OUR JEWELLED SEAS: Future-Proofing the Great Barrier Reef

Concert Hall, QPAC

Summary

It’s five minutes to midnight and scientists are leaving no coral unturned to save the reef.

Coral reefs contribute considerably to Earth’s biodiversity, harbouring 25 per cent of all marine life. Beyond their breathtaking natural beauty, reefs also maintain ocean health and protect the shore from the sea.

Australia’s own jewelled wonder, the Great Barrier Reef is an integral part of the global reef system, contributes over 6 billion dollars annually to the economy and is deeply embedded in the Australian psyche. Sadly, the reef is facing several ongoing threats, with climate change at the top of the list. Back-to-back bleaching events in the past two years due to ocean warming have damaged significant areas and action on all fronts is needed now, more than ever.

Join our panel of experts to explore the state of these fragile ecosystems and how Australian and international science and innovation aims to limit, or even mitigate further damage.

See Ove Hoegh-Guldberg at OUR JEWELLED SEAS: Future-Proofing the Great Barrier Reef.

OUR JEWELLED SEAS: Future-Proofing the Great Barrier Reef is presented in conjunction with Academic Partner The University of Queensland.

This event will be signed by a professional Auslan interpreter.

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Paul Willis

Moderator

Paul Willis

Paul Willis' life has centred around telling stories for science, which has seen him on television across the country with the ABC and acting as Director at the Royal Institution...

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Paul Falkowski

Participant

Paul Falkowski

Paul Falkowski is the Bennett L. Smith Professor of Business and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. Born and raised in New York City, Paul earned his BS. and MSc degrees...

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Traceylee Forester

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Traceylee Forester

Traceylee is a Traditional Owner of Northern Queensland. She is from the Lama Lama Clan of Cape York and also the Nywaigi Clan located near Ingham. She has spent the...

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Madeleine van Oppen

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Madeleine van Oppen

Madeleine van Oppen is an ecological geneticist with an interest in microbial symbioses and climate change adaptation in reef corals. Her early career focused on evolutionary and population genetics of...

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Gavin Singleton

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Gavin Singleton

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Liz Wren

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Liz Wren

Liz Wren is passionate about creating positive impacts for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owners. Liz has heritage from the Trobriand Islands; Eastern Torres Strait, and Western NSW but...

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Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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