[ASC-media] Media Alert - Great minds to explore Big Australia population challenge

Mona Akbari Mona.Akbari at science.org.au
Fri Apr 29 05:19:38 CEST 2011


AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE
MEDIA ALERT


29 April 2011
Great minds to explore Big Australia population challenge
Experts and opinion leaders from Australia and around the world will come together in Canberra next week to explore strategies to deal with a bigger Australian population, and its potential impact on agriculture, the environment, human health and the economy.
The Australian Academy of Science Symposium, Australia 2050: Population challenges to sustainability, will be held at the Shine Dome, Canberra, on 6 May 2011.
To be opened by Professor the Hon Barry Jones, the symposium draws together international and national speakers from a range of disciplines including demography, agriculture, water, health and environmental science.
Highlights include:

*         Professor Lord Robert May of the University of Oxford, Australian-born past President of the Royal Society of London and former UK Chief Scientist, will explore the challenges of population growth in Australia and globally, and offer suggestions for effectively addressing them.


  *   Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Scientist of New Zealand, will speak about the human health implications of population growth.


  *   Professor Tim Flannery from Macquarie University will talk about the optimum sustainable population for Australia.


  *   2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon will explore whether continued economic prosperity in Australia is dependent on significant population growth.


  *   Maria Deveson Crabbe, CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia, will speak about global family planning for the future.

Further information and symposium program: www.science.org.au/sats2011/<http://www.science.org.au/sats2011/>
Event:             Science at the Shine Dome, Australian Academy of Science's annual event
Date:               6 May 2011
Venue:            The Shine Dome, Gordon Street, Acton, Canberra
Contact:         Journalists are invited to interview speakers prior to or during the event.
Please contact Mona Akbari (below) to arrange.
Dr Mona Akbari  Communications and Media Officer
Australian Academy of Science  Ian Potter House, Gordon Street, Acton ACT 2601  |  GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
T (02) 6201 9452  M  0447 679 612  F (02) 6201 9494  E mona.akbari at science.org.au<mailto:mona.akbari at science.org.au>  www.science.org.au<http://science.org.au/>

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