2014 SA Climate Change Adaptation Showcase

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Date: February 13th & 14th, 2014
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: $250 for two day registration including dinner. Student discounts apply.
RSVP: – Click here to register your attendance.

You will hear the latest in climate science research and also how practitioners from around South Australia are working at the local level to determine the best response for their region.

The expert panel:

–       Roger B Street from the UK Climate Impacts Programme at Oxford University (UKCIP)
Roger is a leading international adaptation expert and will be hosted (via live-feed) from the UK. He leads the technical and scientific work at UKCIP aimed at guiding risk, vulnerability and adaptation assessments.

–       Dr Karl Braganza, Director of Climate Monitoring Section, Bureau of Meteorology
Karl’s research is centred on understanding climate variability and change using climate modelling, instrumental observations and palaeo-climate evidence.

–       Dr Susannah Eliott, CEO, Australian Science Media Centre (AusSMC)
The AusSMC works with the news media to inject more evidence-based science into public discourse.

–       Dr Peter Hayman, Principal Scientist in Climate Applications, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
Peter has been recently working on impacts and adaptation to climate change in the irrigated wine grape and low-rainfall grains industries.

–       Professor Will Steffen, Climate Council
Peter’s research interests span fields of climate and Earth System science, with an emphasis on sustainability and climate change.

–       Dr Russell Wise, Sustainability Economist, CSIRO
Russell’s work is focussed on understanding the interplay between institutions, values and knowledge to enable communities in Australia and overseas to adapt to climate change.

Learn from the experts how to translate the science into action!

For more information, view the program.



Guest Speaker – Dr Lee Arnold

The Environment Institute presents a free public seminar by Dr Lee Arnold from the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH), on Tuesday 4th September 2012.

The talk is titled ‘Optical dating in a new light: Improved and extended-range chronologies using single-grain techniques’.

Dr Arnold will discuss his work with optical dating techniques and their application to the dating of sediments across a broad range of depositional settings. He has worked on projects looking at extinction of megafauna, climate change, and human archaeology.

When: Tuesday 4th September 2012
Benham Lecture Theatre, University of Adelaide
3:00pm – 4:00pm

All welcome.

ACAD Bioinformatics Early Career Researcher Workshop – Event

The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is pleased to host the third Early Career Researcher workshop that builds on the successful workshops held in 2009 and 2010. This workshop is an intensive 5 day hands-on training course tutored by international experts in the field, utilising leading software packages for the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and SNP array data.

The course will focus on interpreting complex data sets, such as genomic and metagenomic samples, and review the most recent developments in the field. The tutors will provide detailed instructions on the analysis of model and empirical datasets, and focus on the latest techniques available.

When: Monday 5th November – Friday 9th November
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Environment Institute members – $190 (Early Bird rate)
Non-Environment Institute members – $400 (Early Bird rate)

Early registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited to 30 places, and there is strong demand.  Interested graduates are encouraged to apply for travel funds from their host institution.

Find out more and register
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Working with Government & Industry Information Session – Event

The landscape of academic research funding is changing.  Diminishing government funding and increased competition has left researchers from across all disciplines looking for alternative sources to resource projects. Collaboration with government and industry is one option to consider, with benefits to be had beyond money.

Adelaide Research & Innovation will host a free information session on Friday 10th August 2012 at the Art Gallery of South Australia for those interested in learning more about this type of engagement.
Speakers will include:

  • Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny, School of History and Politics
  • Associate Professor Simon Koblar, Stroke Research Program
  • Dr Bruce Northcote, Director, Defence Communications & Information Networking Centre
  • Professor David Adelson, Head of School, Molecular & Biomedical Sciences

Where: Radford Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
When: Friday 10 August 2012
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Please note: Although this is a free event, registration is essential.

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Four in 40: More efficient management of water supply infrastructure – Event

The Water Research Centre and SA Water, in conjunction with SA Water Knowledge Sharing seminar, presents the latest “Four in 40″ forum to be held on Thursday 16th August 2012 at the SA Water House. The forum is titled “More efficient management of water supply infrastructure”.


  • Recent Advancements in Research into Non-Invasive Pipe Condition Assessment. Professor Angus Simpson, School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • Pipeline Condition Assessment in SA Water. Mr Kane Scott, SA Water
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from water distribution systems. Mr Chris Stokes School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • Integrated Demand Management System (IDMS) Upgrade. Mr Steve McMichael, SA Water

Where: Training Rooms, Level 3, SA Water House, Victoria Square
When: Thursday 16 August 2012
Time: 4:05pm – 5:00pm
Please note: Although this is a free event, registration is essential.

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SA Branch Conference 2012 – Event

The SA Branch Conference is one of the premier knowledge-sharing events on the local water industry calendar. The conference continues to bring together members of the water industry from around the state to discuss current trends and challenges being addressed in South Australia.

This year’s conference has the theme Way Out Water – Beyond the City and Into the Future and will examine the challenges faced in water management beyond the city and into the future.
Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jurg Keller, University of Queensland
  • Neil Palmer, National Centre for Excellence in Desalination
  • Tony Minns, Goyder Institute
  • Lee Morgan, Power and Water Corporation

Where: Stamford Grand Hotel, Glenelg
When: Friday 17 August 2012
Time: 11:00am – 6:15pm

Register for the conference
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Four in 40: Managing carbon in catchments – Podcast now available

The podcast from the most recent “Four in 40” seminar, hosted by the Water Research Centre and the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR)on Monday 23 July, “Managing carbon in catchments” is now available.

Professor Wayne Meyer

Speakers were:

  • Dr Todd Wallace, Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources
  • Associate Professor Rob Reid, University of Adelaide
  • Professor Wayne Meyer, University of Adelaide
  • Mr Jason VanLaarhoven, Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Download the individual podcasts and accompanying presentations

Australia’s Country Towns and Climate Change: Moving from Vulnerable to Adaptable – Event

The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility presents a seminar on Thursday 26 July at The Science Exchange, titled ‘Australia’s Country Towns and Climate Change: Moving from Vulnerable to Adaptable’.

This seminar will consider research outcomes and investigate implications for planning and service provisions now and in the future. The seminar will feature Professor Andrew Beer, Director of the Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning and Professor of Geography at the University of Adelaide.

Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
When: Thursday 26 July 2012
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm followed by refreshments
RSVP: http://beer-adelaide.eventbrite.com

Register for this event
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Four in 40: Managing carbon in catchments

The Water Research Centre and the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources (DEWNR) presents a “Four in 40” seminar on Monday 23 July at the Flinders Street Baptist Church Hall, titled “Managing carbon in catchments”.

Where: Flinders Street Baptist Church Hall, 65 Flinders Street
When: Monday 23 July
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Please note: Although this is a free event, registration is essential by 19 July 2012.

Register for this event
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Professor Manfred Boelter

Mp3 Download from the Environment Institute – Manfred Boelter talks about Man and Nature in the Polar Regions

Professor Boelter presented a free public seminar entitled ‘Man and Nature in the Northern Polar Regions- Reactions to Climate Change’ at the University of Adelaide on 19 October 2010.

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