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Our Story: The epic human and environmental history of Australia

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Parliament of New South Wales

6 Macquarie Street

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The NSW Science & Research Breakfast Seminar

Professor Richard Roberts, University of Wollongong, presents:

'OUR STORY: THE EPIC HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA'

In this seminar, Professor Richard 'Bert' Roberts will outline the research, training, education and engagement programs of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH).

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) was launched in mid-2017. CABAH’s innovative research program will track the human and environmental history of Australia, Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia over the last 130,000 years, and examine the processes responsible for these changes to inform our understanding of how best to adapt to future environmental changes and protect our unique biodiversity and Indigenous heritage.

The transdisciplinary research environment of CABAH will equip a new generation of researchers with the range of skills needed to traverse within and between science, technology, engineering and maths disciplines and scholars from the humanities, arts and social sciences, and our education and engagement program will reach audiences of all ages in Australia and overseas.

BREAKFAST SEMINAR

The 2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney.

Where: Parliament House of NSW. Entry is via Macquarie Street, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Time: Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am.

Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

For further information call (02) 9338 6616

Professor Richard Roberts, University of Wollongong

Distinguished Professor Richard ‘Bert’ Roberts is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellow, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH) and Director of the Centre for Archaeological Science at the University of Wollongong. He was trained in the Earth sciences, with degrees from Aberystwyth University in Wales, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the University of Wollongong.

Professor Roberts is interested in past interactions between hunter-gatherers and their environments in Africa, Asia and Australia. Much of his career has been spent investigating turning points in human evolution and dispersal, publishing across the fields of geochronology, paleoecology, archaeological science and human evolution. He leads a team dedicated to archaeological dating and to reconstructing the timing, causes and ecological consequences of human migrations around the planet, and the interactions between archaic and modern humans.

Projects led by Professor Roberts have shed new light on the initial human colonisation of Australia, the subsequent mass extinction of the megafauna, and the life and times of the ‘Hobbit’ (Homo floresiensis) in Indonesia. He has also collaborated on projects investigating the rock art of northern Australia, the human and environmental history of Africa, Arabia and India, and changes to ‘ice age’ ecosystems in arctic Asia and North America.

For his current ARC fellowship, Roberts is exploring the evolution and interactions of archaic and modern humans in central and Southeast Asia, and has launched the Australasian Research Cluster for Archaeological Science to enhance collaborations among the archaeological science community in Australia and New Zealand.

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