Guest Speakers May-June 2009

  • Jasmin Pasalic of Oberon High. Jasmin attended the Honeywell Engineering School a few months ago. Jasmin gave a very good account of his time in Sydney at last December Honeywell Engineering Summer School. (HESS). A week long, checked out the various engineering courses at the different Unis, only 80 people there (so need to get in early); He seemed to change his mind about the engineering discipline (from mechanical to civil) after the school;
  • Meeting in Bathurst (Bathurst Entertainment Centre – 6.30) – speaker Tim Flannery, with dinner at OConnell Cafe afterwards. A very good talk was enjoyed by the large group of members who attended Tim Flannery’s presentation. A nice change not to see the commonplace powerpoint support – he got his message across without the need for pictures! (to quote an anonymous member – “I went home and read about half of ‘Now or never’ (Black Inc. 2009). Easy to read, most important for all to get hold of ($22 from Books Plus in Bathurst). Dinner at the O’Connell Cafe was great.
  • Dinner and Cave tour – at Jenolan Caves
  • Hans Guldberg -. ‘Biodiversity Hotspots’
    Hans gave an excellent talk on biodiversity hotspots – areas of great biological diversity that warrant preservation, and will be threatened by global warming. The identified 10 areas in 1998 (by Conservation International?) have been expanded to 34 now. These vary from for example, one area in Australia (a spot in WA) to the entire country of NZ. Hans covered a wide range of issues – why these areas should be preserved, why they were threatened, Funding alternatives to assist preservation. He had also spent some time gathering great pictures to illustrate his case. His mention of global warming was followed by the comment along the lines of it’s easier to bury your head in the sand if half the world is a desert. Comments and discussion ranged from the significance of the problem (is it a continuing part of world climate evolution) to alternative approaches to preserving biodiversity. Thanks Hans – an excellent coverage of the issues, and very professional presentation

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