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).
On 26 March, the new CAUL Hub Steering Committee members were welcomed at a meet up and briefing with the Executive Team. Joining the committee is: Professor Tim Entwisle - Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanical Gardens Victoria; Natasha Palich - Executive Officer, Council Alliance for a Sustainable Built Environment (CASBE), Municipal Association of Victoria; Helen Rowe - Head of Innovation and Strategy, CoDesign Studio; and Ian Shears - Practice Lead, Urban Forestry and Green Infrastructure, City of Melbourne. Along with the re-appointed members, and a new chair – Dr May Carter, Senior Policy Officer, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (WA). This term of our Steering Committee will run till the end of the hub in 2021.
Leading academic publisher Routledge has just released a new book titled Urban Biodiversity: From Research to Practice, which includes two chapters written by the CAUL Hub’s Kate Lee and Dave Kendal, and Caragh Threlfall. The book provides an overview of the science vital for current and future practitioners in charge of urban biodiversity management, its conservation and integration into urban planning.
In March, Urban researchers and practitioners from around the globe headed to Edmonton in Alberta, Canada for the inaugural IPCC Cities and Climate Change Science conference and, of course, the CAUL Hub was there! Researchers Jago Dodson and Dave Kendal donned their thermals to discuss how scientific research can inform urban policy, and identify key gaps to create a global agenda for cities and climate change.
We are partner for this year’s 202020 Vision National Tour – a program of events that aim to inspire, empower and create connections to transform our urban landscapes from grey to green. The first event of the tour was in Melbourne on Monday 26 Feb and featured a talk from the CAUL Hub’s Deputy Leader Associate Professor Joe Hurley. The next Green Light Tour event will be held in Adelaide on Tues 27 March.
You probably share your neighbourhood with some of Australia’s most threatened species - want to know which ones? The threatened species in our urban jungle is an article written by the CAUL Hub Project Co-Leader Dr Kylie Soanes. It identifies 10 of Australia’s unique and threatened urban plants and animals.
On Saturday 3 Feb, the CAUL Hub co-hosted public talk Indigenous Knowledge and Nature in our Cities. Over 200 people attended the event which was an honest, compelling and practical discussion about traditional methods as a pathway to improving the liveability and conservation value of urban landscapes.