OzBio2010-ANZAAS Free Public Forum Melbourne 29 Sept – Special Guest Tim Flannery

OzBio2010 Public Forum WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2010 1830-2000

This public forum is free, and no registration required. It is held in conjunction with OzBio2010, an international meeting of life scientists


Sponsored by ANZAAS, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Bio21 University of Melbourne and The Victorian Government

Location: Plenary Hall 2, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

The program will consist of the 3 panel members who will give a 10 minute talk, and the rest of the time will be questions and answers, and general discussion.

***Special Guest Comments from Tim Flannery****

18:30 Introduction: Moderator / Host: Robyn Williams Robyn Williams is a science journalist who has hosted the Science Show on the ABC since 1975.

Speaker 1: Dr Deborah O’Connell, Sustainable Ecosystems, CSIRO, Canberra ACT Australia “Energy from Biomass”

Dr O’Connell leads a major interdisciplinary team of 20 scientists on a project entitled Sustainable Biomass Production for Biofuels and Bioenergy in Australia: Can biomass provide low emission fuel and energy without compromising food, water and biosecurity? She has specialised in the emerging area of ‘integration’ science and systems analysis to provide insight into complex issues. Since 2005 Dr O’Connell has led the CSIRO team that produced a series of industry reports including the high profile report Biofuels in Australia – an overview of issues and prospects. T

Speaker 2 A/Prof Kirsten Heimann, Director of the North Queensland Algal Identification/Culturing Facility (NQAIF), James Cook University, QLD., Australia “Algae for biodiesel and CO2 removal”

Kirsten Heimann leads a microalgal research team focusing on ecotoxicology and the development of microalgae for the commercial production of fertilizers, animal feeds, neutraceuticals, and biofuels. Her research and teaching has won several awards, the most recent the Queensland Smart Women – Smart State Award for Research Excellence in 2008.

Speaker / Panel Member 3 Professor Lucas van Zwieten, Department of Primary Industry, NSW, Australia “Biochar for energy production and carbon sequestration”

Lucas van Zwieten is adjunct Professor at the National Centre for Rural Greenhouse Gas Research, University of New England. Research on biochar is internationally acclaimed through the 2007 United Nations association of Australia World Environment Day Award “Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge”. He currently manages over 200 field plots testing biochar in Australia, and is a project collaborator on the National DAFF biochar project administered by the CSIRO.

Special guest: Professor Tim Flannery, Faculty of Science, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia

“Here on Earth”

Tim Flannery is Chair of the Australian Government’s Coasts and Climate Change Group, represents Australasia on the National Geographic Society Research Grant Committee and is a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. His books include The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers. From 2006 to 2009 he was Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2007 he was named Australian of the Year.

Further info: http://www.asbmb.org.au/ozbio2010/public.html

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