Keynote Speakers

Dr Cass Hunter

Indigenous social ecological researcher |
Coastal Development and Management Program
Oceans and Atmosphere

Dr Cass Hunter is a Kuku Yalanji and Torres Strait Islander woman. She is an Indigenous social ecological research scientist with CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere. Cass leads research on collaborative environmental design, useability and uptake of tools, research translation, and development of participatory tools to support sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems. Blue carbon is providing a new opportunity for emerging markets to support Indigenous-led blue carbon methodology that links Indigenous knowledge and values with wider markets and frameworks. She has strong interests in providing opportunities for Traditional Owners to engage in environmental enterprises.


A/Prof Peter Macreadie

Head of Blue Carbon Lab

Dr Peter Macreadie is the Head of the Blue Carbon Lab based at Deakin University in Victoria and the Lab is in the forefront of global efforts to advance blue carbon science and projects. Peter’s research focuses on understanding and responding to the impacts of global change in aquatic ecosystems (namely marine, but also freshwater). In particular, his research focuses on capitalising on ‘blue carbon’ and showcasing the powerful ability of coastal vegetated ecosystems to sequester carbon, and thereby help mitigate climate change. Coastal ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems (seagrasses, saltmarshes, mangroves) are among earth’s most efficient carbon sinks, burying carbon faster than tropical rainforests and locking away carbon in the ground for millennial time scales. His approach to research is multi-disciplinary, spanning the fields of chemistry, ecology, microbiology, economics, policy, and molecular biology.

Mr Tim Moltmann

Integrated Marine Observing Systems (IMOS)

Tim Moltmann is the Chair of Australia’s National Marine Science Committee and current Director of Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), based at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. In this role he is responsible for planning and implementation of a large national collaborative research infrastructure program, which is deploying a wide range of observing equipment in the oceans around Australia and making all of the data openly available to the marine and climate science community and other stakeholders. Tim’s other national roles include being Co-Chair of Australia’s Forum for Operational Oceanography, and a member of national committees on Marine Biodiversity research, Environmental Information, and integrated monitoring and reporting for the Great Barrier Reef. He has worked in primary industries and fisheries at State Government level, and has extensive background experience in private industry in Australia and the UK. His international roles include being Chair of the Global Ocean Observing System Regional Alliance Forum, and an ex officio member of the Global Ocean Observing System Steering Committee.

Key Dates

August 2018
Call for Symposia Opens

September 2018
Call for Symposia Closes

December 2018 
Early Bird Registration opens

15 February 2019 
Call for Abstracts Closes

March 2019
Abstract Outcomes

April 2019
Early Bird Registration closes

7 – 11 July 2019