San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer
Wednesday 28 June 2017
Professor Rick Shine AM FAA FRZS
CONVERSATION IN COLD BLOOD:
Discussions of wildlife conservation in the popular media are heavily biased towards creatures with fur and feathers. The conservation of koalas and kookaburras rightly resonates with the general public; but sadly, less charismatic members of the Australian fauna often are neglected. We need to bother about "unpopular" Aussies like snakes and lizards because these creatures play critical roles in our ecosystems.
Rick Shine AM is Professor of Evolutionary Biology at The University of Sydney. His research has transformed our understanding of the evolutionary ecology of reptiles and amphibians.
Rick has played a major role in changing views of reptiles and amphibians - from the paradigm that these animals are simple "lower" vertebrates, through to an understanding that they are sophisticated and complex creatures.
To illustrate how research can inform management, Rick will discuss case-histories where research on "cold-blooded" reptiles has helped find novel and effective solutions to identifying and addressing problems associated with conserving endangered species, predicting the ecological impacts of climate change, and buffering the impacts of invasive species.
The 2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.
Where: Parliament House of NSW. Entry via Macquarie Street, Sydney.
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.
RSVP: Friday 23 June 2017
For further information, call (02) 9338 6616.
PROFESSOR RICK SHINE AM FAA FRZS
Professor Rick Shine AM is a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council and a Professor of Evolutionary Biology at The University of Sydney.
He has conducted extensive field-based research on reptiles and amphibians in many parts of the world, and has spearheaded a major research initiative on the biology, impact and control of cane toads in Australia.
Rick has published more than 900 papers in peer-reviewed journals with his work cited more than 40,000 times, and has received many national and international awards for his work.
In 2016, Rick was named the Scientist of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering, and won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Honorary Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, and a member of the Order of Australia. The major thrust of his current research involves approaching conservation challenges from an evolutionary perspective, and embedded within a detailed understanding of reptile and amphibian biology.
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Professor Mary O'Kane AC
Professor Mary O’Kane AC is the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, a company director, and Executive Chairman of O’Kane Associates, a Sydney-based consulting practice specialising in government reviews and research and innovation matters.
She is also Chair of the boards of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information, the Space Environment Management Cooperative Research Centre and the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. She is also a director of the New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute, Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre and Business Events Sydney.
Professor O’Kane was Vice-Chancellor and Rector of the University of Adelaide from 1996-2001. She is a former Chair of the board of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, a former member of the Commonwealth’s Review of the National Innovation System, the Australian Research Council and the Cooperative Research Centres Committee, the board of FH Faulding & Co Ltd and the board of CSIRO. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia.
The role of the Chief Scientist & Engineer
The Chief Scientist & Engineer, a three day per week position, has two main aspects:
1) to foster and encourage a lively state innovation system particularly by promoting productive links between business, the professions, universities and government
2) to provide independent advice on how to address (often wicked) policy problems that involve engineering or science. Examples include coal seam gas, sea level rise, road tunnel air quality and coal dust emissions.
As NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer, Professor O'Kane consults widely with academia, industry and government to ensure knowledge and research can be adapted and used to benefit NSW.
She gives many speeches in her role promoting and encouraging innovation, research and development in NSW.
Professor O'Kane produces a large number of reports containing government-commissioned advice on various policy issues.