Dr Kate Quigley
Geneticist at AIMS
Reef Restoration in a Changing Ocean
In 2016, 2017 and 2020, severe marine heatwaves killed
large areas of coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef. Once thought to be “too big to fail,” the Great Barrier Reef has suffered the mass death of corals in recent years. The rapid rate of coral death suggests that natural rates of recovery are too slow to keep up with warming. However, there are steps we can take to help corals survive during these precarious times. New technological solutions can increase corals’ thermal resistance. One method involves breeding tough corals to enhance heat tolerance; referred to as Assisted Gene Flow. In this talk I will present results that show that when we breed corals with at least one parent from naturally warmer reefs, this results in coral babies that survival 26x better at higher temperatures. This talk will present the potential for Assisted Gene Flow to increase the heat tolerance of corals and thus help their adaptation to conditions that are currently causing unsustainable stress. This cutting-edge work is taking place in Townsville at the world-renowned National Sea Simulator, at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Mindset Architect & Spiritual Mentor
In the uncertainty of our current world climate, we sometimes find ourselves at the mercy to our external environment. Equanimity and Emptiness are two traditional concepts of Buddhism that can be adopted to create a sense of Calm in a world of Chaos. Maurice Harvey-Hall will discuss these concepts in a practical way to aid in the acquisition of finding peace and stillness within your external environment.
Volunteer Engagement Lead, UnitingCare
The Utopian Worklife Experience!
Given the significant role that work plays in our lives, having a quality worklife experience is important to many of us. The pursuit of this experience can drive us to study more, work harder, work smarter or simple keeps us continually prospecting for new opportunities. To achieve the utopian worklife experience, a paradigm shift needs to occur in the way we think about volunteering. The paradoxical nature of volunteering is evident in the benefits received but somewhere in our thinking, the volunteering experience has been devalued and the dream job has been elevated as the pinnacle of success. Volunteering is not a second-rate choice or restricted to retirement plans. Volunteering is the utopian worklife we are looking for and we can start experiencing it today!
Lecturer (School of Education) CQU
Children as Content Creators
My topic is Children as content creators. The idea is that children are capable of creating their own content but they will need help. Digital artefacts such as explanatory animations can literally embody the learning so working with children as co-designers can provide teachers with insight into the whole process and an abundance of multimodal assessment data so it’s a win/win situation.
This topic is relevant for education because it provides a tangible example of what Alison King was suggesting 27 years ago when she published her article titled From sage on the side to guide on the side. Teachers are often reluctant adopt a student-centred model, even if they can see the benefits, so my talk provides examples of primary school children making animations and what can be achieved.
Professor at Cairns James Cook University, Australia
Prepping for the Alien Invasion
There is a lot we know with certainty about technological and environmental change. Artificial intelligence, automation, synthetic biology, climate change, and so on, will transform the ways we work, move, eat, play and interact. We know what is on the horizon but we don’t always know what this will mean for day-to-day life or how best to prepare for it. In this presentation I will explore what technological and environmental change means for all of us (but for young people especially), how we can take charge of it, where jobs are really likely to emerge, and why we need the insights of humanities and social sciences.
The Healing Power of Writing
Personal expressive writing is a simple and powerful self-care tool, freely available to all of us, that promotes healing, stress reduction, personal growth and inner peace. In our grief-adverse culture that celebrates positivity over vulnerability, faced as we are with global uncertainty, writing can be a helpful tool that builds resilience by allowing us to give voice to our messy inner lives and our negative emotions. Writing is a way to let go of storylines and memories that keep us stuck so that we can write empowered self narratives.
The Life of a Sexist Simp
I would like to discuss the role models and societal expectations for the transition of boys into men. I’ll discuss the polarisation of toxic masculinity vs the newly named ‘simp’, and how boys are being forced to choose a side. I’ll draw on some humorous personal stories to encapsulate how teenage boys are either completely afraid of or completely sexist towards women.
The Women's Business School
The Connection Economy
The Connection Economy is the economy of prosperity, collaboration and infinite possibilities. It’s the vision of an economic ecosystem, a complex network of interconnected systems built on trust, value alignment and reciprocity. As society continues to evolve beyond the industrial economy and the information economy we are seeing personal connection, trust and authentic relationships emerge to become valuable commodities at both a personal level and a global level. This economy is significantly different to those that came before, because at it’s heart it’s values are different and inherent in this economy is the connection to a deeper sense of community, purpose and meaning over the old model of pushing mass-production, competition and consumption. This new way of operating marks a global trend away from the traditional aggressive winner-takes-all approach to the way the world works. The connection economy is driven by qualities such as generosity, cooperation, communication and sharing. This new way of doing things provides a fresh perspective for solving today’s toughest problems in business, education, sustainability, health and politics. By building relationships, listening, nurturing, collaborating and fostering connections rather than simply amassing more and more assets, the connection economy provides opportunities for solving problems, finding profits, caring for the world around us and redefining success in ways that benefit society as a whole and not just the few wealthy individuals at the top. The connection economy provides us with a powerful force for change and a truly unique opportunity to collaborate to co-create a brighter future for individuals and for the world.