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A/Prof Mark Diesendorf has been chosen to be Eminent Speaker for 2014 by Engineers Australia. A series of public lectures on A Sustainable Energy Future for Australia
will ask the question: if we replaced all the fossil fuelled power stations of the Australian National Electricity Market by commercially available renewable energy systems, how reliable would the renewable electricity supply system be? Mark believes that the results are encouraging for a renewable energy future, both in terms of reliability and economics.
Last night Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, said that 'other countries were investing strategically in science “for the long haul”, and Australia needed to catch up.'
Professor Chubb said he will release his proposal for a national science strategy in Canberra on 2 September, with recommendations for improving competitiveness, education and training, research, and international engagement. "We must ensure that we bequeath a planet that can sustain the coming generations"... more
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Through competitive selection IES Director Prof Graciela Metternicht joins the membership of 20 eminent scientists in the Science Policy Interface (SPI) established by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This group of scientists and 3 observers (NGO and other UN agencies) first met in June to facilitate the two way science policy dialogue and ensure the delivery of policy-relevant information,knowledge and advice on desertification/land degradation and drought (DLDD). Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, are identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development. READ MORE
How can science better contribute to environmental policy making? Dr Hemant Ojha reflects on a decade of critical action research in Nepal’s forestry sector where he has been working to enhance livelihoods and food security in Nepal, funded by Australian Center for International Agricultural Research . Drawing on the past 12 years of critical action research practice in contesting and catalysing forestry and environmental policies in Nepal, this seminar demonstrates that conventional ‘research and recommendation’ model of linking science to policy making needs a new approach that is critical, engaged, deliberative and politically situated. SEE PDF
Participatory action research in UK and Cambodia: reflections on a common approach will give insight into the design and implementation of the use of participatory methods to facilitate engagement with individuals and groups within communities with the aim to transform livelihoods. Dr Robert Nurick has a wealth of experience in international development working both as a researcher and practitioner in community development and for the last 12 months has been working with WorldFish (part of the CGIAR group) on the design of a participatory action engagement in Cambodia. SEE PDF