6CGC Hobart 2018

Conference structure

For many years Chile and Australia have shared common interests, challenges and goals that include economic activities, resource management and similar research interests. This has been reflected in a very significant exchange of technologies, researchers and students, which have strengthened notably in recent years. In this changing world, both countries are facing difficult challenges in fields such as migration and cultural development, public health, climate change, food security, intellectual property, and economic growth. In this conference we aim to cover most of these areas by bringing together researchers from different disciplines ranging from humanities and arts to biological and economic sciences, to share, discuss and integrate their research to face the challenges and opportunities of a changing future.

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Marine Science and Climate change

Climate change is influencing terrestrial and marine ecosystems throughout the world, affecting the human wellbeing. In recent years, the effect of climate change has been reflected in numerous areas of human activity, creating numerous challenges for our society. Chile is currently facing this challenge of changing its environmental conditions, which includes natural disasters, changes in the spatial distribution of resources, increase in the frequency of extreme climatic events, but also new opportunities. How Chile is prepared to face these changes it can decide the fate of Chile and Chileans future generations. Climate change is a critical issue in Australia, since this country is seeing the immediate effects of a changing environment that is why learning from that experience is one of the keys to the challenge of facing the changes that are coming. This theme session seeks research dealing with causes and impacts of climate change on ecosystems, food security, health, economy, infrastructure, etc. at local, regional or global scales.

Sustainability and Natural Resources

Sustainable management of natural resources is a cross-cutting issue for Chile and Australia. Both countries have important parts of their economies based on natural resources (e.g., forestry, mining, fisheries), which creates an unique opportunity to share and develop experiences. In a global context of biodiversity loss, and competing interest in land use, exploitation of natural resources faces important challenges to increase the efficiency of current processes, while decreasing their environmental impacts. This means that sustainable management and the development of appropriate technologies are crucial to current and future generations’ success. Management of natural resources to ensure their sustainability demands a wide range of knowledge, ranging from the development of technologies such as the development of renewable energies to the management of resources and their exploitation. Therefore, this session seeks contributions to the understanding of biological/ecological, exploitation, socio-economic processes and technological development associated with resource management and conservation.

Humanities, Social Sciences and Art

Our world is immersed in a constant change, that implies social modifications, social movement, variations in the workplace, migrations phenomena, and change in our perception of the world. All these changes suggest a new perspective in the humanities, social sciences research and also a huge impact in our art. For example, sociology facing a massive migration process around the world, our country is not an exception. Since a psychological approach, families have today different conformation, single parents, same- gender parents, etc. these changes have an impact on individuals and society in general. Mental health problems are leading cause of non-fatal disease burden worldwide, and the majority of these problems are common in the working population. Workplace interventions to address mental health problems and develop healthy workplaces are an essential challenge for organisation. The increasing interdisciplinary work between artists and scientist generate social awareness of climate change. All these examples have strong legal, economic and social implications. Facing the challenges that come with our changing future necessarily involves understanding the social processes that we live and will live shortly in Chile. We have an ethical mandate to improve our society, families, workplaces to achieve a better place to live in our country.

Facing the challenges that come with our changing future necessarily involves the understanding of social processes and their complexity. Addressing the social dimension will make possible to move towards an equitable and resilient society. In this section, we seek to address these issues including, art in the context of change and social implications, sociological processes, psychological well-being, workplace improvement, economic and human resources studies, among many others.

Biomedical Science

Health is one of the main indicators of life quality at global level. While human life expectancy increases, so does population numbers, and movements, modifying the epidemiological context of human and animal populations. The current global scenario has enhanced the emergence of global disease outbreaks, but also the emergence of diseases at local scales crossing aspects of human, livestock and wildlife health. “One health” is a new multidisciplinary research focus that tries to bring together concepts of all over the biomedical sciences to face local and global challenges. Both countries, Chile and Australia have important study systems in human and animal health, while they have important epidemiological features, in particular geographical isolation and population structure which make them important models to share experiences in health and disease management to enhance the health status of their inhabitants. In this session we look for jobs that are within the biomedical area, ranging from the development of technologies to the treatment of human and animal diseases.


