National Science Week 2009

Science at the Ekka at the National Science Week Pavilion.

INTECOL will extend ecological debate and presentations into the public realm in Brisbane. Public scientific events during the conference will be held in conjunction with National Science Week Delegates and their families are encouraged to get involved in the scientific culture of Brisbane.

Public posters at Queensland Museum South Bank

INTECOL delegates will communicate their work to the public in the Queensland Museum South Bank during National Science Week. Look out for signs for this event at the museum.

MONDAY 17th August 2009
The Science of Sustaining our Urban Landscapes

A public lecture & panel debate focused on Urban Ecology, sustainable urban planning and development and the responsibility of ecologists in securing our future. In collaboration with BrisScience and supported by the Brisbane City Council.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Mark McDonnell – Director, Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology
  • Dr Darryl Jones – Director, Centre for Innovation Conservation Strategies, Griffith University
  • Prof. Cliff Dorse, City of Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
  • Prof. Hugh Possingham – Director, The Ecology Centre, The University of Queensland as MC

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00 pm (Doors open at 6pm).
Venue: Ithaca Auditorium, Brisbane City Hall
Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles following the talk, and speakers will be available to answer any questions.
Questions? Contact Lynelle (

TUESDAY 18 August 2009
Australian Rivers Institute Special Lecture 2009

Professor Stuary Bunn, Director, Australian Rivers Institute

Invites you to the Australian Rivers Institute 2009 Special Lecture, presented by:

Mr Rob Freeman (Chief Exectutive, Murray – Darling Basin Authority) and
Dr Cliff Dahn (Lead Scientist, CALFED Bay-Delta Program, California)

The presentations will focus on the role of science in integrated river basin management.

This special event is dedicated to the memory of the visionary environmental scientist Professor Peter Cullen, AO, FTSE.  Vicky Cullen will give a brief overview of Professor Cullen’s inspirational work as an introduction to the lecture.

Time: 5.00pm registration (5.30pm start) – 7pm
Venue: Ithaca Room, Brisbane City Hall (entry from either King George Square or Ann Street)
RSVP: Monday 10 August 2009 to Tanya Tabolkina –

Please direct questions about this event to Gina Palmer, Institute Manager (07) 3735 7510

A networking function will immediately follow the lecture.

THURSDAY 20th August 2009
Nature – sell it to save it?

BYO brain, sense of humour and healthy appetite for controversy to the Plough Inn for the INTECOL BYO Science night.  Will the Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme work? Should we sell biodiversity? And if so, how much should it cost? And would we float it on the stock market?  These and many other curly questions on the commercial value of nature and our future within it will be bandied around and debated with some big names in ecology, and expertly handled by the ABC’s Bernie Hobbs. In collaboration with Australian Science Communicators, and supported by the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation.

Speakers include:

    • Prof. Hugh Possingham from the University of Queensland
    • Dr Stefan Hajkowicz from CSIRO’s  Sustainable Ecosystems
    • Dr Nicola Markus from Bush Heritage Australia.

Time: 6:30pm to 8:00 pm.
Venue: The Plough Inn, South Bank. The Plough Inn has great meals, and event will be a cabaret style panel with complimentary nibbles. Drinks at bar prices.
See: Econnect

FRIDAY 21st August 2009
Science, Fame and (mis)Fortune

Meet some of the world’s most famous scientists with Australian filmmaker and science communicator Bobby Cerini. Enter the lives and living rooms of influential minds like David Attenborough, Sir Patrick Moore, David Suzuki, Sir Gustav Nossal, Tim Flannery and others.  As well as being privy to some telling interviews with these names, come and be part of the audience for a live interview with the Queensland Museum’s very own Scott Hocknull, dinosaur chaser, geosciences curator and 2002 Young Australian of the Year. As part of the National Scinema film festival, this event is a must for science enthusiasts, science communicators and inquisitive minds! In collaboration with National Science Week, SCINEMA and Queensland Museum South Bank.

Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Doors open just before 6pm).
Venue: Theatre, Level 2, Queensland Museum South Bank.
Refreshments: There will be complimentary drinks and nibbles following the talk, and Bobby will be available to answer questions.
RSVP to by the 19th of August for catering purposes.