Public Seminar: Imagining the science-policy interface in 2050

Join us online in conversation to discuss the future of science and policy, with a focus on the Murray Darling Basin.

What will science and technology be like in 30 years? How might policy-making be different? When you bring the two together, will the interface between science and policy itself be different? In this forward-looking session, eminent water scientists and policy-makers will share their creative thinking about how science and technology may re-connect with policy. Considering social, cultural, environmental and economic values of water through the lens of the science-policy interface, speakers will offer their ideas on the changes that would need to happen soon, to realise the best possible outcomes for the future. Speakers will be in conversation with our moderator, Professor Anthony Jakeman, and will then take questions from our online audience. 


About the Panellists

Moderator: Professor Anthony Jakeman

Tony Jakeman is Professor, Fenner School of Environment and Society and Director of the Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management (iCAM) Centre, The Australian National University, and Research Partnerships Director of the Institute for Water Futures. He is an Environmental Modeller with over 400 publications in the open literature, half of these in refereed international journals. He has been a principal supervisor to over 60 graduated PhD students. Since 1997 he has also directed the iCAM Centre pursuing methods and applications of integrated assessment and decision support on water resource issues. He leads the Integration and Decision Support Program of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Panellist: Associate Professor Katherine Daniell

A/Prof Katherine A. Daniell, BEng(Civil)(Hons)/BA (Adel.), PhD (ANU/AgroParisTech, France), MIEAust, is a transdisciplinary academic at the Australian National University's Institute for Water Futures. A/Prof Katherine Daniell is also Interim Associate Dean (Education) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University, Research Lead at the 3A Institute, and an Associate Professor at the ANU's Fenner School of Environment and Society. Trained in engineering, arts and public policy, her work bridges multiple domains including governance, policy analytics, risk management, politics and cultures of innovation, and international science and technology cooperation. Katherine currently serves as a member of the National Committee on Water Engineering (Engineers Australia), Director and Board Member of the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust, a member of the Initiatives of the Future of Great Rivers, Editor of the Australasian Journal of Water Resources and President of the Australian-French Association for Research and Innovation Inc.

Panellist: Dr Deborah Peterson

Dr Deborah Peterson is currently a visiting fellow at the Australian National University. With over 25 years experience in the public sector as a Senior Executive, Dr Peterson has led economic research, regulatory reviews and national inquiries, and policy and strategy development and implementation across a wide range of sectors and issues. She has worked with international, State and Federal Government agencies, Research Institutes and as a member of a diverse range of Board and Committees. She has been responsible for regulatory agencies (Fisheries, Forestry, Game and Biosecurity) with large multi-disciplinary, regionally distributed workforces. Dr Peterson is passionate about evidence-based reform that leads to increased productivity and higher standards of living.

Panellist: Professor Paul Tregoning

Professor Paul Tregoning is a geophysicist who uses satellite data to study changes occurring on Earth as a result of many different geophysical processes. With a background in geodesy (large-scale measurement of the Earth), he quantifies plate tectonic drift, crustal strain and earthquake deformation using GPS, sea level rise and changes in ice sheet heights using satellite altimetry, and assessments of water resources (surface water, soil moisture, groundwater) using space gravity missions. He is Head of the Geodesy Group at the Research School of Earth Sciences, is an InSpace Mission Specialist (Earth Observations) and is an Editor of Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth.

Read more on the Insitute for Water Futures website