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Join us for a yarn about the work of Traditional Owners seeking to restore key species to Country, including dingo, quoll, emu and native fish. Native animals continue to be persecuted by European settlers because they are seen as an inconvenience. Traditional Owners have deep empathy with their plight.
This yarn is in part about native animals, culture and Country, and restoration. But it’s also about so much more.
The discussion will include
- Amos Atkinson, proud Bangarang, Dja Dja Wurrung, Barrapa Barrapa, Ngiilliam Wurrung, and Wiradjuri man
- Brendan Kennedy, Tati Tati and Wadi Wadi Traditional Owner
- Libby Rumpff, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
- Terry Walshe, School of Biosciences.
Location: Room G26/27 Ground Floor BioSciences 1 building, The University of Melbourne.
While climate change is considered the great crisis of our age, the rapid loss of species and the rapid degradation of ecosystems may be as great a threat to humanity as a warming planet. So why is there a biodiversity crisis? Is there anything we can do about it? What else do we risk losing if we continue to lose biodiversity?
The evening’s panel of experts represents a range of perspectives of Biodiversity and will discuss the pending crisis through the lens of Bioscience, Indigenous culture and history, and zoology.
- Event Host – Professor Moira O’Bryan, Dean of Science
- Moderator – Amanda Martin OAM, Chief Executive Officer and Secretary to the Board, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN)
- Panellist – Professor Brendan Wintle, Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
- Panellist – Dr Jenny Gray, CEO Zoos Victoria
- Panellist – Dr Jack Pascoe, Conservation and Research Manager, Conservation Ecology Centre
At the conclusion of the discussion guests will have the opportunity to join the panellists for some drinks and light snacks.
The Science at Melbourne Lecture series is the premier public event series from the Faculty of Science. The event program seeks to share our knowledge and love of science with the wider community, engaging them in current research and empowering them to ask questions and take actions for a better world. The series runs throughout the year covering scientific research, discoveries and theories that play exciting or unexpected roles in shaping and advancing our society.