Other Melbourne events

Native nature

Wheelchair Accessible Venue
Past event - 2019
22 May Doors open 6.30pm | Start time 7pm | End time 10pm
Royal Melbourne Hotel, 629 Bourke St, Melbourne,
Melbourne 3000
We can learn a lot from the natural world around us if we only take a chance to look and listen ...

Plants: they're awesome

Dr Freya Thomas (Research Fellow, RMIT University)
Are you plant blind? Do you fail to care about plants in your daily life? Do you love plants and want to talk plants constantly? Come on a colourful journey with a self-confessed plant lover who will show off some beautiful Victorian plant life.

Dr Freya Thomas is a Research Fellow at RMIT University working on a project about designing small green spaces in cities for humans and other biodiversity. She appreciates plants and likes trying to make other people love them too!

Rescuing our climate history

Dr Linden Ashcroft (Lecturer, University of Melbourne)
Historical weather observations have the potential to double the length of the datasets we currently use to monitor Australia's climate. Come, get a glimpse of recently recovered weather diaries that shed light on past, present and future climate change.

Dr Ashcroft is a climate scientist and science communicator lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and a current Superstar of STEM. Her research explores historical weather records to improve our understanding of past, present and future climate.

Why are wet soils in wetlands so different?

Dr Vanessa Wong (Senior Lecturer, Monash University)
They may be squishy, swampy and stinky, but wetlands are hotspots for biodiversity. Peek below the surface to discover how fluctuating water levels caused by tides and storms result in a dynamic soil environment above and below ground.

Dr Wong is a soil scientist and Federal Vice President of Soil Science Australia. She is Vice Chair of Acid Sulfate Soil Working Group in International Union of Soil Science, and Chair of the Early and Mid Career Research Forum of the Australian Academy of Science.