Dr Tatsuya Amano

Australian Research Council Future Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland; Deputy Director, Research, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science, University of Queensland

Dr Tatsuya Amano is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow based at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland, and is the Deputy Director in Research at the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science also at UQ. Tatsuya is committed to improving the way we conserve biodiversity, from the generation and interpretation of scientific evidence to the transfer of evidence to decisions and societies. His research interests include: identifying gaps in our efforts in conservation science, policy and practices, overcoming knowledge gaps with modelling approaches, and facilitating evidence-based conservation. He also has a strong interest in unveiling the importance of overcoming cultural barriers in environmental sciences. His translatE project (https://translatesciences.com/) applies scientific approaches to understanding the consequences of language barriers in science and devising solutions, with the aim of maximising scientific contribution to global biodiversity conservation.

Presentation title: Transcending language barriers, reconnecting evidence and people for conservation

Professor Emma Johnston

Deputy Vice-chancellor (Research), University of Sydney

Professor Emma Johnston AO FAA FTSE is a highly awarded and world leading authority in marine science and conservation and a former Dean of Science and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). Professor Johnston’s current research focuses on global change including marine debris, biological invasions, extreme events, and Antarctica’s environmental future. As the past President of Science & Technology Australia (STA), an elected position, she is a highly influential figure in the Australian higher education and research sector.

Professor Johnston has led major research projects for industry, government, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Antarctic Science Program and contributed to the development of international and national research strategies, priorities, and plans. She is a sustainability and diversity champion and a Chief Author of the Australian State of Environment Report 2021. She is also a trusted advisor working across a range of government and industry bodies.

Professor Johnston is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (AAS), the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) and the Royal Society of New South Wales (RSNSW) and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘distinguished service to higher education, particularly to marine ecology and ecotoxicology, as an academic, researcher and administrator, and to scientific institutes’.

Moses Kerry

Founder and Director, Mauberema Ecotourism and Nature Conservation Education Research and Training Center; Lecturer, University of Goroka

Moses Kerry is the Founder and Director of Mauberema Ecotourism and Nature Conservation Education Research and Training Center (MENCERTC) and is a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of Goroka, Division of Biological Science. Moses teaches a variety of biological science courses for undergraduate students. Moses has a Bachelor of Natural Science with Honors in Biology and a special interest in conservation.

The Mauberema Conservation project was part of Moses’s proposed Master’s Thesis Project, ‘Creating a Sustainable Conservation Approach in Papua New Guinea: A Key Tool for Biodiversity Conservation and Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation and Socioeconomic Development for Forest Developing Country’, in early 2017. Moses went on to initiate the Mauberema Ecotourism and Conservation project and establish MENCERTC as a local community-based organisation in September 2017 with support from the University of Goroka and his Mauberema community.

Professor Adrienne Nicotra

Associate Director Research, Division of Ecology and Evolution, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Professor Adrienne Nicotra is a plant evolutionary ecologist with interest in the capacity of plants to respond to environment and environmental change –phenotypic plasticity. Her work focusses on native species from a wide range of environments, though she is particularly fond of mountain flora. Adrienne joined ANU as a postdoctoral fellow in 1998 and has been there ever since, now as a Professor and Associate Director Research in the Division of Ecology and Evolution in the Research School of Biology. Adrienne is the director of the Australian Mountain Research Facility.

Esau and Dorothy Kekeubata

Dorothy Esau and Esau Kekeubata both represent the Baru Conservation Alliance–a locally-led not for-profit organization working to unite the Kwaio people of Malaita, Solomon Islands, so together they can live well in their place. Baru does this by purposefully caring for collective land, history, social connection, and way of life.

Dorothy is Director of the Baru Conservation Alliance. She is an inspirational community leader, cultural broker, and conservationist with ancestral ties to the Kwaio region of Malaita, and Bougainville. Dorothy has led numerous ground-breaking improvements in the quality of life of Kwaio women through initiatives in education, health, and village infrastructure development. She has published in international peer-reviewed journals on wide topics ranging from culturally appropriate health research, to amphibian chytrid fungus. Most recently with BCA, Dorothy has helped lead a project to document Indigenous knowledge of Malaita’s weather patterns and develop novel paths for communities to increase their resilience against climate change.

Esau is a tribal chief of East Kwaio, a community leader, village health worker, and conservationist. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals on a range of topics including baseline biodiversity surveys, traditional ecological knowledge, and incorporating sociocultural beliefs into health care in Solomon Islands. In 2018, Esau spearheaded a landmark reconciliation ceremony between East Kwaio tribes and Australia in response to the 1927 “Malaita massacre”. Since then, he has continued this reconciliation leadership, with similar ceremonies held within Kwaio, and between Kwaio, Malaitan, and wider Solomon Islands cultural groups. These actions have resulted in profound benefits for the people of East Kwaio.

Presentation title: Conservation Kwaio Style: Caring for people, culture and the environment in Solomon Islands

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