Public Talks Archive

A selection of the following public talks have been filmed and are available online for on demand viewing after the presentation.

Minerals Update

02 September 2015

Geoscience Australia is holding a free Minerals Open Afternoon in the Sir Harold Raggatt Theatre on Wednesday 2 September from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. Please join us to hear about our exciting new products and Geoscience Australia's UNCOVER projects being conducted across Australia.

The development of a terrorism loss estimation capability for the Australian Government

26 August 2015

Following the terrorist attacks in the US in 2001 there was a global withdrawal of terrorism insurance. The Australian Government responded by establishing the Australian Reinsurance Pool Corporation (ARPC) through the Terrorism Insurance Act 2003. Subsequently, a range of Australian Government initiatives and collaborations have led to development of a terrorism loss estimation capability at Geoscience Australia.

Honey, where's the roof? Wind effects and community resilience

19 August 2015

Extreme weather events highlight the impact that severe wind can have on Australian communities.  Wind can cause direct damage to homes and business premises, utility disruption and socio-economic activity impact.  What can be expected for different forecast wind speeds?  What are some of the factors influencing the severity of damage?

GPS, robots and earth science

12 August 2015

Geoscience Australia's state-of-the-art Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) robotic antenna calibration facility, consisting of two outdoor robots, is one of only five of its kind in the world and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere. It will increase satellite positioning precision for research applications to less than one millimetre.

The NCI super-computer: enabling innovation

05 August 2015

The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility has evolved over the past few years to become Australia's peak computing centre for high performance computational infrastructure.  

Geological storage of CO2 and the Silk Road

29 July 2015

This talk will provide an overview of a recent trip along the "Silk Road" to visit geological storage of CO2 (CCS) demonstration sites in China, undertaken as the China-Australia geological storage of CO2 project (CAGS) enters its third stage.

Earthquakes and tsunamis in Indonesia: from better science to better preparedness

22 July 2015

Over the past 6 years Australian and Indonesian scientists, have been working together through the DFAT funded Australia-Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction. This talk will present examples of how cutting-edge science is informing decision making and discuss the implications for disaster management in Indonesia and Australia.

Four-dimensional simulations of marine dispersal at a continental scale

15 July 2015

A new fully four-dimensional biophysical dispersal model has been developed by Geoscience Australia, that uses the parallel processing ability of the National Computational Infrastructure Facility supercomputer to handle large numbers of simulated larvae, and that can also save supplementary positional information as points within a database management system.

Communicating science: Who have you inspired today?

08 July 2015

Questacon's Professor Graham Durant will report on the success of Inspiring Australia, the national strategy for engagement with the sciences, working across all levels of government and industry to promote science and science literacy in Australia.

More matter with less art: Making science part of the policy landscape

01 July 2015

This presentation will provide an update on recent science policy developments and new initiatives and offer some reflections on the role of science in policy-making. This includes efforts to increase 'science literacy' across government, and how scientists can find meaningful and rewarding careers without a test tube, microscope or Sensitive High Resolution Ion Micro Probe in sight.

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