2023 ATSE Victorian Division Commencement Dinner
The State of The Environment
Friday 17 February 2023
Time: 7:00pm AEDT
Location: RACV | Bourke Room, Level 2, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
The 6th national State of the Environment report published in July 2022 was a wakeup call for safeguarding Australia’s unique biodiversity. Since 2016, climate change, unsustainable development and resource use has increasingly threatened Australia’s species and ecosystems. How we manage and rely on ecosystems must shift through adequate investment, innovative management, and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners to reduce carbon emissions and reverse environmental decline.
Hear from world leading authority in marine science and Co-Chief Author of the State of Environment report Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FAA who will discuss the report’s key findings and the role the STEM sector can play to help create a biodiversity positive net zero economy.
Program (all times in AEDT)
7:00pm – Guest arrival
7:30pm – Entree served
7:45pm – Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FAA presentation “The State of The Environment: two steps forward, five steps back”
8:45pm – Main served
9:30pm – Tea and coffee served
10:00pm – Event conclusion / guests depart
Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FAA
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), The University of Sydney
Professor Johnston is a leading authority in marine ecology, a sustainability and diversity champion and a Chief Author of the Australian State of Environment Report 2021. Professor Johnston is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Sydney. She has held the roles of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dean of Science at UNSW, and is a past President of Science & Technology Australia (STA).
Professor Johnston has led major research projects for industry, government, the ARC and the Australian Antarctic Science Program and contributed to the development of national and international research priorities and plans. She is a Director of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Governor of the Ian Potter Foundation.
Professor Johnston was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2018 for distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes.