Social Science Week is a national platform for social science researchers to engage with non-academic audiences to share their research and discuss key social science issues. This year CSU, and several ILWS social science researchers will be hosting a range of events and activities during September 9-15. For further details on CSU events and the full program https://socialsciencesweek.com.au/
Building on networks/collaborations established at the 2018 Fish Passage conference, a "Workshop on resilience in semi-arid landscapes of South Africa and Australia" will be delivered by Institute and the University of Mpumalanga in October.
ILWS team funding will be used to cover some of the costs of running the workshop including the travel costs to bring five experts from South Africa (which will include Dr Gordon O’Brien). Their visit will begin with workshops to scope existing work, emerging opportunities and project ideas at CSU’s Albury-Wodonga campus, October 8-9. In attendance will be a number of the Institute’s aquatic and terrestrial ecologists, and invitees from NRM agencies. The workshops will be followed by field visits, October 10 to 12.
“We are looking at collaborative opportunities between South Africa National Parks, ILWS, NSW DPI and the University of Mpumalanga, looking at where we may be able to work together in the aquatic/terrestrial space,” says Dr Lee Baumgartner.
Associate Professor Maree Bernoth and Professor Marguerite Bramble (School of Nursing, Midwifery & Indigenous Health) are on the Scientific Committee and the conference organising committee for the Australasian Association of Gerontology Conference, to be held in Sydney, November 5 to 8. The conference's theme is “New Ways of Knowing and Acting”. It encompasses a broad range of disciplines related to ageing – engineering, ICT, architecture, culture, intimacy, art, clinical, sociology, climate change, environment, farming, significance of animals and more. More information at https://www.aag.asn.au/national-conference/2019-conference.
Social and online media where citizens articulate their thinking and attitudes have been shown to yield valuable insights for policymakers and communicators in health, environmental management, education and other domains.
This symposium which aims to advance understanding of ways that public authorities can improve their decision-making and policy by closely analysing social media is being organised by Insitute members Associate Professor Peter Simmons and PhD student Kane Callaghan, with guest speakers including ILWS researcher Dr Michael Mehmet, Dr Kelsey Chalmers from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, Dr Rachael Dodd, School of Public Health, Uni Sydney and more. Details and registration information here.
"University researchers have a role to play in working with public authorities to develop effective and efficient approaches to gathering and analysing insights from social media that are useful in policy development" says A/Prof Peter Simmons.
The theme of this year's conference, to be held in Wodonga, November 18-20, is "Creating resilience through NRM - how do we do it?" For more information go to https://nrmregionsaustralia.com.au/2019-nrm-knowledge-conference/