Seminars & Events

Seminars Unlimited

Our seminar series brings some of the world's leading researchers from across Australia and worldwide to present for one hour on most Wednesdays. Our seminars offer a wonderful insight into life in the sciences, with a diverse and engaging range of topics.

All welcome!

Venue: R4 Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor - behind the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University Hawkesbury Campus, College Drive Richmond NSW 2753

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).

Flying Fox 150

Previous Seminars

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.

EucFACE Trees 150

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.

TERN 140

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...

EucFACE Trees 150

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.

Thumbnail Research Week

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.

GCLBI Masterclass Icon

Weds Aug 2 2017

My PhD project investigated how diet impacts microbial community composition of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) gut microbiome. The results of my research will assist in the development of microbial inoculants to help relocating koalas adjust to a new diet.

Event Icon 150

August 8 2017 12.00pm - 2.00pm

On behalf of Talent and Leadership Development and in partnership with the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment,  Marketing & Internal Communications and the PVC (R&I) Office we invite you to a presentation and Q&A with The Conversation's editor Anna Evangeli.

Anna will be providing advice and support on how to pitch ideas, writing tips, and encouraging more participation from Western Sydney University's academics. Her presentation will be relevant to all disciplines.

Event Icon 150

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!

National Science Week 150

Weds July 26 2017

Completing the PhD journey is worth celebrating! Years of hard work, experiments that only sometimes cooperate, and too much coffee is just part of the long and winding road towards the PhD! At HIE, we want to celebrate the journey with a special PhD Completion Seminar, our first being Yaojie Lu. Please join us on Wednesday as Yaojie shares with us the journey, the findings and the experience of doing PhD studies at HIE.

Event Icon 150

Tues July 18 2017

Prof Paul Struik: Assessing the impact of 3D leaf anatomy on photosynthesis using microscale modelling approaches , followed by Dr Xinyou Yin: Can improvement in leaf photosynthesis increase crop productivity?

Event Icon 150

Weds July 19 2017

This seminar will present various remote sensing and geospatial analysis & modelling topics including 1) mapping of tropical forest cover loss with Landsat and MODIS satellite time series, 2) MODIS-based quantification of dryland vegetation growth dynamics, 3) Landsat-based quantification of surface water and flooding extent dynamics across a 1/4 century for the entire Murray Darling Basin and modelling of riparian vegetation dynamic drivers, and 4) quantification of individual floodplain tree health via airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral scans.

Event Icon 150

Weds 31st May 2017

In this talk I will review the history and current status of alien tree invasions in South Africa and discuss some recent and ongoing work to understand and manage these invasions.

Event Icon 150

Weds 24th May 2017

Dr Meade will provide background information on movement ecology and animal navigation, and then go on to give an overview of her current research and present some preliminary results.

Event Icon 150

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.

Event Icon 150

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.

Event Icon 150

Weds 19th April 2017

If the upper layer of the Earth's crust contains sufficient minerals and organic material to support the presence of diversified forms life, it is called soil. In each soil across world microscopic roundworms, also referred to as nematodes, are found, often in overwhelming numbers. Being trophically diverse, nematodes occupy central positions in soil food webs and fulfil key-roles in soil functioning and plant growth.

Event Icon 150

Weds 5th April 2017

This presentation will focus on possible contributions from fields and disciplines represented by HIE researchers, especially topics pertaining to ligneous materials, microbial environments, and broader issues of sustainability around both energy use and sauna construction. Interested colleagues will be invited to join a new WSU Sauna Studies research group that is hoping to contribute to communal wellbeing and a local and international level.

Event Icon 150

Fri 7th April 2017

Soil organic matter (SOM) regulates multiple ecosystem processes, including the exchange of trace gases and primary productivity. Recently, there has been vigorous debate over the role that microbial products play in forming stable soil organic matter, with increasing analytical evidence using isotopes, molecular chemistry, and microscopy all showing that SOM possesses a strong microbial signature.

Event Icon 150

Fri 31st March 2017

I present an overview of savanna burning in northern Australia, linking biodiversity, Greenhouse gas abatement and the development of Indigenous livelihoods.

Event Icon 150

We also show that under future elevated CO2 levels, populations of aphids, which spread cereal viruses, will decline on noninfected plants, but feeding rates and damage are anticipated to increase.

Event Icon 150
Weds March 22 2017, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Due to our choices, our diverse and incredible world is rapidly changing. Each of us will be affected by the changes that take place on our planet, some more than others. We need to foster a kinder world, one in which we consider impacts to others as if they were happening to ourselves. This is the message I convey as I share climate science with others.

Event Icon 150
Weds March 15 2017, 3.30pm - 4.30pm

This paper engages with ecological and historical analysis of global trends in biological invasion. It explores different perspectives on the dynamics and chronologies of globalization, a process of integration. It is perhaps easiest and best to conceive of two stages in ecological globalization since the 1500s based on the rate and flow of introduced species.

Event Icon 150

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.

Hot In The City 210

Seminar Committee

Ask us about presenting a seminar - we're here to help. Email us at

Dr Paul Rymer
Dr Paul Rymer

Assoc Prof Brendan Choat
Assoc Prof Brendan Choat

Dr Jonathan Plett
Dr Jonathan Plett

More Events

Join our community and find out about research, events and opportunities.