Editors point of view- Meeting with journal editors

Researchers need to get their work published to disseminate their finding and keep a competitive academic record. This task may be challenging, especially for graduate students and early career researchers. A series of factor may prevent articles from being accepted, such as wrongly choosing a journal, a non-engaging cover letter, etc. Therefore, in this workshop, we will discuss these aspects and how to identify stories to be published from your research and what editors expect of you as a reviewer. The workshop will encourage the discussion having a structure of “Question and Answers”. Experienced journals editors, from a variety of fields, will share their experience reviewing articles and will give pieces of advice to increase the acceptance likelihood.

Marine Science


Prof. Pete Strutton

Director QMS Program

Co-leader: Integrated Marine Observing System Blue Water and Climate Node IMAS Marine & Antarctic Futures Centre (MAFC)

Associate Professor Pete Strutton received his Bachelor degree in Marine Science from Flinders University of South Australia with first class honours in 1993. He went on to complete his PhD in Marine Science in 1998. He then left Australia to take up the positions of Postdoctoral Scientist and Research Associate with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California, which he held until 2002. From 2002-2004 he was Assistant Professor with the State University of New York’s Marine Sciences Research Centre and from 2004-2010 he was Assistant, then Associate Professor at Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences.  In 2010 he returned to Australia on an ARC Future Fellowship and has been Associate Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, since then. From 2010 to 2015 he was one of two oceans editors for Geophysical Research Letters, the American Geophysical Union’s flagship short-format journal. He is the director of the CSIRO-UTas joint PhD program in Quantitative Marine Science, a leader of the Blue Water and Climate Node of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System, and he also co-leads the Biogeochemistry Task Team for the redesign of the Tropical Pacific Observing System.

Humanities and Social Science


Prof. Marcus Haward

Professor, Oceans & Cryosphere.

IMAS, University of Tasmania.

Professor Marcus Haward is a political scientist specialising in oceans and Antarctic governance and marine resources management at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania. He has over 140 research publications, and his books include Oceans Governance in the Twenty-first Century: Managing the Blue Planet (with Joanna Vince) Edward Elgar 2008; Global Commodity Governance: State Responses to Sustainable Forest and Fisheries Certification (with Fred Gale) Palgrave Macmillan, 2011; and Australia and the Antarctic Treaty System, (co-editor with Tom Griffiths) UNSW Press 2011.He is currently working on oceans and Antarctic governance, knowledge systems in coastal management, marine biodiversity conservation in a changing climate and Australia’s regional fisheries interests. Professor Haward is currently editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Oceans Affairs published by Taylor & Francis.

Biomedical Science


Dr. Bruce Lyons

Senior Lecturer in Immunology and Bioscience

School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

Dr Lyons’ PhD in Immunology from the University of Adelaide (1988) was on the development of monoclonal antibodies to human myeloid differentiation antigens. After a short period examining cytokine control of histamine release by basophils (Human Immunology, IMVS, Adelaide), his postdoctoral studies included apoptosis and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia models (University of Edinburgh), lymphocyte migration to spleen (JCSMR, ANU and University of Tasmania) and off-target immunological effects of new small molecule targeted therapies for chronic myeloid leukaemia (Haematology, IMVS Adelaide). After 2 years in a biotech start up investigating new carbohydrate adjuvants (Vaxine, Flinders University, Adelaide) Dr Lyons returned to the University of Tasmania to take up a teaching only senior lectureship in 2008, before being appointed to a teaching/research senior lectureship in 2010.

Science communication: Toward effective engagement

Science has a common and well-established channel of dissemination, which is known as scientific publications. In general, this scientific communication is dispersed mainly among scientists in a specific field and sometimes in specialised journals. Nowadays, this communication system of scientific discoveries is limited and ineffective in an information landscape where the audiences “consume” quick information, and often the so-called alternative facts overtake the reach of science. An efficient scientific communication should seek three outputs: 1) Increase the impact among peers; 2) target a broad audience by using social medial; and 3) look for an effective engagement with society that means making science outreaching other areas of society. The workshop will cover strategies of how to efficiently disseminate research findings to broader audiences. The speakers will stimulate the discussion with a short presentation on minimum contents of a communication plan to engage the general public, managers and scientific community. Also, the workshop will cover new approaches in science communication, which includes the uses of popular media platforms (e.g. Twitter) and the visual and synthesized way to shows scientific findings (infographics).


