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Backscatter Public Forum: Cross-disciplinary collaboration and the ocean

Summary

Three researchers from diverse fields lead a discussion on ways in which cross-disciplinary collaboration can help to engage with multiple perspectives to expand our awareness and appreciation of the marine environment as a valuable cultural and economic asset.

Start Date

6th Sep 2017 6:30pm

End Date

6th Sep 2017 7:30pm

Venue

Aurora Lecture Theatre, IMAS Waterfront Building, Castray Esplanade

RSVP / Contact Information

E: Annalise.Rees@utas.edu.au

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Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone is one of the largest in the world with a total marine area of around 10 million square kilometres - considerably larger than the 7.69 million square kilometres of the Australian mainland States and Territories. Increasingly our attention turns to the sea as an important defining characteristic of our island continent. Nowhere is this more apparent than the island state of Tasmania.

Tasmanians have a close affinity with the ocean. As Australia’s island state our watery borders define our existence: the sea both separates and connects. For many the marine environment is an important resource and a workplace. For others, a playground for leisure and recreation. Many see it as a fragile environment we need to look after. Differing voices and perspectives inform our love of the ocean and in turn it is these voices that help to define our connection to it. Understanding the complex and interwoven nature of these connections and accommodating varying perspectives can be challenging.

Historian Dr Joy McCann (ANU), marine spatial analyst Dr Vanessa Lucieer (UTAS) and visual artist Dr Annalise Rees (UTAS) will lead a discussion on ways in which cross-disciplinary collaboration can help to engage with multiple perspectives to expand our awareness and appreciation of the marine environment as a valuable cultural and economic asset.