Action on Environment and Sustainability: Science Conference 2022

8 December 2022

The Faculty of Science is excited to announce its inaugural Action on Environment and Sustainability: Science Conference 2022. The conference is an opportunity to hear the faculty's graduate researchers and Masters students present their own research, to network with academic and industry professionals, and to celebrate the achievements being made towards addressing the four themes of the conference:

  • Action on Climate
  • Community in Action
  • Chemicals and Pollution Action
  • Action with Nature

The opening key-note address will be delivered by Professor Mark Taylor, Victoria's Chief Environmental Scientist at EPA Victoria, and the closing key-note address by Dr Kate Dooley, an expert in climate mitigation and land-use policy and governance.

The one-day program includes catered morning tea, lunch as well as light refreshments and drinks. There will be an opportunity to network with academic staff, industry professionals and your peers at the close of the conference.


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Tickets : $15 per person

*Free tickets will be available for those who will be presenting.

Conference Themes

  • Action on Climate

    Understanding how climate changes have and will influence our past, current and future environments, and what actions we can take to mitigate and adapt to the environmental and social challenges as we navigate towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

  • Community in Action

    There is a pressing need to explore and promote community involvement in mitigating the effects of environmental change and ensuring sustainability.

  • Chemicals and Pollution Action

    Consumption and waste has led to unprecedented levels of pollution of land, water and air. With the recent UN resolution to recognise the human right to a healthy environment, understanding waste, pollution (chemical, noise and nutrient) and exploring pathways to reducing our footprint on our environment is urgently required.

  • Action with Nature

    A healthy planet requires healthy ecosystems. Our planet is in the midst of a biodiversity crisis as ecosystems are degraded by human development. A changing climate and the increased need by people and society for the earth’s natural capital is contributing to the crisis. Understanding the interactions between humans and nature is critical for implementing sustainable development and to promote conservation and resilience under a changing climate.


Thursday 8 December




Welcome address by Professor Moira O'Bryan, Dean of Science


Welcome to Country by Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation


Opening keynote address by Professor Mark Patrick Taylor


Themed sessions - hear from graduate researchers and Masters student who will present their research addressing the conference themes


Morning tea


Themed sessions - hear from graduate researchers and Masters student who will present their research addressing the conference themes


Environment and Sustainability Network launch -  A/Prof Jane Dyson will launch this new network intended to cultivate connections and collaboration across the faculty


Presentations from research groups and institutes - Melbourne Climate Futures,  Melbourne Centre for Cities,  Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis & Indigenous Knowledge Institute




Industry Panel - industry professionals discuss their career journey and how their work addresses the four themes of the conference


Closing keynote address by Dr Kate Dooley and Q&A


Awards, closing address and vote of thanks


Networking and drinks