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Planetary Boundaries and Sustainable Futures
Date:
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 17:30
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Dr Will Steffen
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
There is an urgent need for a new paradigm that integrates the continued development of human societies and the maintenance of the Earth System in a resilient and accommodating state. The planetary boundary framework contributes to such a paradigm by providing a science-based analysis of the risk that human perturbations will destabilize the Earth System at the planetary scale. The planetary boundary concept, introduced in 2009, and updated in 2015, aims to define the environmental limits within which humanity can safely operate. Come and hear from Dr Will Steffen, Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University (ANU), on the nine planetary boundaries, their interdependencies, and why an understanding of planetary boundaries is important to engineering a sustainable future.
Recovered Glass Sand as Pipe Embedment
Date:
Monday, February 15, 2021 - 12:30
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Venue:
Synopsis:
Glass is an inert, endlessly recyclable material, yet it is all too often sent to landfills throughout Australia never to be reused or recycled. Typically, because of a lack of viable local end-users. Recovered glass sand is one potential product that can be derived from recycled glass containers. Recently, Icon Water has approved recovered glass sand for use as pipe embedment on its sewer network. Similar products can also be widely used for other infrastructure and civil engineering applications. Come and hear Joel Edwards, Sustainability and Resource Recovery Coordinator at ICON Water, discuss the journey from concept to reality, looking at product development, product specification, key requirements, and product uptake while highlighting the key lessons learnt along the way and detailing the future for the product.
Learning from Canberra’s Climate-Fuelled Summer of Crisis
Date:
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 16:00
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Dr Paul Bannister
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
In May 2019, the Australian Capital Territory recognised a state of ‘Climate Emergency’ that requires urgent action across all levels of Government and commits the Territory to “national and international leadership on climate change”. Seemingly on cue, the horrific summer of 2019-20 has underlined the stark reality that global heating is already directly impacting the quality and security of life in the ACT. In June 2020, the ACT Climate Change Council released a report outlining the main lessons from the summer period and provided recommendations they believe will assist the ACT Government in responding to the ongoing impacts of the Climate Emergency. The recommendations covered a wide range of policy areas, reflecting the wide range of material, social, health, and environmental effects that were demonstrated this past summer. Dr Paul Bannister will present the key findings from the report and discuss insights into the lessons we can learn from the trials of fire, smoke and hail that defined summer 2019-20 in Canberra.
Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Smart Grid and Decarbonising the Power Industry
Date:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 17:00
Event:
VIC Events
Presenter:
Professor Luis Ochoa, University of Melbourne and Ms Katie Brown, DELWP, Melbourne
Venue:
On Line
Synopsis:
This seminar will examine the technical and government policies of adopting DER and Smart Grid technologies from Australian perspective.
Engineering for Precision Agriculture
Date:
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 13:00
Event:
NSW Events
Presenter:
Prof Salah Sukkarieh, Dr Tim Parsons
Venue:
Live Online Webinar
Synopsis:
With the world population predicted to increase by 2 billion by 2050, there is an increasing need to produce more food with the same land area. Precision agriculture, sometimes described as the third agricultural revolution, uses new technologies to optimise the use of inputs such as water, fertiliser and fuel in farming, leading to improved yields and reduced inputs and cost. Some of the technologies used include robotics, big data, satellite imagery, drones and internet of things devices. Precision agriculture has been identified as a key technology in the transition to sustainable agriculture, for both high and low income countries. Our two speakers are both innovators pioneering engineering solutions for precision agriculture applications. This talk promises to be an inspiring look at this emerging area of practice. About the Speakers Prof Salah Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems at the University of Sydney, and CEO of Agerris, a new Agtech startup company developing autonomous robotic solutions to improve agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability. Dr Tim Parson is chief technical officer and design central facilitator from Food Agility CRC, a $150million+ innovation hub that is creating new digital technologies and services to benefit the Australian agrifood industry.
A Study of the Implications of Different Electric Vehicle (EV) Uptake Scenarios in WA
Date:
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:00
Event:
W.A. Events
Presenter:
Khush Dodhia-Shah
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
This presentation is from the speaker's thesis which looks at different electric vehicle (EV) case studies in WA, relating an EV attributed electric load at different market penetrations of EVs in WA, and how the South-West Interconnected System (SWIS - the WA power grid) will deal with that. Several factors are considered including usage behaviours of EV drivers to understand the impact across SWIS daily load curves, considering peak demand and capacity. It is done in the form of a model which combines the variables and outputs the daily grid demands that will need to be met under the various scenarios.
Rapid Transition to Green Hydrogen
Date:
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 17:30
Event:
VIC Events
Presenter:
Ms Claire Johnson, Dr. Attilio Pigneri, Professor Evan Gray
Venue:
On-Line
Synopsis:
Australia’s hydrogen sector is quickly gathering pace with unprecedented levels of interest from industry backed by enthusiastic governments. Claire will present the key projects, players and motives behind hydrogen’s rapid ascent, including the international landscape driving Australia’s great hydrogen hope.
Quarterly Carbon Market Report - Trends and Opportunities
Date:
Friday, September 18, 2020 - 15:00
Event:
ACT Events
Presenter:
Mark Williamson
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
The Clean Energy Regulator’s Quarterly Carbon Market Report provides a regular view of supply and demand across the carbon markets they administer - large scale generation certificates, small scale technology certificates, and Australian Carbon Credit Units - and explores key factors that influence market performance. The Report from Quarter 1 2020 shows emissions reduction and renewables performed strongly and the renewable energy and emissions reduction industries have shown resilience despite the economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Come and hear from Mark Williamson, Executive General Manager of the Clean Energy Regulator, on the highlights from the Quarter 2 report and the trends and opportunities in Australia’s carbon markets.
Fire, flood, storm and cyclone: applying science to the challenge
Date:
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 16:00
Event:
W.A. Events
Presenter:
Dr Alan Finkel
Venue:
Webinar
Synopsis:
The tragic and destructive bushfires of the 2019-2020 Black Summer across south-eastern Australia pose a range of challenges for the nation’s scientists. In the face of the combined forces of nature, climate, demographics, and limited resources, can science make a real difference? What sort of research do we need to do now to prepare us for the natural hazard impacts of tomorrow? The value of research in solving such national problems is the focus of an annual oration next month, to be delivered in a live webinar by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel. The free public talk – Fire, flood, storm and cyclone: applying science to the challenge - is on Wednesday 19 August from 4-5pm (AEST) and is presented by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre as part of National Science Week.
Climate Change Challenges – An Engineering Perspective
Date:
Friday, July 24, 2020 - 12:00
Event:
W.A. Events
Presenter:
Venue:
National Webinar
Synopsis:
This online collaborative event, jointly organised by Engineers Australia and the UWA Public Policy Institute, will bring together engineering professionals and researchers to explore the challenges presented by climate change and the likely impacts on engineering standards, training and policy.

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