CSIRO Hobart invites our partners, past and present staff or anyone interested in breakthrough innovation and science, to our networking evening. Hear from our local teams, across a range of scientific disciplines, and learn about their cutting edge projects and how they are exploring and discovering new opportunities. You will have an opportunity to reconnect with past colleagues and hear from the following project teams:

  • Oceans & Atmosphere
  • Marine National Facility
  • STEM Professionals in Schools
  • Agriculture & Food
  • Land & Water

The presentations will be followed by networking drinks and refreshments.

Scroll down for a full synopsis and speaker biographies.


  • Free

Event date: 11Nov 2019

Monday 11 Nov 2019

CSIRO Hobart

  • 5.45pm - 9.00pm. The presentations will start at 6.00pm in the theatre.

Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS
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CSIRO Hobart, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point TAS 7004

Our speakers

CSIRO Land & Water – Dr Anthony O'Grady, Leader of the Landscape and Forest Function Team

Climate risks to Tasmania's forests-implications for pollination security

Dr O'Grady will explore the work we have been doing examining risks to forests associated with climate change. He will then try and localise this knowledge by highlighting how this is impacting industry in Tasmania and start to address some of the potential solutions we are exploring.

CSIRO Ocean & Atmosphere – Javier Porobic Garate, Experimental scientist

Javier will give a presentation on "Going to extremes. Ecosystem modelling from a simple to a not so simple approach. There is no excuse for not using an ecosystem approach."

Dr. Javier Porobic is an ecosystem modeler who is part of the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group based at CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere in Hobart. He has a strong background in marine biology with a focus on numerical modeling and management of marine ecosystems and resources. His main interest is to understand the functioning of marine ecosystems and how their management and understanding can help to sustain marine resources for future generations. Dr. Porobic is also a member of the Centre for Marine Socioecology, University of Tasmania.

Marine National Facility

Hear about the Marine National Facility and how it has supported, enabled and inspired marine science for Australia. Funded for 300 research days each year, hear how Australia's dedicated blue-water research vessel, Investigator, is delivering vital research, education and training across our vast marine estate and beyond.

Agriculture and Food – Simon Allen, Weather and Climate Decisions Team

Making the Leap

There is a gulf between the data used in weather forecasting, its delivery as a weather forecast and the information needed by agriculture for their day to day operational decision making. It is also very difficult for farmers and growers to see the long term trends in their past weather and what it means in terms of agriculturally significant variables.

CSIRO and BOM embarked upon a 'journey of discovery' visiting each and every natural Resource Management (NRM) region to talk to the agricultural operators to listen and learn about what information was needed and how it needed to be presented to be 'useful' to the individuals in each region.

Simon will share some of his experiences and some of the learnings from this project, in what he hopes will be a reasonably light-hearted and amusing presentation.

The project is shaping the BOM's future engagement strategy across agriculture.

STEM Professionals in Schools

How do we inspire the next generation of problem solvers and innovators?

With the CSIRO STEM Professionals in Schools program! The program supports the curriculum and is designed to bring real-world STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) experience into the classroom, by facilitating flexible, ongoing partnerships between STEM professionals and teachers in schools across Australia. In Tasmania, 100 partnerships are currently active, with STEM professionals volunteering from all levels of Government and the private sector.


Time Activity
4.30pm Doors open
5.00-6.00pm Fish collection tours for pre-registered guests (Fish Collection tours are full)
6.00pm Welcome address
6.15pm Presentations followed by Q&A
7.30pm Networking drinks and canapes
9.00pm Close