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SMIG EventGlobal warming and recurrent mass coral

Professor Terry Hughes (pictured right) is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and ARC Laureate Fellow at James Cook University, Townsville. In December 2016 he was recognised by Nature Magazine as one of the ten people who mattered this year. His cover feature on Mass Coral Bleaching in Nature is out now.

In this seminar, Prof Hughes will discuss how recent record temperatures have triggered a pan-tropical episode of coral bleaching, the third largest event on a global scale since mass bleaching was first documented in 80s. Unprecedented bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef in 1998, 2002 and now 2016, calls for immediate global action to curb future warming, if we are to secure a future for our coral reefs.

Date: Thursday 6th April, 2017

Time: 3pm for 3.30pm

Venue: Panizzi Room, UOW Library (main campus)

Join us for this critical seminar on sustaining our coastal and marine zones.  Light refreshments will be served.

Register via Eventbrite by 3 April, 2017.

For further information please email globalchallenges@uow.edu.au or download the flyer.

Past Events

SMIG EventSouthern Manufacturers Innovation Group

Each quarter organisations from the region get together to discuss challenges and opportunities in manufacturing. SMIG provides the forum for these local manufacturers to network with UOW researchers about addressing issues facing the area and how we can work together to transform the region.

The next forum will be held on the 15 March, 2017.

• Connect, collaborate, innovate
• Network with manufacturers & researchers
• Keep abreast of industry & research developments in Robotics and Automation

SMIG is supported by UOW’s new Advantage SME program. Advantage SME is supported by the NSW Government Boosting Business Innovation Program to encourage greater interaction between regional SMEs and UOW.

For details about joining SMIG please contact: Bruce Thomson, Business Development Manager, Innovation and Commercial Research

For more information download SMIG flyer.

Subscribe to Advantage SME to keep in the loop of upcoming Advantage SME events and news.

Launching a Blue Economy 300 by 200 BLaunching a Blue Economy

A series of workshops will be held to help identify the skills and capabilities that exist within our University and region which could assist in achieving the vision of "A Blue Economy." Information gathered will be used to inform the development of a draft Blue Economy ‘roadmap’ to be used as the basis for discussion and negotiation with relevant industry and regulatory sectors. It will also help facilitate and support new and emerging research collaborations across the University which may also benefit other regions looking to develop a Blue Economy.

UOW researchers are invited to get involved by attending one (or more) upcoming focus groups relating to key aspects of a potential Blue Economy in the Illawarra and South Coast region. These groups will discuss the ways in which the social, economic and environmental contributions of these sectors to the region could be developed or improved, and the role that UOW could play in this.

24 November: Ecosystem Protection, Management and Enjoyment (including ecosystem services, passive use, recreation and tourism)

29 November: Blue Coastal Zone Management (incorporating coastal development, hazard management and wastewater and sewage)

02 December: Defence and Surveillance

06 December: Blue Industry and Energy Production (incorporating deep sea mining, ocean based renewables, desalinisation and maritime infrastructure and industry (including ports))

08 December: Blue Harvesting - Fisheries and Aquaculture

For further details or to register your interest, please contact Michelle Voyer on 02 4221 4653 or mvoyer@uow.edu.au

A Conversation with...Professor Hilary Bambrick

As part of Global Climate Change Week at UOW, join us for A Conversation with Hilary Bambrick to discuss the "Four Horsemen of Global Climate Change".

Hilary BambrickHilary Bambrick (pictured right) is Professor and Chair of Population Health at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, and councillor with Australia’s Climate Council. She is an environmental epidemiologist and bioanthropologist whose research focuses on the health impacts of climate variability and change, especially on more vulnerable populations, and climate adaptation to improve health. Read more.

When: 3.30pm - 5pm, 11th October  2016

Where: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Training Room, Building 237, University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus, Squires Way, North Wollongong. Download map here.  

RSVP: globalchallenges@uow.edu.au 

Download the flyer here or find out more about GCCW Events.

Visit Global Climate Change Week, and learn more about UOW's Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.

Please note this venue has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia which represents 'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable building practices.  It is also set to become the first building in Australia to become certified under The Living Building Challenge.

SMIG EventSouthern Manufacturers Innovation Group

Each quarter organisations from the region get together to discuss challenges and opportunities in manufacturing.  SMIG provides the forum for these local manufacturers to network with UOW researchers about addressing issues facing the area and how we can work together to transform the region.

The next forum will be held in October with the final event held in early December.

Date: Wednesday, 26 October, 2016

Time: 4pm - 7pm

Venue: iAccelerate

For more details please email: globalchallenges@uow.edu.au


Driving and Dementia Workshops

The University of Wollongong in partnership with the Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSC) will be conducting a series of Driving and Dementia workshops in September for GPs, Nurses and Allied Health professionals.

The workshops will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of approaches to dementia and driving retirement. Participants will learn how to support informed decisions by individuals with early dementia diagnosis, in partnership with their GPs, other practitioners, family members and carers. The Dementia and Driving Decision Aid booklet will be provided to all participants at the workshop. For more detailed information about the workshops click on the relevant workshop location in the attached flyer.

Workshops will be held in Warrnambool, VIC (12 September), Maroochydore, QLD (15 September), Merimbula (19 September) and Katoomba (20 September, NSW. 

When: 6pm - 9pm, various dates in September 2016 (NB: check flyer for exact time)

Where: Download the Dementia & Driving Workshop flyer for further details

If you would like any additional information about the Driving and Dementia project please email Nadine Veerhuis or visit our project website

Challenge-led Research: A Global Perspective

Professor Judy Raper, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at the University of Wollongong, is pleased to invite you to join experts from Australia and the UK for a lively discussion of challenge-led interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability research, their promises and pitfalls.

In our rapidly changing higher-education landscape, characterised by funding uncertainty and a heightened need to demonstrate the relevance of academic pursuits, is it possible to develop research programs that marry scholarly excellence with broader social and sustainability goals? Challenge-led research is an exciting new approach, but does it fit with the principles of academic freedom and ‘blue sky’ research, and how might that research be funded?

Internationally respected research leaders with expertise in developing major challenge-led research programs will share their own experiences and reflections. Discover the mercurial art of bringing together unlikely collaborators from truly diverse scholarly backgrounds to work together on research that addresses pressing sustainability problems.

When: 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Wednesday, 31st August, 2016

Where: RSA House - Durham Street Auditorium - 8 John Adam Street, London, 6EZ, United Kingdom

Register: Event Brite

More information email globalchallenges@uow.edu.au


Interdisciplinary Pathways To Antarctica

Antarctica Symposium FlyerAt the one-day symposium, UOW researchers and experts in the field will explore the many challenges posed by human interaction with Antarctica.

Keynote speakers and presenters will be announced closer to the date. 

When: Tuesday, August 9, 8.45am to 5pm

Where: Leon Kane-Maguire Theatre

Level One AIIM Building

Innovation Campus 

Register at Event Brite.

This event is open to the public at a cost of $50.

Southern Manufacturing Innovation Group

SMIG EventA series of ongoing networking events has been established to provide a forum for manufacturers in the region and researchers from UOW to connect, collaborate and innovate.

The second meeting for the year will be held on:

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm

4:00 to 4:30pm - tour of SBRC for industry members 
4:30 to 6:30pm - workshop officially opens with presentations on local industry initiatives & UOW research in the field
6:30 to 7:00pm - networking, drinks and nibbles

Venue: Foyer, Building 237, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), Innovation Campus, Squires Way,     North Wollongong NSW 2500

RSVP: Friday, 15 July 2016 to SMIG RSVP (also confirming any dietary requirements)


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