In late 2019, fire ripped through large swathes of Australia and the world was watching on, horrified. Even though fires are relatively commonplace in Australia – in fact we declare it “Bushfire season” – something was different this time. Fingers are pointing towards climate change – but is there more? This special event will shine the spotlight on the effects of the recent devastating fires and the outcomes for biodiversity, health and human behaviour. Hear from an expert panel as they debunk the myths and explore how we as individuals and as a society can better protect our communities and our environments.
This special event is presented by World Science Festival Brisbane and the Australian Academy of Science in association with QPAC.
All profits will be donated to Australian Red Cross and Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service – WIRES
Michael-Shawn Fletcher is a descendant of the Wiradjuri and a geographer interested in the long-term interactions between humans, climate, disturbance, vegetation and landscapes in the Southern Hemisphere with a particular...View Profile
David Bowman holds a research chair in Pyrogeography and Fire Science in the School of Natural Sciences and is the Director of the Fire Centre at the University of Tasmania....View Profile
Rachael Nolan is a research fellow at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University. Rachael’s research focus is twofold: 1) quantifying changes in forest flammability through space...View Profile
Dale Nimmo is an Associate Professor in Ecology at Charles Sturt University, with expertise in fire ecology, wildlife ecology, and ecological modelling. Dale completed his PhD in 2011 on the...View Profile
Anna-Maria is Chief Executive of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), an independent organisation that provides authoritative and influential scientific advice, represents Australia on key international scientific bodies and builds...View Profile
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