SW Science Symposium 2016
The South West Science Council, based in the South West region of W.A. and our primary biodiversity hotspot, celebrated its first year of activity in fostering community engagement with science and STEM education with a half–day Symposium on the climate pressures in the region, on its principal natural resources, business activities and social challenges.
Professor Adrian Egan FTSE, Chair of the Council, introduced the symposium with a call for greater uptake of science education and community engagement with science to meet the ever-growing need for sound, evidence-based problem solving and better and more timely decision making.
The nine speakers including Professor Peter Klinken, the Chief Scientist of W.A., covered evidence-based impacts and projected further challenges to be met in this century, emphasizing the need for regional strategic planning and advancing both the need and the opportunities for adaptation. The systems reviewed were fisheries, marine ecology, ecosystem services, forests, agriculture, human health and urban design for regional cities and towns.
A central and recurring theme, strongly developed in the keynote address by Professor Peter Klinken, was the role of science, technology and innovation in identifying threats and risks at an early stage, promoting and utilizing the tools and knowledge already available and discovering new options to meet the emerging challenges.
The Symposium was attended by a large and diverse audience of professionals, science educators, students, farmers, business owners and members of the general public. The symposium concluded with a Q&A Panel discussion, which was very lively and prolonged by demand. This added great value to the day and formal evaluation identified this as a further highlight in extending the informative content of the event. The Symposium also attracted both a very positive article and an Editorial in the regional print media.
For further information contact Prof Adrian Egan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy of the Science Symposium Program: Science Symposium Program
Copies of Presentations from Symposium
Dr Mike Christensen – South West Catchments Council
Dr Nick Caputi – Department of Fisheries Research Laboratories
Dr Kathryn McMahon – Marine Ecosystems research and School of Sciences, ECU
Dr Judy Fisher – Ecologist Research Associate, WA Museum
Dr Katinka Ruthrof – Research Associate Murdoch University
Professor Adrian Egan – South West Science Council
Dr Naru Pal- Public Health Physician, WA Country Health Services – South West and Wheatbelt
Dr Mike Mouritz -Director Economic Development, City of Canning
Professor Peter Klinken – Chief Scientist of Western Australia