CIE Seminar Series – 2020: A crash course in Disease Ecology with special reference to COVID-19

SPEAKER: Alfred Deakin Professor Marcel Klaassen, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University, Geelong

DATE: Friday, 27th March 2020

TIME: 1:30pm-2:30pm 

LOCATION: Seminar will be delivered electronically via the following options:

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!


ABSTRACT.

Using excerpts from my SLE354 unit “Disease Ecology and Epidemiology” and the most recent information on COVID19 from the primary literature, I will address the following questions:

  • Where does COVID-19 come from?
  • Will it become more virulent over time?
  • What are the transmission characteristics?
  • How to manage it?
  • Can we avoid pandemics from happening again?

Without promising definitive answers, I hope this seminar will provide more scientific context and possibly reassurance to what is currently dramatically impacting our lives.


BIO.

Alfred Deakin Prof. Marcel Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa.

Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on topics in bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecology.

For more info visit https://cie-deakin.com/marcel-klaassen/.


External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?

External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt, then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

CIE Seminar Series – 2020: Footprints and Transformations

SPEAKER: Professor Thomas (Tommy) Wiedmann, Leader, Sustainability Assessment Program, University of NSW, Sydney

DATE: Friday, 20th March 2020

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Seminar will be delivered electronically
External parties may connect to the live seminar via 52236991@deakin.edu.au [ID.36991] or via a web browser (WebRTC) https://deakin.service-now.com/kb_view_customer.do?sysparm_article=KB0013965

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!


ABSTRACT.

Consumption-based accounting or ‘footprint assessment’ provides a unique perspective of environmental and social consequences of consuming goods and services. It reveals indirect, hidden or distant impacts that are often not linked to consumption activities and enables new ways of assigning responsibilities.

This presentation summarises the last seven years of research in the Sustainability Assessment Program at UNSW Sydney. It provides examples of how footprint assessments based on environmental input-output analysis have been applied to assess the sustainability performance of nations, cities, sectors, technologies and materials.

The presentation also maps out how this research links to integrated assessment and scenario modelling of national performance regarding the Sustainable Development Goals and Planetary Boundaries.

More quantitative research is required to inform decisions on policies and investments that deliver the transformational change needed for prosperous, fairer and more environmentally sustainable societies.


BIO.

Thomas (Tommy) Wiedmann is Professor of sustainability research and is leading the Sustainability Assessment Program at UNSW Sydney, Australia. In teaching and research, he is guided by the question on how to achieve concurrent human and planetary well-being. Tommy has long-standing expertise is in integrated, quantitative sustainability assessment, industrial ecology and environmental footprint analysis.

He is leading the development and application of the Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab), a collaborative research platform for environmentally extended multi-region input-output analysis. Tommy has coordinated a number of sustainability-related research projects funded by European and Australian Governments worth about $6m in total.

His recent research is focusing on urban sustainability and sustainability transformations. In 2012, Tommy received the Thomson Reuters Citation Award in Australia and he has been listed as Highly Cited Researcher annually since 2015.

Appointments with speaker may be made via b.bryan@deakin.edu.au.

For more info visit http://www.wrc.unsw.edu.au/staff/tommy-wiedmann.


External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?

External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt, then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

CIE Spotlight: Variability of mitochondrial ORFans hints at possible differences in the system of doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondria among families of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida)

Variability of mitochondrial ORFans hints at possible differences in the system of doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondria among families of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida).

See the paper at BMC Evolutionary Biology.