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18 August 2017 Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture / SEES Prize Night

The guest speaker for the 2017 lecture was, Dr Janice M Lough, a Senior Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS, Townsville) and Adjunct Professorial Research Fellow and Partner Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Reef Studies, James Cook University. She is a climate scientist who has been publishing on issues related to climate change for over 30 years.
Janice has a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. She completed a PhD in 1982 at the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, on tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures and climate in sub-Saharan Africa. She held an NSF-funded post-doctoral position at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, from 1982 to 1986. In 1986 she came to AIMS for a two-year postdoctoral position working with environmental records from corals and has been a research scientist at AIMS since 1988.
Current research activities focus on 1) obtaining annual growth and proxy environmental and records from massive corals over the past several centuries; this places current changes in an historical context, and 2) assessing how climate is already changing for tropical marine ecosystems; climate change is not a future event, significant warming of the tropical oceans has already occurred with observable consequences for coral reefs.


19 August 2016 Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture / SEES Prize Night

The guest speaker for 2016, was Tim Flannery, an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist. Talk title: Climate Change, The Challenge out to 2050.


1 May 2015 Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture

The guest speaker for 2015 was Professor Bruce Thom, Member, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists and Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences at UOW.  Bruce’s guest talk title was “Healthy environments and productive economy – a challenge for the future of Australia”. Download Professor's biography and talk abstract [PDF].
UOW Media Release "Call to Integrate Regional Environment Strategies".
Download the 2015 Allan Sefton Invitation [PDF]
Photographs of prize recipients are available for viewing.


23-25 February 2015 - AMSN Conference 


2 May 2014 Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture

The 2014 guest speaker was Pepe Clarke; CEO at the Nature Conservation Council of NSW. The late Allan Sefton was well known to residents of the Illawarra and further afield for his work as a naturalist and conservator of the local environment. In recognition of his contributions to environmental science in the Illawarra region, the Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture was established in 1993 and is a public occasion where a distinguished Australian scientist speaks on a topic of wide environmental interest. Download the Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture Poster [PDF]

Download the Campus News article.  See also the Illawarra Mercury, Tuesday May 6, 2014.
Photographs of this event are now available for viewing.
You can also watch a video of the evening's proceedings 

Last reviewed: 6 September, 2017