2021 Derrick Mackerras Memorial Lecture

Presented by 
Professor Hugh Possingham,
Queensland Chief Scientist

This year’s lecture will be a hybrid event, with in-person and online registration options available as seating is limited.

The lecture will be followed by a cocktail reception from 3pm-4pm for in-person registrants.

In-person registrations are closed, but online registrations are still available.

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The trials and tribulations of deploying decision science for delivering conservation outcomes: similarities with health?


Research into conservation science is booming, and is now routinely covered in the world’s top journals. Indeed, Australia has six of the 21 most prolific publishers in top conservation science journals globally. Like medical research we are a mission driven multi-disciplinary research discipline. In this talk I will discuss some of the challenges of communicating conservation research to policy-makers and managers, especially in the context of cognitive traps in decision-making, which I am guessing are the same in health. I will draw out the similarities between health and conservation throughout.

About the Speaker

Professor Hugh Possingham became Queensland Chief Scientist in September 2020. He is a conservation scientist and mathematician who has held positions in the university, public and not-for profit sectors.  He is a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. He completed his PhD at Oxford University in 1987 as a Rhodes Scholar and was most recently the Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organisation operating in 79 countries. Winner of two Eureka Prizes, his most significant contribution to conservation was the co-development of Marxan, software first used to rezone the Great Barrier Reef, and now used in almost every country in the world to inform the expansion of their marine and terrestrial protected area systems. Hugh has worked with all levels of government and many not-for-profit organisations, pro bono, to improve the state of Australia’s threatened species and habitats. He is currently on the board of directors of BirdLife Australia. He has supervised over 200 honours students, doctoral candidates and postdoctoral fellows. He has published >650 peer-reviewed publications, >30 in Nature and Science.

3 December 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm
QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 300 Herston Rd, Herston QLD