Launch of National Science Week presentations 


Professor Grahame Webb and Dr Garry Cook will make presentations at the launch of National Science Week on Friday 15 August from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Professor Webb, chair of the NT Research and Innovation Board, presents ‘Predicting the future - A wicked problem', and Dr Cook presents ‘Planet Earth - Planet of change’.

Professor Webb began researching reptiles in the late 1960s, and since the ‘70s has been actively involved in the conservation and management of wildlife resources.

He is regarded as one of the world's leading authorities on crocodilian research and management, and on the concept of conserving wildlife through sustainable use programs.

For his contribution to a new vision for wildlife conservation based on sustainable use Professor Webb was awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Award in 2001, and 2003 an Australian Centenary Medal for his contribution to crocodile research and to the establishment of Darwin’s Essington School.

Dr Cook is a savanna ecologist with interests in soil and landscape processes, fire ecology and vegetation dynamics. He currently co-leads a Tropical Savannas Management CRC project on monitoring and managing structural change in woody vegetation in northern Australian savannas.

A graduate of The University of Queensland, Dr Cook returned to Darwin in 1988 to work with CSIRO on the Kapalga fire experiment in Kakadu National Park.

These presentations take place in the Mal Nairn Auditorium, Casuarina campus, Charles Darwin University.

Afternoon tea will follow the presentations so please RSVP for catering purposes by Monday 11 August to Paul Lyons, CSIRO SEC Manager, phone 8944 8494 or email