BrisScience is presenting The University of Queensland’s annual Research Week Public Lecture*. This year’s talks are:
Engineering a quantum future
Speaker: Professor Gerard Milburn, ARC Federation Fellow
From the bronze age to the silicon age, the wealth of nations rises and falls on a tide of technological innovation. A century of basic science has demonstrated that we live in a quantum world, and a decade of cutting-edge developments suggest that it is possible to harness and control it in a variety of platforms. I will introduce the new field of Quantum Engineering and describe some applications that will dominate the future of high tech in coming decades.
Is conservation too conservative?
Speaker: Professor Hugh Possingham, ARC Federation Fellow
Global biodiversity is in decline. Australia signed an international treaty where we agreed to slow species loss by 2010. We have failed and extinction rates are 1000 times the “background” rate. All in all it looks pretty grim for your 21st century greenie. Despite having successfully fought to partially stop many things: like old growth forest logging, overfishing, land clearing and the introduction of exotic species, it seems we are still losing. In this talk I will suggest a new direction. Maybe rather than being on the back foot telling everyone else all the things they can’t do, we need to move onto the front foot. I illustrate the idea with some recent work from our research group that suggests bizarre actions like: selling national parks, creating a fungible biodiversity currency and moving species outside their “normal” distribution, might be worth a go.
*Please note If you wish to attend this event you will have to RSVP here by the 15th of September.