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ECU presents research symposium on bushfire smoke

Tuesday, 01 March 2011


Bushfires are a common part of the Australian summer, and can have a devastating effect on the local community. Many people know about the impact of fires, but the effect of bushfire smoke on both an individual’s health and the environment is sometimes forgotten.

Researchers from ECU’s School of Natural Sciences invite the community to attend a research symposium, entitled Bushfire Smoke Issues, which looks at techniques to assess and predict bushfire smoke as well as analysing the health and environmental impacts.

Recognised in many parts of the world as an air quality and public health issue, the incidence of bushfire smoke has continued to rise in recent years, due to the rapidly expanding urban areas and changing fire regimes.

The varied impact of bushfire smoke on populations and biodiversity and the need for prescribed fires is still debated, with the symposium highlighting the many different and varied opinions on the issue.

The symposium will include keynote presentations from the Chairman of the Department of Environmental Health, Research Centre for Climate Change at the University of Indonesia, Dr Budi Haryanto; GP from the Menzies Research Institute at the University of Tasmania, Dr Fay Johnson and Emeritus Principal Research Scientist from the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research, Professor Graham Mills, combined with workshop sessions and interactive discussions.

“We plan to discuss key areas of concern and gaps in information surrounding the issue, with the hope to bring together experts in the field to develop a common vision about smoke research needs for the future,” said Program Organiser and Associate Professor from the School of Natural Sciences, Dr Andrea Hinwood.

It is anticipated that the program will help in the development of a preventative health and environment policy as well as the publication of new research directions surrounding the global impact of bushfire smoke.

For more information email School Officer from the School of Natural Sciences, Ms Anthea Ward on anthea.ward@ecu.edu.au.

Research Symposium – Bushfire Smoke Issues

Date: Thursday, 28 to Friday, 29 April
Venue:
Building 21,Edith Cowan University Campus, 270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup
Cost:
$165 on or before 8 April 2011 / $195 after 8 April 2011
Registration:
Visit http://payonline.ecu.edu.au and select SONS  - Research Symposium Bushfire Smoke Issues 2011 from the transaction list and follow the prompts.

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