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The virtual greening app Plant Life Balance, created using research from the CAUL Hub, has won a coveted Webby Award. A Webby Award is an award for excellence in electronic media presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a judging body composed of over two thousand industry experts and technology innovators. The app won the People’s Voice award in the category of Mobile Sites & Apps – Lifestyle.
On display now in Melbourne’s Birrarung Mar is a Wild City sculpture, created by artist Kathy Holowko and children during a series of workshops, including one led by CAUL’s Luis Mata. The sculpture depicts a mini urban landscape and a thriving green, biodiversity-rich metropolis where plants, animals and people share their habitat. . The exhibition is a great representation of CAUL’s work to highlight the value of biodiversity urban residents, and to their connection to urban nature and its conservation.
CAUL was part of the Sydney BioBlitz, held at Sydney Park 14-15 April, and run by The City of Sydney and the National Parks Association of NSW. The event was a celebration of urban biodiversity, bringing together scientists, naturalists and community members, and encouraging visitors to become citizen scientists for a day by recording as many living things as possible. CAUL researchers, including Caraph Threlfall and Luis Mata, took visitors on pollinator, insects and bat walks, and taught them how to use our Urban Wildlife App, which allows users to record sightings of bell frogs, beneficial insects and flying foxes. The data from the app helps CAUL scientists to better understand how we can manage native wildlife and their habitats.
The CAUL hub sponsored the Fenner Conference on the Environment: Urban Sustainability and Conservation, held at the Shine Dome in Canberra, 4-6 April. The conference was an opportunity for researchers, designers, practitioners and policy makers from the fields of urban sustainability and conservation to meet and workshop ways in which Australia can be a global leader in this space. The event was a success, with many people commenting on how the boutique nature of the gathering made it more effective and enjoyable. Conference outcomes will include a conference statement that maps out a path to practical action towards sustainability of and conservation in cities in the face of rapid environmental change. The conference statement will be available on the website soon.
CAUL Hub’s Nigel Goodman has received a Global Environmental Sustainability Award to present his air quality research at the 15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), to be held in Philadelphia in July. Nigel received the award for his work with indoor air pollutants known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

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