Debate to address hot topics in conservation biology 

The likes of Professor Andrew Campbell, Dr Rod Kennett, Ms Clare Martin and Dr Linda Ford will join the debate “Conservation does not need any more research” at Oceania 2012

 Charles Darwin University academics will join experts and opinion leaders in a debate this week about some of the hottest topics in conservation biology.

The Chief Research Scientist at CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences, Professor Alan Andersen, said the debate, part of The Society for Conservation Biology’s Oceania 2012 conference, would raise awareness and promote discussion of a topical and contentious issue in conservation biology.

“The extent to which conservation management is limited by scientific knowledge, rather than policy and practice, is a hot topic in conservation biology,” Professor Andersen said.

Hosted by CDU’s Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods (RIEL), the debate is a feature of a wider program of symposia and workshops addressing issues in conservation biology in the Oceanic region.

Entitled “Conservation does not need any more research”, speakers in the debate will include RIEL’s Director Professor Andrew Campbell, North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance’s Dr Rod Kennett, The Northern Institute’s Clare Martin and Dr Linda Ford.

ABC Local Radio Presenter Richard Margetson will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The debate will be held at 6:00pm – 6:45pm on Saturday 22 September in the Mal Nairn Auditorium on Casuarina campus, and will be followed by a BBQ and a free concert by local act B2M.

Oceania 2012 will take place from 21 – 23 September 2012 at CDU’s Casuarina campus and is open to the public.

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