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November 2020

Inspired by Nature: Engineering Multifunctional Materials

26 November 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Dr Nisa Salim develops multifunctional materials inspired by nature, which offer a promising approach to solving human challenges.

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December 2020

State of the Climate 2020

2 December 2020 @ 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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November 2020 marks the release of the State of the Climate report. This report is a synthesis of the science informing our understanding of climate in Australia and includes new information about Australia’s climate of the past, present and future.

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Scaling Australian Manufacturing through Digital Platforms

10 December 2020 @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm
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Industry 4.0 will be an enabler for the re-shoring of Australian manufacturing in a way that is cost effective and globally competitive. It will enhance our sovereign manufacturing capabilities and, where the COVID pandemic has revealed gaps in our vital supply chains, we will now have the capability to plug these gaps. This is where Australia has an opportunity to make the most of technology transfer from the mining sector to our manufacturing sector.

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February 2021

Schools Event: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

11 February @ 10:00 am12:00 pm

Get a sneak preview of what lies ahead for young women considering a career in the sciences and join the discussion.

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Stewardship of Country – The Common Ground

24 February @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Focussing on the convergence of knowledge traditions: traditional European farming practices, ecological sciences based on European classification systems, and the complex Australian Indigenous knowledge systems developed and maintained over a truly astonishing stretch of time, offering a deep cultural understanding and relationships with "country" to help us determine our common future in Australia.

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March 2021

Stewardship of Country – Resilience and Regeneration

10 March @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Untangling the knots in our system that frustrate beneficial change, from the fixed thinking enforced by our political culture to the slow-changing traditions of agricultural land management and business practices founded in European soils and ecosystems.

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Stewardship of Country – From Past to Future

24 March @ 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Seeking a new model for the management of Australian landscapes so our natural systems are conserved and regenerated for future generations. Join the Royal Societies of Australia and Inspiring Victoria for the final in this series of three webinars, aiming…

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Changing Forests in a Changing Climate: What Might the Future Hold?

25 March @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

Are this region's forests able to persist under the onslaught of climate-driven disturbance? Forest ecologist and silviculturist Professor Patrick Baker argues we need to consider whether there is a role here for forest management and, if so, what that might look like.

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April 2021

Platypus and the Changing Environment – What’s Needed to Help Populations Thrive in Future?

1 April @ 10:00 am11:00 am

Dr Richard Marchant and Dr Melody Serena will discuss the factors vital to maintain healthy platypus populations, based on over 30 years research in Victoria and NSW.

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The Anthropocene: Where on Earth are we Going?

8 April @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

The current trajectory of the Earth System is a rapid exit from the Holocene, accelerating towards a much hotter climate system and a degraded, ill-functioning biosphere.

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May 2021

STEM and Society: SealSpotters

12 May @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Dr Rebecca McIntosh Mr Ross Holmberg Join Dr Rebecca McIntosh and Ross Holmberg from the Phillip Island Nature Parks team as they prepare to launch the annual SealSpotter Challenge, when citizen scientists around the globe jump online to count Australian fur seals and contribute to vital conservation research. The SealSpotter program allows anyone with a computer to help with the management and…

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Why the World Needs Ecologists

13 May @ 7:00 pm8:30 pm

  We are drowning in bad news. Two pages into the (1000pg) United Nations Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and you’ll be pleading for Tolstoy. Even David Attenborough is depressing these days. Ecosystems collapse and species loss is…

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