Engagement through citizen science.

Prof. Gretta Pecl 

Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology & ARC Future Fellow

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (UTAS)

Dr. Gretta Pecl is a Professor of marine ecology. Her research includes detecting and understanding the mechanisms behind species range extensions, and population and fishery responses to environmental change. She has a strong commitment to science communication with the public, particularly through the Redmap Australia citizen science project for ecological monitoring and community engagement. Professor Pecl is a Fulbright Fellow, an ARC future fellow and a University of Tasmania ‘Rising Star’. She is currently working with international colleagues on a Global Network of Marine Hotspots. She is internationally renowned for her innovative work on the biology and ecology of cephalopods. She is also Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, and the Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology.


Science Outreach.

Dr.  Ben Arthur

Stakeholder Engagement,

National Collections & Marine Infrastructure (CSIRO)

Ben is a science educator/communicator and marine ecologist. After finishing his Honours at the University of Tasmania and escaping to the sub-Antarctic for a while, he returned to Hobart to work as a research assistant. With no science outreach experience, Ben agreed to help out a friend who was coordinating National Science Week events by visiting schools to talk about his work. Turns out, he loved it. Shortly after, he started working at CSIRO Education Tasmania. Wanting to do more research, but not wanting to give up science communication, Ben started a PhD in marine zoology, while juggling work at the same time. Several years later, Ben still has a passion for science outreach.


Social Media and Infographics 

Dr. Indi Hodgson-Johnston

Assistant Director

Integrated Marine Observing System

Indi Hodgson-Johnston is currently the Assistant Director at the Integrated Marine Observing System. Prior to this, she lectured in Antarctic studies and various areas of law at the University of Tasmania, and used to support communications for the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement, between IMAS and the Tasmanian Government. She attends Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources Meetings as a rapporteur, has provided legal advice on maritime security issues, and previously worked for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service in the Southern Ocean. She completed her PhD in Public International Law at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems CRC in Australia. Indi’s current role requires her to communicate to many stakeholders, and in doing so she encourages the use of graphics and plain English to communicate complex concepts in easily and quickly understood ways.

General guidelines

Abstract format

  • Please download and follow the abstract design in the template that can be found here ABSTRACT.
  • File formats for abstract submission must be .doc or .docx. Different file formats will not be accepted.
  • The title of your abstract should be short, concise and adequately be describing the content of the submission.
  • Affiliations and addresses should be given to each author. The primary address should be of the institution where the author was working at the time of research. If an author has moved to another institution since the research was completed, the new institute should be shown as “present address”.
  • Please identify the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
  • The abstract text (not including title, authors and addresses) must not contain more than 300 words.
  • Please, clearly describe in your abstract the aim of the research, methods used, and important results and conclusions.
  • Please avoid the use of non-standard abbreviations or references in the abstract text. It should also not contain references like “(Smith et al. 2017)”.

Poster Format Guidelines

  • Poster dimensions should correspond to portrait DIN A0 format which dimensions are 1189 x 841 mm or 46.8 x 33.1 in.
  • The poster should be clear and concise and should be legible from a distance of at least one meter. Use large print and block letters when possible. For legibility, a minimum font size of 28 points and a maximum of 600 words are recommended. For the title, a font size of at least 60 points is advisable.
  • We advise organising the content in clear sections such as Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
  • The poster must include the same title and author information as submitted in the abstract.
  • It is advisable to include an e-mail address on the poster to assist viewers to contact the authors later.

Oral presentation guidelines

  • Every oral presentation will last 8 minutes plus 2 minutes for questions. The moderator will let you know the time at the minute 8 and 10. If you do not stop at the minute 8 you will spend your time for questions and additional time will not be added.
  • We strongly recommend structure your presentation into Background/Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion/Conclusion.
  • Please, make sure using colours for colour-blind people and font sizes that will be legible when presented in a large room. We recommend using fonts Arial and Helvetica for clarity and compatibility. Also, we suggest font size of AT LEAST 24 points for body text and 36 to 40 points for headings. Light coloured text on a dark background is also advised. The maximum number of lines in text slides should not be more than six or seven.
  • Make sure that legends and labels are given for all graphs, figures and tables, and they are simple and legible.
  • Poster lighting lectures guidelines
  • lighting lectures it is a formal and general presentation of the poster and the work team.
  • Every oral presentation will last 2 minutes.
  • No more than 2 slides will be accepted and it is highly recommended that the presentations contain no more than 150 words between them.

Invited speakers

Session 1. Marine Science and Climate change

Dr  Beth Fulton (Elizabeth A. Fulton)

Senior Principal Research Scientist, Head of Ecosystem Modelling,

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Research.


Dr Beth Fulton is a Senior Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere where she heads up the ecosystem modelling team. Beth is also a member of the Centre of Marine Socioecology, a collaboration between University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division. Beth has been with the CSIRO for the past 16 years, where she has developed various system modelling tools for looking at marine ecosystems and sustainability. The best known tool is the Atlantis modelling framework, which has been applied in more than 40 marine ecosystems around the world and is used to provide strategic advice to the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and other regulatory bodies. The models developed by Beth’s team are some of the first to give equal attention to biophysical and human components of marine and coastal socioecological systems. The models underpin CSIRO’s research into sustainably managing potentially competing uses of marine environments and adaptation to global change and have been used to consider effective means of conserving and monitoring marine ecosystems.

Beth has more than 100 publications, is a contributing author to the latest IPCC WG2 report and a review editor for IPBES Deliverable 3c. Her contribution to marine resource management and science have also been recognised with numerous awards, including Ecological Society of America Sustainability Science Award (2011); a Pew Marine Conservation Fellowship (2010-2014), the 2007 Australian Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, and and in 2017 the Biennial medal of the Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand.

Dr  Rich Little 


Senior Principal Research Scientist, Group Leader,

CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Research.

Dr. Rich Little is a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere, in Hobart, Australia. His research specialises in modelling population dynamics, economics, and management decision-making in natural resource and marine environmental science. Much of this work has focused on the Coral Reef Finfish Fishery of the Great Barrier Reef, where he has worked on the development of a computer-based decision support tool called ELFSim. He has published work widely on modelling tradeable permit markets for fisheries quota, artificial intelligence mechanisms (Bayesian Belief Networks) for simulating fishing behaviour, and the economics of marine protected areas. In 2007, he was seconded as a visiting scholar to the Crawford School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. In 2003 he was awarded the Early Career Research Prize from the Modelling and Simulation society of Australia and New Zealand, and in 2007, he received the CSIRO Julius award for mid-career research. His current research interest is in exploring the use of computer-based biophysical process-models for financial risk management purposes.

Session 2. Sustainability and Natural Resources

Dr  Auro Almeida

Senior Research Scientist, Landscape and Forest Function

CSIRO, Land & Water


Dr Almeida joined CSIRO as a Senior Research Scientist in 2006, where he has been leading and participating in projects related to modelling forest production, catchment and water resources management and impact of climate change in Australia, South America and Southeast Asia.Before joining CSIRO he worked for fourteen years in several areas of research and planning in the forestry production sector in Brazil, where he developed and applied extensive spatial modelling to predict forest growth and water use. He has been developing multiple projects in the forestry sector in Australia and South America with development of long term research projects with several forestry companies and governmental agencies on the fields of forestry and pasture modelling, water use and water-use efficiency, catchment management and strategic research plan.
He has been working in Southeast predicting the effects of climate change on Eucalyptus and Acacia plantations growth.
Since 2016 he is the project deputy leader of the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) project, promoting the development of basin plan, water management and capacity building for Kamala basin in Nepal. From 1988 to 1991 Dr Almeida worked as a researcher for Italian National Energy Agency (ENEA), IFAD (United Nations) and Ecotherm Spa in Italy.
Dr Almeida was the precursor of application of process-based model in large scale in forest plantations in Brazil. He has been working on applied modelling of plant production and catchment management. He is responsible for the Tasmanian sites of the Australian Cosmos Sensor Network.

Session 3. Humanities, Social Sciencies and Art


Dr  Sarah Dawkins

Lecturer Management. Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE)

University of Tasmania


Dr Sarah Dawkins is a Lecturer in Management in the TSBE. She is also a registered Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor and applies her training and experience in mental health to her research projects and teaching. Her primary research interests focus on the development of positive psychological resources in employees and teams for enhanced performance and well-being. Her PhD was recognised by the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management with the best doctoral dissertation award (2014). Sarah’s current research is focused on the development and evaluation of a brief, team-based psychological capital (PsyCap) intervention aimed at enhancing the performance and functioning of work teams and individual employees. She is also involved in research projects investigating mental health and well-being in the workplace and the interface between work and family. Sarah’s research has been published in top-tier Management journals, including Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Academy of Management: Learning & Education and Human Relations.

Session 4. Biomedical Science

Prof Alison Venn

Director, Menzies Institute for Medical Research

University of Tasmania


Professor Alison Venn completed her PhD in immunology at the National Institute for Medical Research in the UK. Following postdoctoral research in malaria immunology at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, she trained as an epidemiologist and spent ten years doing research on women’s reproductive health at La Trobe University. Since joining the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in 2000 she has broadened her research interests to cover a range of chronic diseases.

Prof. Alison Venn is the  Director of the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and a Professor of Epidemiology. She has a diverse background including immunology and epidemiology. Her breadth of experience from lab to policy has seen her take on a number of leadership roles, identifying multidisciplinary approaches to solving complex problems. Professor Venn’s current research interests are in the causes, prevention and management of chronic disease. She has a particular focus on the factors that lead to the development of cardiovascular disease and diabetes later in life. Professor Venn holds positions on a number of committees including Director of the Tasmanian Data Linkage Unit and the Tasmanian Cancer Registry, both based at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research.


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General Coordinators in Hobart 

Mr. Manuel Ruiz-Aravena. PhD (c) School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania

Dr. Claudio Castillo-Jordán. Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO.

Finances committee

Dr. Claudio Castillo-Jordán. Oceans & Atmosphere, CSIRO.

Ms. Virginia Olivares. Master Biomedical Sciences. University of Melbourne. Ms. Nicole Iturrieta. PhD (c) University of Melbourne.  

Program committee

Mr. Javier Porobic Garate. PhD (c) Quantitative Marine Science. CSIRO-UTAS.

Dr. Mario Vega Rivero. Land & Water, CSIRO.

Mr. Pablo Alvarez Hess. Phd (c) Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. University of Melbourne.

Academic committee

Ms. Camila Espejo Benavides. PhD (c) Menzis University of Tasmania.

Dr. Rafael Leon. IMAS researcher.

Mr. Sebastian Puschel. PhD (c) University of Melbourne.

Ms Claudia Cornejo. PhD (c) in Education, Monash University.

Ms. María Carolina González Urrutia, PhD (c) Parenting and Family Support Centre University of Queensland.

Ms. Marcela Gallardo. PhD (c) Monash University.

Logistic committee

Ms. Sandra Curin Osorio. PhD (c) Quantitative Marine Science. CSIRO-UTAS.

Dr. Daniela Farias Aqueveque. Agriculture & Food, CSIRO.

Communication committee

Mr. Mauricio Ramirez Perez. PhD (c) Management and Commerce, University of Tasmania.

Ms. Jenniffer García. PhD (c). University of Queensland.

Ms. Sandra Riffo. PhD (c)

Ms. Nicole Dattwyler. University of Melbourne.

Mr. Juan Sepulveda. PhD (c) University of Melbourne.

Chilean students associations in Australia

CREGA Melbourne


Chilean Student Association at UNSW

Tasmanian team (some of them)