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Our events bring some of the world's leading researchers from across Australia and worldwide with a diverse and engaging range of topics.

Learn How To Harness The Life In Your Soils For Better Cropping Outcomes

Participants at our Soils Masterclasses have learnt how to adopt practices and strategies to enhance the life in soils and use the power of plant-soil-microbial relationships to unlock soil nutrients, produce healthier and more nutritious plants and understand how microbes drive modern farming success.

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Understanding how diverse taxa and ecosystems will respond to multi-factorial global change is a ‘wicked’ problem – due to uncertainty about generality of behavior among taxa, ecosystems, and biomes; weak understanding of complex interactions; and a limited toolbox with which to examine these knowledge gaps.

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The Australasian Bat Society is proud to announce that its 18th biennial conference and Annual General Meeting will be held in Richmond (Western Sydney University).

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Mosses are known to be associated with a variety of microorganisms including fungi. However, most of the moss-fungus interactions have not been investigated and their relationships remain unknown.

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Models and modelling are central concepts within global change research – as in other scientific fields – but the applicability and potential of modelling to inform, enrich, and communicate outcomes from empirical ecosystem research are arguably not fully realised in common research practice.

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This course is for post-graduate students and post-docs with biological/ecological backgrounds who are interested in applying stable isotope tools for their research. No previous knowledge of stable isotopes is required.

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November 2017

The Annual OzFlux Meeting brings the flux community together every year to learn the latest in environmental monitoring and scientific techniques.

Please join us in 2017 at the beautiful Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University, home to the Cumberland Plains Observatory and unique field facilities.

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This event is your chance to hear what EucFACE is doing, what has been found, and most importantly whether the future of our forests under elevated CO2 in our air makes our planet's "lungs" future look safe and sound, or something else...

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The Beauty and Poetry of Flowers

Run by the Western Sydney University School of Social Science and Psychology and the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, we invite you to join us at Parramatta South Campus on Monday 23rd October for a fun and inspiring evening of talks on the different ways that flowers bring colour, food and fragrance to our lives and those of countless insects and animals.

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This August, we will again be hosting showcase events as part of National Science Week.

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment is part of the Western Sydney Science Hub to showcase all things science, wildlife and sustainability during National Science Week!

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Weds 17th May 2017

In her presentation, Dr Umbers will outline current thinking around startle displays, how they compare to other antipredator defences. She will present the results of several new studies that contribute field-based data to our understanding of these complex defences.

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Weds 10th May 2017

My research has included urban and non-urban (often National Park) streams of northern and southern Sydney. More recently this has included upland swamps of the Blue Mountains where our research suggests the endangered wetland ecological communities (Commonwealth and NSW listed) are suffering ionic contamination from urban development.

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Dec 1-5 2016: The Australian and New Zealand Society for Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry (ANZSCPB) is an unofficial society that meets annually at locations around Australia and New Zealand. The aim of each meeting is to promote scientific excellence in comparative research in a socially enjoyable atmosphere.


Tues 25 Oct 2016: With more than 90% of Australians living in cities and urban centres, issues of health, wellbeing and liveability in our cities are in the news more than ever.

This forum explores Western Sydney University's four research themes in the context of life in urban centres with a particular focus on challenges of urban heat islands, greenspace benefits, urban living trends and health implications for our future cities.

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Dr Paul Rymer
Dr Paul Rymer

Assoc Prof Brendan Choat
Assoc Prof Brendan Choat

Dr Jonathan Plett
Dr Jonathan Plett

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