Tuesday 9th May 2023
4.00pm – 5.30pm (AWST) Presentations and panel discussion, followed by refreshments and networking
Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, 1 Bryce Avenue, Kensington WA (In person event)
Hosted by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, Western Australian Marine Science Institution and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
Special guest: Ms Hannah Mary Beazley MLA: Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Innovation and the Digital Economy
Erica Smyth AC: Erica Smyth has over 45 years of experience in the mineral and petroleum industries, initially as a minerals exploration geologist and later in project management, government approvals, corporate affairs, community interactions and media information. For the last 15 years she has been a professional company director. Erica currently holds non-executive director roles the MinEx Cooperative Research Centre and the Lions Eye Institute. She was one in a team of 4 people in the working party assisting Graeme Samuels in his 2020 review of the EPBC Act. Since 2018 she has been on the various iterations of the WA Biodiversity Data Sharing Advisory committees led first by Tom Hatton and more recently Matthew Tonts, Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority.
Professor Owen Nevin, CEO, WABSI: Owen is an experienced conservation biologist and research leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the conservation and management of large carnivores globally. Much of his work has focused around advancing the conservation of threatened species and their habitats through developing better management, an understanding of behaviour and ecosystem function, and human impacts.
Dr Luke Twomey, CEO, WAMSI: Luke is a phytoplankton ecologist with experience across the fields of environmental impact assessment, management, research and teaching in estuarine, nearshore and offshore environments, both in Australia and internationally. Luke is passionate about understanding and managing human induced impacts on the natural marine environment and finding solutions to encourage healthy and resilient ecosystems in regions under development pressure.
Facilitator: Mark Stickells, Executive Director, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre: Mark leads the Pawsey Supercomputing Research Centre, a critical national research infrastructure located in Perth, WA. Pawsey’s high performance computing and data services support Australian researchers and international radioastronomy projects including the multinational Square Kilometre Array. Pawsey’s exascale-class system, Setonix, named after WA’s quokka, is the Southern Hemisphere’s most powerful, energy efficient supercomputer.
Join us as we celebrate Data Science & AI Week 2023, bringing together end users, data scientists, technologists and more, to raise awareness of the value of shared biodiversity data and analytics.