
Jun
2019
12pm 20 June 2019

In this PhD seminar, Jin Teng explores how the development and application of a simple conceptual flood inundation model that can be used for rapid and accurate assessment of inundation in large floodplains.

20
Jun
2019
9am 20 June 2019
By Professor Adrian Manning, Dr Matthew Brookhouse, Dr Lorrae van Kerkhoff and Julie Watson

Join us for the Higher Degree Research Skills Day to further your understanding of working with different types of research.

13
Jun
2019
9.15am 13 June 2019

Fenner School will be holding HDR Symposium on 13 June. All staff, students (HDR, Postgraduate and Honours) and affiliates are invited to participate in this event.

07
Jun
2019
1pm 7 June 2019
By Dr Steven Lade

In this seminar Dr Steven Lade discuss ‘Planetary boundaries’, the safe operating space for humanity as a precondition for sustainable development, and the challenges and conflicts it poses.

21
May
2019
11am 21 May 2019
By Lilian M. Pearce

The role of history in ecological restoration is changing. In this seminar, Lilian Pearce explores how cultural frameworks integrates and conflicts with scientific ones when examining ecological restoration of settler sites.

09
May
2019
5.30pm 9 May 2019
By Peter Kanowski (Professor of Forestry) and Dollie Yao (M Environment (Advanced) candidate)

The relationship between education and ‘pro-environment’ behaviour is complex, and has been little-investigated for the specific case of forests. In this seminar, Peter Kanowski and Dollie Yao explore this topic as part of Canberra Tree Week.

06
May
2019
4.30pm 6 May 2019

The ANU Fenner School Committee of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA at ANU) is holding a career night for Fenner students to meet and network with government and industry representatives.

30
Apr
2019
2pm 30 April 2019
By Dr Jonathan Donges

Dr Jonathan Donges from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany will explore how planetary-scale socio-ecological systems dynamics work, and what this means during the Anthropocene.

16
Apr
2019
6.30pm 16 April 2019
By Professor Saul Cunningham and Associate Professor Philip Gibbons

To sort out our environmental challenges is going to take researchers from all fields - so you are all invited to the pub!

12
Apr
2019
3.30pm 12 April 2019
By Constanza Leon

In this seminar, Constanza Leon will examine how group-living animals are affected by both the physical and social environment they inhabit, influencing population dynamic processes such as reproductive success, survival and dispersal patterns; all of which ultimately shape the evolution of a species.

10
Apr
2019
5.30pm 10 April 2019

Dr. Vivian Welch, editor in chief of the Campbell Collaboration and co-convenor of the Campbell-Cochrane Equity Methods group, will describe how evidence synthesis organizations are addressing the challenges of timeliness and relevance.

04
Apr
2019
12pm 4 April 2019
By Albert van Dijk and Shoshana Rapley

The Annual Environment Briefing will review the condition of Australia’s natural resources and ecosystems over the past year, drawing on the most recent observations on land, at sea and from space.

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