Science Conference 2016

Ocean, Waterways and Landscapes: STEM* in Action

Science Conference 2016    

October 20 @ 9:00 amOctober 21 @ 4:00 pm

Sanctuary Golf Resort, 100 Old Coast Road, Pelican Point, Bunbury, Western Australia.


On Day 1 guest speakers covered topics on the origin and nature of our South West region, our seas and landscapes, the biodiversity we inherit, and the science and technology underpinning management and sustainable options in regional development. The opening  address was presented by Emeritus Prof. Adrian Egan on the topic of  “South West Change: What Was, Is and May Yet Be”.  On  Day 2 speakers and working sessions were focused on the role, approaches and supporting resources for STEM education, community engagement through citizen science and the application of STEM to innovation and productivity.

Copies of most of the presentations can be found below.


Session 1 The South West Landscape and Seascape

Dean Wynne  Budja, Sense of Place and Season

Prof. Stephen Hopper  The Ocbil inheritance: living sustainably with biodiversity on old climatically buffered infertile landscapes and seascapes

Hopper: The Ocbil Inheritance-2016


Session 2 Changing Oceans and Shorelines 

Dr Thomas Wernberg & Chenae A. Tuckett  In hot water: climate-driven loss of kelp forests and changes in rocky reef communities

In Hot Water: Climate Driven Kelp Forest Loss

Bernie Masters  More Lessons from Geographe Bay

More Lessons from Geographe Bay

Dr Kath Lynch  The role of science in the future of the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands

Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands


Session 3 Biodiversity, to Monitor and Value

Prof. Barbara Cook and Ben Ford Species Distribution Modelling for a Changing Climate

Species Distribution Modelling for Changing Climate

Prof Giles Hardy and Dr Katinka Ruthrof  Forest Health and Restoration in a Drier Warmer World

Forest Health and Restoration

Dr Judy Fisher Adapting to Change: It’s Effects on Biodiversity and People

Climate Change Effects on Biodiversity


Session  4 Catchments, Land and Water Use 

Dr Felicity Bunny Water for Food: South West Challenges

South West Irrigation Update

Kathy Dawson: From Source to the Sea: A Systems Approach to Catchment Management

From Source to the Sea

Prof Geoff Lummis STEM: A Human Endeavour

STEM – A Human Endeavour


Session 5 STEM  Education

Jade Warrington STEM- Preparing students for the future

STEM- Preparing Students for the Future

Hasan Rayan  Coding and Robotic Projects at Cooinda Primary School – in partnership with Little Coder

Adrian Egan STEM Engagement Leveraging Relevance

STEM Education


Session 6 Citizen Science 

Dr Judy Fisher  Citizen Science in Action Elsewhere in the World

Citizen Science

Bernie Masters  Local Examples of Citizen Science

Local Examples of Citizen Science

David Byatt  App Design  and Data Management


Session 7 Science and Innovation An Entrepreneurship


*STEM refers to the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics