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“Chile-Australia: development and scientific opportunities for our future world”

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Chilean students and researchers in Tasmania.


Executive committee. Introducing our Melburnian friend Pablo

biopabloPablo is a veterinarian from Valdivia (South of Chile) with experience in large animal clinic and aquaculture. In 2013 he came to Australia to do a master of animal science at The University of Melbourne. After completing his masters degree, Pablo stayed in Melbourne to do a PhD. Pablo’s doctoral research is focused on finding methods for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural industries. Specifically, Pablo has analyzed the effect of different diets and feed additives on methane emissions from dairy cows. Pablo is the president of CREGA, the research group for Chilean graduate students from The University of Melbourne and also part of the program committee of the 6th Chilean Graduate Conference.

Executive committee. Introducing Manuel Ruiz

manuelManuel is a wildlife veterinarian, graduated from the Universidad Austral de Chile. Before moving to Tasmania in 2014, he worked in research projects related to wild carnivores-livestock conflict, impact of climate change on amphibian populations and ecology of armadillos in Patagonia. During his doctoral research at the University of Tasmania, he has worked in understanding the physiological interactions between the Tasmanian devils and their transmissible cancer (DFTD) and how they may drive evolution between hosts and pathogen in the long term. He collaborates with the Tasmanian team in the general coordination of our conference.

Executive Committee Introduction – Today introducing Claudio

Claudio1Dr. Claudio Castillo-Jordán is a Data Analyst Research Scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere where he started in April 2017 after finished his PhD. Claudio is also one of the Directors for the Chilean Graduate Conference 2018, a collaboration between Chilean Postgrad Students Association in Australia, CSIRO and the University of Tasmania. Claudio grew up in Linares, central Chile and did his Undergrad (Aquaculture and Fishing Engineer) in Concepcion (BioBio Region) at the Catholic University of Concepcion. After that, he started to work at the Oceanography Department in “Marines Populations Assessment Laboratory” at University of Concepcion in Chile in several fisheries projects funded by the Chilean Government. He was responsable for taking samples onboard, processing and reporting results. Then he decides to start his Master of science in Fisheries at University of Concepcion, working with small pelagic fish and environmental variables in Chile. After the big earthquake in Chile (2010), he made the decision to come to study his PhD in Hobart, arriving in June 2012 and starting his PhD in February 2013. Claudio has been with the CSIRO for the past 5 years, demonstrated connections in recruitment patterns across southern hemisphere fish stocks related to differing global and local environmental signals. He modelled the implications of incorporating environmental change to demonstrate its importance for sustainable management of global fish stocks. ​Recently Dr. Castillo-Jordan was part of a CSIRO delegation working in collaboration with  IFOP in Valparaiso (Chile), implementing Management Strategy Evaluation for the Chilean fisheries.

Academic Qualifications

  • 2017  Ph.D. (Quantitative Marine Science) Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia.
  • 2010  M.Sc. (Fisheries.) Universidad de Concepción, Concepción, Chile.
  • 2006 B.Sc. (Hons. Fisheries and Aquaculture Engineer.) Universidad Católica de la Ssma. Concepción, Concepción, Chile.

Welcome message

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Steering Committee, we are delighted to invite you to take part in the 6th Chilean Graduate Conference in Australia (6CGC), will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, between the 21st and 23rd of November 2018.

The Chilean Graduate Conference (CGC) was first launched in 2013 and organized by the Association of Chilean Graduate Students in Melbourne. Since its first version, the conference has aimed to bring together Chilean graduate students and researchers working in Australia to enhance the research opportunities for both countries. The topic of the first conference was “Embracing different areas of knowledge” and there were 40 attendees, all of which were graduate students from the University of Melbourne. Since this pioneering effort, other associations of Chilean researchers in Australia have taken part in the conference, which allowed to organize it in Brisbane and Sydney. As a result, the conference became a yearly event, increasing the extent of topics, the number of attendees, and institutions involved. In 2018, in its 6th version, the conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania, hosted by the Association of Chilean graduate Students and Researchers, including new territories and participant institutions.

This year the conference addresses the topic: “Chile-Australia: development and scientific opportunities for our future world”, and the organising committee has identified four crucial themes through which this topic will be addressed:

  • Marine Science and Climate change
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources
  •  Humanities, Social Sciences and Art
  • Biomedical Science

The committee has assembled a remarkable group of plenary speakers to spearhead these themes, which will be addressed through a mixed plan of presentation, workshops, and discussions. The program was designed to represent the high diversity of disciplinary research areas in which Chilean graduate students and researchers are working in Australia. Thus, the conference offers a great and unique opportunity to interact with Chilean scholars and researchers, strengthening links and networks between the scientific community of Chile and Australia.

This year, the steering committee has aimed to enhance the scope of the conference by including two workshops as part of it. One of them will address the challenges of scientific publication and will be conducted by experienced journal editors from the different fields represented in the conference. The second workshop will be focused on science communication and outreach led by experts in the field. Both workshops promise to provide the attendees with important tools and insights to enhance the overall visibility and impact of their research, and therefore another reason to be part of this exciting conference! (apart of the obvious one… It’s Tassie!)

The main topics in the Conference are important to the economy and development of Chile and Australia. In consistency, this year the conference will take place in Hobart, Tasmania, in partnership between Chilean and Australian institutions based in Tasmania that have been developing important scientific collaborations in the last years. The meeting itself will take place in the headquarters of CSIRO Tasmania, where world-class research takes place, with an essential contribution of the Chilean community of graduate researchers in Tasmania.

We confidently anticipate a very successful conference, addressing highly topical scientific issues. We look forward to welcoming you in Tasmania in November 2018.

Manuel Ruiz
Chilean students and researchers in Tasmania.