Invited Speakers

beth-fulton_thSession 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 

RichSenior 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 Resourcesauro_2_2012b

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 DawkinssaraDawkins

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 ScienceAlisonVenn

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.