Ideas Mingle

The Centre for Biodiversity Analysis (CBA) invites you to attend the inaugural IDEAS MINGLE, an environmental research networking event with the ACT Government Environment, Planning & Sustainable Development Directorate (EPSDD).

This will be a relaxed event to create and expand networks between ANU, UC and CSIRO environment researchers and government researchers, managers and policy developers. A number of 'speed-dating' type activities over the afternoon will enable participants to quickly identify others with relevant interests and stimulate connections and discussions.

The overall aim of this event is to form linkages and mutual awareness of each others’ capacities, priorities and research interests, in order to promote co-designed research that targets government priorities and maximises real-world impact of research.

While pinning down specific projects is not a main goal, longer term it is expected that these linkages will smooth and stimulate identification of projects for PhD/Masters/Honours students and support high-impact research collaboration.

The EPSDD Environment Division’s draft Science Plan lays out in broad terms its priority research areas of interest, and we encourage all researchers with related interests to consider attending. Some particular areas of current focus include:

  • Climate adaptation – what to expect and how to manage it across the landscape; and
  • Urban development – how to safeguard Canberra’s nature and ecosystem services in a growing city.

Social and integrative scientists are encouraged to attend, along with biophysical researchers.

Participant list


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  • 3:15pm: Tea and Coffee 
  • 3:30pm: Welcome - Dianne Gleeson, Head of Science, UC; CBA Liaison Committee
  • 3:35pm: The ACT Science Plan - Rosie Cooney, Senior Director, EPSDD Conservation Research
  • 3:40pm: ACT Government key areas (2 min speed talks by ACT Gov't staff)
  • 4:00pm: Table Talk: 10 year horizon scan - key conservation/adaptation knowledge gaps, challenges, emerging research areas.
  • 4:40pm: Research Café: Self-selecting groups to discuss research areas and expertise.
  • 5:30pm: Drinks, nibbles, mingle 


RSVP by 17 November to Paula Doyle, CBA Knowledge Broker (

Please include your affiliation (institution/school/branch) and a few sentences outlining your interests (research/management/policy).

Let us know if you would like a copy of the EPSDD Environment Division’s draft Science Plan (not yet for general distribution).

Participant numbers will be limited to facilitate discussion and accomodate social distancing.

Please note we are now at capacity for this event.

Date & time

3.15–6pm 25 November 2020


Ann Harding Centre (Bldg 24), 24 University Drive, University of Canberra, Bruce

Event series


 Paula Doyle

Updated:  30 November 2020/Responsible Officer:  Director/Page Contact:  Coordinator