Climate change frustration: What role the public scientist?

desert, bleached coral and bushfire

Professor Lesley Hughes will offer a personal perspective when she presents ‘Climate change frustration: What role the public scientist?’

When
22 November 2017 - 22 November 2017
Time
7:30am - 9:30am
Address Details
Parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer invites you to join her at The Science & Research Breakfast Seminar with Professor Lesley Hughes, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development) at Macquarie University.

Unprecedented coral bleaching, record low sea ice levels, vanishing glaciers, devastating floods, extreme droughts and catastrophic bushfires are just some of the recent manifestations of a disrupted climate system worldwide.

While investment in new renewable energy has overtaken that in fossil fuels, many people have expressed frustration at the slow pace of change and the apparent inability of many decision makers to grasp the urgency and scale of action needed.

What role do scientists have in this policy debate? Should we simply aim to provide the facts and figures to underpin policy or be active advocates of change?

Professor Lesley Hughes will offer a personal perspective when she presents ‘Climate change frustration: What role the public scientist?’

Professor Lesley HughesLesley Hughes is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity & Development) at Macquarie University. Her research has mainly focused on the impacts of climate change on species and natural ecosystems.

Lesley is a former lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 4th and 5th Assessment Reports, a former federal Climate Commissioner and now a Councillor with the Climate Council of Australia.

She is also a Director for WWF Australia, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, the Director of the Biodiversity Node for the NSW Adaptation Hub and a member of the expert advisory committee for Future Earth Australia.

Lesley’s work with the Climate Commission, Climate Council and other bodies has led to a great interest in the way in which science, and in particular, climate change science, is communicated to the public and to policy makers, and how this might be improved.

2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series

The 2017 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am. Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.

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