National Science Week

10 August 2024
18 August 2024
12:00 am - 12:00 am

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology.

Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres.

Offshore Wind Seminar: community, society, and the environment

1 December 2023
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Auditorium, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (UWA) 64 Fairway, Crawley WA

The UWA Oceans Institute and Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia (SICA) is hosting the 6th SICA Offshore Wind Seminar.

'In this seminar, we will delve into the emerging societal, cultural, and environmental dimensions of offshore wind development in Australia. Our exploration will encompass international insights, recent research findings, and the significance of securing a social license to operate.'

A Plastic Free Australia – Webinar

23 November 2023
8:00 am - 9:00 am

Is recycling just another form of greenwashing?

Plastics are made from fossil fuels and generate around 1.8 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. In Australia, the government’s recycling targets are far from being met with only 13% of plastics being recycled each year. Even so, microplastics are shed throughout the lifecycle of plastic products and also during the recycling process.

The implications of all this plastic on our health is a critical issue.

These are some of the topics we’ll cover in our plastics webinar. We’ll share ideas for reducing plastic use in your life. We’ll look at increasing momentum towards phasing out plastics and shifting the country towards recycling targets and a circular economy that will minimise plastic waste and lead to materials being recovered, reused, recycled and repurposed. Together with the audience, we’ll uncover whether recycling is just another form of greenwashing….


  • Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Executive Director and Founder of the Plastic Free Foundation
  • Dr Deborah Lau, CSIRO’s Ending Plastic Waste Mission Lead
  • Dr Thava Palanisami, Environmental Plastics Innovation Cluster(EPIC), The University of Newcastle
  • Nina Gbor, Director of the Waste & Circular Economy Program at the Australia Institute

for an interactive discussion on plastic waste in Australia.

8am Perth/WA Time

From Waste to Wonder – Indian Ocean Marine Art Exhibition and Awards

4 March 2024
8 March 2024
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at UWA

The Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (IOMRC) is hosting its 'Biology as Art' exhibition and awards from 4-8 March 2024.

Immerse yourself in a world of creativity and imagination through the transformation of Indian Ocean marine debris into wonderful works of art.

There are awards for people's choice, adult artist and secondary student.

Closing date for entries is Monday 29 January 2024.

The deadline for exhibition art works to be delivered to the IOMRC Auditorium is 26 February 2024.

AMSA-NZMSS Annual Conference September 2024

15 September 2024
20 September 2024
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Hobart, Tasmania

The Australian Marine Sciences Association, in conjunction with the New Zealand Marine Sciences Society, has announced their annual conference will be held in Hobart from 15-20 September 2024.

"We are excited to announce that we are now accepting submissions for symposium topics for the AMSA 2024 National Conference “Navigating uncertainty for a future sustainable ocean.

The Conference Scientific Committee will select submitted topics to put together focused concurrent sessions that we hope will excite and engage all those attending the conference. If your topic is selected, the conference will invite abstract submissions to your symposium. Symposium Convenors will be asked to review abstracts submitted to their symposium and indicate which abstracts they would like to see accepted, but the final responsability for the program lies with the Scientific Committee.

Aside from simply suggesting topics relevant to your research, please provide names of relevant experts who agree to convene the symposia, and suggest someone (who could be one of the conveners) to present a keynote relevant to the symposia topic."

European Coral Reef Symposium – ECRS 2024

2 July 2024
5 July 2024
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Naples, Italy

The European Coral Reef Symposium (ECRS)  is held every four years and hosted in European countries on a rotation basis by the European Chapter of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS).

ECRS 2024 will be held in Naples, Italy at the Città della Scienza and at the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station.

The theme is bridging knowledge gaps between tropical, temperate and cold water coral reefs.

The symposium will bring together coral reef scientists, researchers, conservationists, policymakers and reef managers to present the latest research findings and exchange knowledge critical to advising international and national policies in the conservation and sustainable use of coral reefs.

ASLO 2024

1 June 2024
7 June 2024
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography is meeting in Madison Wisconsin USA from 1-7 June 2024.

"The world is rapidly changing. The accelerating tempo of climate change, eutrophication, altered hydrological regimes, overharvest, and biodiversity loss are threatening aquatic ecosystems, water resources, and resultant human well-being. Effectively adapting to meet these challenges will require major transitions in both our thinking and how we manage aquatic ecosystems to build resilience. Sustainable solutions—those that work across sectors, nations, and generations—will emerge from a foundation of actionable aquatic science.

By proposing a special session, we hope you’ll help highlight relevant work on aquatic ecosystems in a changing world, and how aquatic organisms, ecosystems, and management are adapting to global environmental change."

Australian Coral Reef Society 2024 Conference

6 May 2024
8 May 2024
All-day event
University of Western Australia campus, UWA Club, Perth

The Australian Coral Reef Society invites coral reef scientists, practitioners and enthusiasts to participate in its 2024 annual meeting in Perth.

There will be a welcome reception on the evening of 6 May followed by two packed days of talks and discussions, and a Society dinner on 8 May.

Policy Taboos: How Free, How Far? Academic and Media Freedom

2 November 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Forrest Research Foundation, Forrest Hall 1, 21 Hackett Drive, Crawley

Policy Taboos: How Free, How Far? Academic and media freedom

Join The University of Western Australia Public Policy Institute for a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion on the crucial intersection of Media and Academic Freedom. This event features distinguished speakers who have dedicated their careers to championing these fundamental pillars of democracy and knowledge dissemination: Robert French AC, Peter Greste, and Pnina Levine. 

Chancellor Robert French AM, a graduate of UWA, has served as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. The French Model Code, to which Australian universities are aligned, is the result of his 2019 Review of Freedom of Speech in Australian Higher Education Providers.

Professor Peter Grestean Australian foreign correspondent, was arrested on terrorism charges in Cairo in 2013. He was convicted and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. After winning his freedom he went on to champion press freedom around the world.

Pnina Levine  is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK) and a PhD candidate at Curtin University. Her research is focused on the protection of academic freedom and freedom of speech.

This event promises to be an engaging exploration of the complex dynamics surrounding media and academic freedom, with insights from experts at the forefront of these fields.

Ningaloo Outlook 2 Symposium

1 February 2024
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre at UWA

Save the date for the CSIRO Ningaloo Outlook 2 Symposium in February 2024.

More details to follow.