Issue 9 - October 5, 2009 enews homee

Darwinian science celebrated at specialist symposium

University of Greenwich students Dhaval Patel, Jenny Wallace and Nainesh Patel join in the Symposium celebrations

From left: University of Greenwich students Dhaval Patel, Jenny Wallace and Nainesh Patel join in the Symposium celebrations
By Row Booker

The Charles Darwin Symposium: Shaping our Science, Society and Future has just drawn to a close at the Darwin Convention Centre, signifying the end of a two-year joint project between the Northern Territory Government and Charles Darwin University.

More than 600 people registered to attend the symposium designed to mark the 200th anniversary of eminent naturalist and father of modern-day evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin.

The event also marked the 150th anniversary of the publication “On the Origin of Species”, and it was this revolutionary and controversial title that formed the basis of discussion throughout the three-day Symposium.

Darwin specialists from across the globe attended to deliver presentations on how Darwinian science had contributed to their particular fields of expertise.

Also in attendance were three students from the University of Greenwich in the UK each currently undertaking an MSc in Environmental Conservation.

The students carry out much of their research at Downe in Kent, where Darwin lived and carried out his daily studies for more than 40 years.

Senior lecturer Debbie Bartlett, who accompanied the students, said the students were incredibly lucky in that they got to carry out their research right in the heart of Darwin's Landscape Laboratory - the site around Downe which is the UK's nominated World Heritage Site for decision in 2010.

"They are carrying out research in the same woods and fields as Darwin, and by using his research are able to draw comparisons and further understand how climate change is affecting the land and wildlife. They are also carrying out research in to what farming and forestry techniques will best preserve the land and wildlife for future generations,” she said.

The students attended the Symposium to discuss the use of Darwinian science in tackling today's environmental challenges.

The full program of the Symposium including recordings of each presentation can be found online at the following weblink: https://www.cdu.edu.au/enews/versions/092209symp.html

A picture gallery from the event can also now be viewed online at https://www.cdu.edu.au/cdss2009/imagegallery.html.