OzBio2010 - International Conference on “Molecules of life: from discovery to biotechnology” to take place in Melbourne 26 September to 1 October 2010.

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Key Dates

On-site Poster Abstract Submission Deadline
Extended to 20 September, 2010
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End of Earlybird Registration Deadline
Extended to 30 June, 2010
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Guaranteed Hotel Reservation Deadline
26 July, 2010
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OzBio2010 Public Forum

WEDNESDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2010 1830-2000

This public forum does not require registration and is free of charge.

The Media Release of the OzBio2010 Public Forum can be downloaded from here.


Sponsored by ANZAAS, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, Bio21 University of Melbourne and The Victorian Government

Location: Plenary Hall 2, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
Co-ordinator: Professor David Vaux, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science, VIC
Email: d.vaux@latrobe.edu.au

The program will consist of the 3 panel members who will give a 10-15 minute talk, and the rest of the time will be questions and answers, and general discussion.

18:30 Introduction:
Moderator / Host: Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams AM is a science journalist and broadcaster who has hosted the Science Show on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since 1975, Ockham's Razor (created 1984) and In Conversation (created 1997).

Robyn Williams was born in Wales, and educated in London and Vienna. He graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree. During this period he was active in university acting and, like many other notable students, made (guest) appearances in the BBC series The Goodies, Monty Python's Flying Circus and Doctor Who.

Speaker / Panel Member 1:
Dr Deborah O’Connell, Sustainable Ecosystems, CSIRO, Canberra ACT Australia
"Energy from Biomass"
Dr O'Connell currently leads a major interdisciplinary team of 20 scientists on a project entitled Sustainable Biomass Production for Biofuels and Bioenergy in Australia: Can biomass provide low emission fuel and energy without compromising food, water and biosecurity? She has specialised in the emerging area of 'integration' science and systems analysis to provide insight into complex issues. This requires integrating multiple disciplines, being able to elicit complex research questions and provide tractable research approaches that draw on different forms of knowledge and skills. Since 2005 Dr O'Connell has led the CSIRO team that produced a series of industry reports including the high profile report Biofuels in Australia – an overview of issues and prospects. These reports have set the agenda for biofuels and bioenergy research in Australia.
Speaker / Panel Member 2
A/Prof Kirsten Heimann, James Cook University, QLD., Australia
"Algae for biodiesel and CO2 removal"

A/Prof Kirsten Heimann
Director of the North Queensland Algal Identification/Culturing Facility (NQAIF)

Kirsten Heimann is the director of the North Queensland Algal Identification/Culturing Facility within the School of Marine and Tropcial Biology at James Cook University, Townsville, Australia and leads a microalgal research team focusing on ecotoxicology and the development of microalgae for the commercial production of fertilizers, animal feeds, neutraceuticals, and biofuels. She has published extensively in diverse research areas in high ranking journals including Nature, Molecular Biology of the Cell, and Journal of Biological Chemistry. Kirsten’s research and teaching has won several awards, the most recent the Queensland Smart Women – Smart State Award for Research Excellence in 2008.

Speaker / Panel Member 3
Professor Lucas van Zwieten, Department of Primary Industry, NSW, Australia
"Biochar for energy production and carbon sequestration"

Lucas van Zwieten (PhD) is a Principal Research Scientist with NSW Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and adjunct Professor at the National Centre for Rural Greenhouse Gas Research, University of New England. Research on biochar is internationally acclaimed through the 2007 United Nations association of Australia World Environment Day Award “Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge”. Work has been shown on ABCs Catalyst program (2007), a CNN “special report” in 2008, BBCs ecopolis in 2009 and ABCs Landline in 2009. Findings from his research have been published in the “Financial Review,” “Sydney Morning Herald” and “the Age” business sections. He is currently supervising 3 PhD students and manages over 200 field plots testing biochar in Australia, and is a project collaborator on the National DAFF biochar project administered by the CSIRO. Lucas also works on risk assessment and remediation of chemicals in the environment.

Speaker / Panel Member 4
Professor Tim Flannery
Faculty of Science, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
“Here on Earth”

Tim Flannery is one of Australia’s leading thinkers and writers.

An Australian mammologist, palaeontologist and climate-change activist he is a scientist, explorer and conservationist and has published more than 130 peer-reviewed papers and many books, including the landmark works The Future Eaters and The Weather Makers. His major new book Here on Earth will be out in September 2010.

Currently Professor in the Faculty of Science at Macquarie University, he is Chair of the Australian Government’s Coasts and Climate Change Group, represents Australasia on the National Geographic Society Research Grant Committee and is a director of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. From 2006 to 2009 he was Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council. In 2007 he was named Australian of the Year.