TESS seminars feature international, Australian, and local JCU researchers whose work falls within Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Sciences. Speakers are typically established or postdoctoral researchers.

  • Where: Cairns Institute D3.054 in Cairns, video-linked to ATSIP 145-030 Townsville
  • When:   4 - 5pm on the advertised date, followed by drinks and nibbles
  • Who:     All welcome!

If you are hosting a visitor or would like to give a seminar, please contact the seminar coordinator, Dr Yoko Ishida by email to yoko.ishida@jcu.edu.au

TESS postgraduate students are encouraged to present at the annual TESS retreat.

Next seminar

Wei Xiang

Data-driven Internet of Things for Better Environment Protection and A Case Study of Smart Catchments for the Great Barrier Reef

Wednesday, 27th March 2019 | Presented by Prof Wei Xiang and Dr Lynne Powell|IoT - JCU/ Cairns Regional Council

It is well known that the Internet of Things (IoT) technology is one of the most crucial digital infrastructure for the fourth industrial revolution that is revolutionising the way we live our lives. Some consider IoT technology as a frontend of big data. We would argue that IoT is a data-driven technology on its own, which is composed of three layers, i.e., the data collection layer, data communications layer, and data analytics layer. This three-layer stratification well explains why IoT technology serves as a foundation to and is inseparable from machine learning (ML) / artificial Intelligence (AI).

We will pay specific attention to how data-drive and learning-based IoT technology can be used to protect one of the greatest natural treasures on the planet – the Great Barrier Reef. Cairns Regional Council is leading the Smart Catchments: Saltwater Creek pilot study in a partnership with James Cook University, the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership and Itron Australasia. This study is testing new technology that will deliver water quality data in real-time and in-turn inform better water management processes. By sharing this data through a publicly accessible online platform Cairns residents will be encouraged to care for their local catchment and identify how they can avoid and reduce pollutants that are entering our waterways; and take actions to encourage and support sustainable, healthy water in our region.

Coming up

Abstract and session details to follow

Jenn firn

From grasslands to tropical forests: understanding the implications of pervasive environmental change on plant populations, plant communities and local people

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 | Presented by A/Prof Jennifer Firn|QUT


Sugary chocolate bananas: Improving farming of three key tropical crops

Wednesday, 10th April 2019 | Presented by Dr Kalu Davies, Samantha Forbes & Ryan Orr|JCU

rache carey

Seminar 8

Wednesday, 17th April 2019 | Presented by Dr Rachel Carey|University of Melbourne

Seminar 9

Wednesday, 1st May 2019 | Presented by Prof Hurriyet Babacan| JCU

Seminar 10

Wednesday, 8th May 2019 | Presented by Prof Jon Nott| JCU

Seminar 11

Wednesday, 15th May 2019 | Presented by|

Seminar 12

Wednesday, 22nd May 2019 | Presented by|

Seminar 13

Wednesday, 29th May 2019 | Presented by|