‘Switch’ Energy Documentary – Exclusive Adelaide Screening

The University of Adelaide and Arcos Films would like to invite you to the exclusive Adelaide screening of Switch, a new award-winning documentary that moves past the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy.

Documentary screening followed by Q&A with Director Harry Lynch
Tuesday, 12th March 2013

Time: 6:00pm (6:30pm start) – 8:30pm

Where: Scott Theatre, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide – click for map

Register for your complimentary tickets

(Seats are limited, register early to avoid disappointment)

About Switch

Is hydraulic fracturing polluting our water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will gasoline prices continue to rise? Can we clean up coal? Can renewables really power our future?

Switch delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia and then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy. This screening is part of over 250 universities across the globe participating in the GSA Switch Energy Awareness & Efficiency Program, which launched last fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.

Audiences have called Switch “the first truly balanced energy film.” As no documentary before it, Switch has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.

“I took my students to a screening of Switch, and we spent most of the following class discussing it, a testament to its value as an educational tool. It was amazing…” — Amy Jaffe, Rice University Energy Program

If you drive a car, use a computer, or flick a light switch, you should see this film!” — Evan Hindman, Harvard University

“Switch really puts all the pieces together, and makes me optimistic for the future.” — Erin Geoffroy, Environmental Defense Fund

Visit the Switch Energy Project website to find out more.



Conference presentations reach 30 000 views

In December 2011 the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity at the Environment Institute co-hosted the Fourth International Barcode of Life Conference at the University of Adelaide.

The conference was the first international barcode conference held in the Southern Hemisphere and brought together 463 participants from 61 countries. It addressed a range of Barcoding applications and developments, including: illegal wildlife and timber trade; pest and disease diagnostics; forensics; quarantine identifications; environmental monitoring and assessment; animal, plant and microbial systematics; and Beyond Barcoding.

The Environment Institute recorded each of the plenary presentations, as well as all of the key presentations held over the duration of the week. Each of these 71 recordings and powerpoint presentations were then combined into slideshare presentations so that delegates, and people who were unable to attend, could view them online at a later stage. These slideshare presentations have been fantastically received and have now reached approximately 30 000 views in total!

You can view these presentations on the conference slideshare website.

Visit the offical conference website

Fostering Sustainable Behaviour: Introductory Workshop Adelaide

Bicycle Network Victoria are hosting a workshop by Dr Doug McKenzie-Mohr on  Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th March in Adelaide.

This introductory community-based social marketing workshop will be of interest to those working to promote waste reduction, water and energy efficiency, modal transportation changes, watershed protection, and other sustainable behaviour changes. Those who work to promote behavioural changes that promote health, such as active lifestyles, will also benefit from attending. The workshop will:

  • Teach you how to identify the barriers holding your program back
  • Provide you with behaviour change tools
  • Show you how to pilot and evaluate your program to make it successful!

Dr McKenzie-Mohr

Dr. McKenzie‐Mohr is an environmental psychologist, who has been incorporating scientific knowledge of behaviour change into the design and delivery of community programs for over 20 years. He is the founder of community‐based social marketing ‐‐ an approach to delivering environmental behavioural change programs that is used worldwide. He has provided training internationally for over 50,000 environmental program planners. Find out more about Dr McKenzie-Mohr

Download the pdf Flyer for more information and for details on how to register.

Visit the Bicycle Network Victoria website to find out more.

Career Opportunity: Nature Foundation SA -Conservation Projects Officer

Nature Foundation SA are looking for a full time Conservation Projects Officer to be based in Adelaide.

Nature Foundation SA celebrated 30 years of achievement in 2011 as the state’s premier, not-for-profit conservation organisation working with scientists, communities, businesses and governments to conserve South Australia’s precious natural biodiversity.  The Foundation now owns or co-owns four conservation properties exceeding 420,000 ha and will undertake major new land conservation and environmental watering projects in 2012.

Download the PDF Flyer to read about the position

David Suzuki

Listen to a podcast of David Suzuki presenting The Legacy: an elder’s vision for our sustainable future.

The Legacy is David Suzuki’s response to the question, If you had one last lecture to give, what would you say? In his much loved critical and candid presentation style, Dr. Suzuki  explores his own life journey in an era that has experienced major social revolutions, scientific discoveries, cultural shifts and political upheaval. His focus also acknowledges the wisdom of his grandparents and moves forward through to the promise held in the birth of his new grandson.

David Suzuki’s talk in Adelaide was proudly presented by Unibooks and the Friends of the University of Adelaide Library in association with Allen & Unwin and the University of Adelaide Environment Institute.

10 free passes to CleverGreen

10 free passes are available to PhD and Masters students at Adelaide Uni for the CleverGreen conference and showcase.

To apply students must contact the Environment Institute by email, environment@adelaide.edu.au with their contact details and the topic of their PhD or Masters. Applicants must register their interest by the 8th of February and will be advised of the outcome by the 12th.

The CleverGreen conference and showcase brings together researchers, government and business to examine and discuss green technologies, market opportunities and innovation for environmental sustainability.

What to expect.

  • Join South Australia’s leading Clean Technology innovators.
  • View the many South Australian products and services
  • that are helping the world to be cleaner and more environmentally sustainable.
  • Find out about the world-class research coming out of our Universities and research sector.
  • Hear internationally recognised speakers on investment and global trends in the Clean Tech sector.
  • Visit some of our best Clean Tech business operators and innovators through industry tours.
  • Enjoy world class food, wine and hospitality.