TERN Annual Symposia and the ACEAS Great Debate PDF Print E-mail
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The 2012 annual TERN Symposium "Leading by Example: research and management impacts of shared ecosystem data" was held in Adelaide at the National Wine Centre on the 28 and 29 March.

For ACEAS the week began with the Grand ACEAS Workshop on March 26, at which members of several ACEAS groups met together and compared notes around the themes of Extinction and Landscape Transformation. Corey Bradshaw led the group in preparing a 29-author paper titled 'Brave new green world - the costs and benefits of a carbon economy for the conservation of Australian biodiversity'. We wait eagerly for publication news.


This was followed by the Great ACEAS debate at the Royal Institution of Australia on the controversial topic 'Will European land-use devastate Australia's unique biodiversity?'

This debate can be viewed here, and it continues to delight!



The ACEAS Great Debate: Will European land use devastate Australia’s unique biodiversity? from RiAus on Vimeo.


The ACEAS Great Debate: Will European land use devastate Australia’s unique biodiversity? - Q&A from RiAus on Vimeo.

Some of the highlights of the Symposium, apart from hearing about and contributing to TERN activities, were a keynote talk by Dr Steve Morton, author of the seminal paper, 'The big ecological questions inhibiting effective environmental management in Australia' (Austral Ecology, 2009), Dr Xavier le Roux who was a key player in the establishment of the Centre for Ecological Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity (CESAB) in France, and Prof. Bill Michener from DataONE.



In 2011 the Symposium was held in Melbourne on the 29-30 March on the theme: Sustaining Long-Term Ecosystem Research and Infrastructure

The objectives of the 2011 symposium were to present and assess how TERN will enable the successful development of a sustainable and collaborative long-term ecosystem research network for Australia.


Details on the Symposium including viewable presentations by all speakers, including those of the two keynote speakers, Prof. Bill Dennison of the University of Maryland, and Dr Steve Kelling of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology are available on the TERN web site.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 May 2013 18:55