Renowned Rural Experts Coming To Hamilton

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Renowned rural experts coming to Hamilton


RMIT University Hamilton will this week bring renowned authors and rural issues

experts to Hamilton for a one-day forum exploring the challenges and opportunities

facing rural communities.


The free rural think tank, The Big Issues, is open to all community members and

will be held at RMIT University Hamilton on Friday, 28 May.


Guest speakers include renowned author, journalist, editor and science

communicator, Professor Julian Cribb, and author, social psychologist and

researcher, Dr Neil Barr.


Professor Cribb is currently penning the book, The Coming Famine: The Global

Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It, while Dr Barr has recently released

The House on the Hill, which explores the transformation of Australia’s farming

communities.


Other key speakers include Dr Stephen Davis, an expert on using mathematical

modelling to approach public health problems in rural communities who is well

known for his work on the bubonic plague in Kazakhstan, and RMIT Professor

John Buckeridge, an expert in natural resource engineering, environmental ethics,

marine biology and palaeobiology.


Dr Davis will present on the topic Percolation, satellite images and plague in

Kazakhstan, while Professor Buckeridge will discuss Managing both biodiversity

and society's interests: are these compatible?


At a local level, representatives from the Great South Coast Regional Strategic

Plan Project Group will present the recently released Great South Coast Regional

Strategic Plan Discussion Paper for review and discussion.


RMIT Hamilton Manager, Dr Kaye Scholfield, said: “We are fortunate to have these

experts in Hamilton to offer varied perspectives that will engage local and regional

leaders, by unpacking key issues, exploring skills required by future leaders and

optimal leadership strategies.”


The program is made possible by funding through the Department of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). 


Date: 


Friday, 28 May

Time:  

9am–3.15 pm (Participants can attend all or part of the day)

Place: 

RMIT University Hamilton, 200 Ballarat Road, Hamilton

Contact: 

(03) 5572 0500


For interviews: RMIT University Hamilton Manager, Dr Kaye Scholfield, (03)

5572 0500.


For general media enquiries: RMIT University Hamilton Communications

Officer, Rachel McDonald, (03) 5572 0505.

24 May, 2010






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