ATSE & UUSC Luncheon – Confronting Extremes: how the Australian environment is changing

Event details

Wednesday 23 February 2022

12.00pm AEDT Lunch
12.30pm AEDT Presentation starts


Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE

Location for in-person event

Union University & Schools Club of Sydney
25 Bent Street
Sydney NSW 2000


Presented by ATSE & UUSC Luncheon Series
Open to all ATSE Fellows & Guests

Date: 23 February 2022

12.00 noon AEDT for lunch
12.30pm AEDT for Zoom

Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE

ATSE and UUSC are delighted to announce an outstanding Speaker for the first of our 2022 events in the ATSE-UUSC Luncheon Series, now in its 9th year.

In recognition of her influence on the future wellbeing of all Australians through state and federal environmental science, policy, and management, our first speaker will be Prof. Emma Johnston AO FTSE FRSN, Dean of Science at UNSW.

Prof. Johnston is an international authority on marine ecology, and importantly, a Chief Author of the Federal Government’s landmark ‘State of the Environment Report 2021’.

In-person at the UUSC on 23 February 2022, Prof. Johnston will provide a robust account of the current state and pressures on the Australian environment at this timely and important lunch.

Join us for this unique opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for our nation. There will be opportunity for Q&A following the presentation.


Open to all Fellows and their guests. Fellows are encouraged to circulate the event information to any guests* they would like to attend.

To attend the event please register early to avoid disappointment as the venue has limited capacity.

*Guests must indicate during registration the Fellow they are a guest of.

Emma Johnston Portrait _2020SQUARE
Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE

Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney

Professor Emma Johnston AO FTSE FRSN is Dean of Science and Professor of Marine Ecology and Ecotoxicology at UNSW Sydney. She studies human impacts in marine ecosystems from a range of stressors including stormwater, plastic pollution, and organic enrichment. A highly awarded scientist, educator and communicator, Professor Johnston has published more than 168 peer-reviewed articles and supervised 28 successful PhD graduates. She is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and her awards include the Australian Academy of Science’s inaugural Nancy Millis Medal, the Royal Society of New South Wales Clark Medal, the Eureka prize for Science Communication, and in 2018 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA). Professor Johnston is a national advocate for the Science Technology sector and is currently Co-Chief Author of the Australian Government’s State of Environment Report.  She is Past President of Science & Technology Australia and a Director on the Board of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.  She consults with industry through the development and implementation of new biomonitoring and ecological engineering techniques as well as being a highly sought-after science communicator.