[ASC-list] Some of the sessions and speakers at Hot Air - Communicating the science of climate change to the people - Tues Feb 9 in Canberra as part of ASC conference

Jenni Metcalfe jenni at econnect.com.au
Mon Dec 14 03:53:07 UTC 2009

To register for this symposium and the ASC conference, go to www.asc.asn.au


Panel - The challenges and needs of urban communities when communicating the
science of climate change

Giselle Wilkinson has been a social and environmental activist for other 30
years. She helped to found and shape the Sustainable Living Foundation, a
community-based not for profit organisation that informs and inspires the
wider community about sustainable living.  She is a Director of Safe Climate
Australia and is currently facilitating Victoria's first urban affordable /
sustainable co-housing development. 

Richard Gilmore is Executive Director of Earthwatch, which is currently
running the ClimateWatch program. Prior to joining Earthwatch in 2007,
Richard worked at Amcor Recycling where he held a number of roles, most
recently as NSW Business Development Manager. 

Peta Ashworth is a senior social scientist within CSIRO's Division of
Exploration and Mining. Peta leads a team of social researchers examining
stakeholder perceptions to areas of national significance to Australia. Her
main research interest has been examining public perceptions to climate
change and energy technologies. Her team developed the EnergyMark process of
engaging communities in climate change.

Chair: Dr Simon Torok works in communication and marketing for CSIRO Marine
and Atmospheric Research in Melbourne. This involves managing a team of
designers and communicators to raise awareness of the division's climate
change research and other marine and atmospheric work.

Panel - The challenges and needs of rural and regional communities when
communicating the science of climate change

Leith Boully and her family have an irrigation and dryland farming and
grazing property at Dirranbandi in Queensland. She has been involved in
natural resource management (particularly water) at local, State and
National levels for about 20 years. Leith is passionate about developing the
capacity of individuals and communities to participate effectively in these
processes.  Leith is Chairman Boully Pastoral Co and founding member of the
Wentworth Group of Concerned Farmers.

Clare Mullen works for the Bureau of Meteorology as a 'Climate
Communicator', in the Bureau's National Climate Centre. The Bureau's mission
is to observe and understand Australian weather and climate, and provide
meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services in support of
Australia's national needs and international obligations. 

Dr Peter Hayman is the Principal Scientist in Climate Applications at the
South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) based at the
Waite Institute, a position he has held since May 2004. Prior to moving to
Adelaide he was coordinator of climate applications for NSW Agriculture.
Peter is an agricultural scientist with an interest in applying climate
information to dryland and irrigated farming systems. Since the early 1990s
he has worked with farmers in managing climate risk on a range of projects
in Australia, Cambodia and The Philippines. 

Dr Gretta Pecl is a marine ecologist focused on interdisciplinary research
to address questions critical to both ecological understanding of our marine
systems and sustainable management of resources. She is particularly
interested in assessing how the movement and migration of marine species
affects their population structure. 

Chair: David Salt is a Canberra-based science writer and editor. In years
gone by he has set up The Helix magazine for CSIRO and Newton magazine for
Australian Geographic. He has co-authored two environmental texts on
resilience and agroforestry, and these days works half-time at the
Australian National University producing/ Decision Point/, a research
magazine on environmental decision theory. His greatest joy is engaging an
average Australian with some aspect of complex science.


Panel: Media coverage of the science of climate change - challenges and

Sarah Clarke is the ABC's national environment and science correspondent,
reporting for both ABC Radio and Television.  She has travelled extensively
around Australia reporting on the environment and the impacts of the drought
and climate change across a number of programs including ABC's 7pm news,
Lateline <http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/> , 7.30 Report
<http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/> , Foreign Correspondent
<http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/>  and across radio news and the ABC's
flagship radio current affairs programs AM <http://www.abc.net.au/am/> , The
World Today <http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/>  and PM
<http://www.abc.net.au/pm/> . (TBC)

Simon Grose is Science Media's Parliamentary Press Gallery Correspondent and
a freelance S&T writer and editor. He joined CSIRO Public Affairs in
Canberra in 1988 and from 1990-93 was press secretary to a Federal Minister.
>From 1994 to 2002 he was S&T Editor and Computing Editor for The Canberra
Times. Since 2002 he has been a contributor to The Canberra Times and other
publications including Crikey, Nature Medicine, and Australasian Science.

Assoc. Professor Philip Chubb's career combines leadership positions in
print, television and online media with publishing, business and
communications technology. Prior to joining Monash University as Associate
Professor in 2008, his industry roles included Melbourne Editor of The
National Times, leader writer of The Age and deputy editor of Time
Australia; in television he was Executive Producer of The 7.30 Report
(Victoria) and National Editor of The 7.30 Report. 

Dr Jonathon Howard is a teacher and researcher at Charles Sturt University
where his research focuses on water and society- including how people value
and use water, and how it is managed. He is currently a Ministerial
appointee to the  <http://www.murray.cma.nsw.gov.au> Murray Catchment
Authority and chairs its Community and Implementation Committee. He is also
on the Executive of the  <http://www.aaee.org.au/> Australian Association
for Environmental Education. 

Chair: David Ellyard has been active in science communication for nearly 40
years, covering radio and TV, talks, journalism and book writing. He is a
former President of the Australian Science Communicators and is currently


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