Webinar | Suppressing and modifying the advice of Australia's environmental scientists

Published 24th September 20 12:00 AM

Suppressing expert knowledge can hide environmentally damaging practices and policies from public scrutiny. In this webinar, Don will report on the Ecological Society of Australia’s survey of ecologists and conservation scientists from universities, government and industry, which aimed to understand the prevalence and consequences of suppressing science communication.

Don will explain why people felt they could not speak out, what level of expertise people said was needed to be considered an expert, and will canvas the consequences of science suppression for democracy, environmental management and the personal consequences. He will also describe the substantial reforms that are needed to help remedy the problems, including to codes of practice, and governance of environmental assessments and research, so that scientific advice can be reported openly, in a timely manner and free from interference.

Meet the Speaker

Don Driscoll | Deakin University

Professor Don Driscoll is the Director of the Centre for Integrative Ecology at Deakin University and is the past president of the Ecological Society of Australia. His research in conservation biology includes work on threatened frogs, habitat fragmentation and loss, fire ecology and policy, invasive plants and animals and cross-disciplinary research exploring the links between technology, conservation and citizen science. Don leads the ESA’s Academic Freedom Working Group, which is building a program to respond to the very concerning findings of the survey.

This webinar will run on Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDST).

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Event details

When: 27 October 2020
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Where: Webinar

Cost: $10 EIANZ Members, $20 Non-members

Registrations Open: 24th September 20 10:00 AM

Registrations Close: 27th October 20 11:15 AM

Contact: Enquiries via +61 3 8593 4140 or

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Published 24th September 20 12:00 AM