Understanding our planet in all its moods
In the last week of June, Melbourne will host one of the world’s largest meetings of earth scientists (IUGG2011). More than 3000 of the world’s experts will explore all the physical aspects of our planet, from deep in the Earth’s core to our place in space.
Learn about the big issues in earth sciences and the science underpinning the recent disasters directly from the people involved.
Given recent natural disasters—such as the Pakistan floods, Black Saturday bushfires, Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, 2010 Chile earthquake, Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano—the Earth seems ever more restless and destructive, and the impact on human life and infrastructure is increasingly heavy.
Thanks to Science in Public and VSSEC, a forum will be held at VSSEC to give students an opportunity to meet some of these experts, learn more about their work, and put their own ideas forward. A limited number of seats are available at VSSEC and up to 3 classes can join the conversation via video conference.
Date: Monday 27th June and Tuesday 28th June
Times: 10:00am; 12:00pm; 1:00pm; 2:00pm (some flexibility may be possible)
Duration: 45min (including time for questions and discussion)
The speaker list is still being finalised. Please contact Niall Byrne at Science in Public firstname.lastname@example.org or Naomi Mathers at VSSEC email@example.com to express your interest in joining a session. Please indicate if you would like to attend a session at VSSEC or join a video conference, your preferred time, class year level and area of interest if you have one.