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Public forum: Urban Ecology and Biodiversity

Join a lively public forum at Federation Square’s Deakin Edge on 26 February and find out more about urban ecology and biodiversity, two of the most pressing global issues of our time.

Presented by the City of Melbourne and moderated by ABC News Breakfast presenter Virginia Trioli, this inspiring and informative forum will include the official Australian book launch of Urbanisation, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Challenges and Opportunities.

The book represents the world’s first global assessment of the effects of urbanisation on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Panel members will include Prof. Thomas Elmqvist from the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Dr Chris Ives from RMIT, A/Prof Ruth Beilin from The University of Melbourne, and Prof. Mark McDonnell from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), a division of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.

All four panel members have written a chapter of the 32-chapter book. Together with ARCUE colleagues Dave Kendal and Amy Hahs, Prof. McDonnell contributed a chapter which specifically examines how Melbourne is facing up to the challenges of urban ecology and biodiversity. 

The free forum promises to be a stimulating and lively discussion with opportunities for audience participation.


Urban Ecology and Biodiversity public forum

Date: Wednesday 26 February

Time: 7 – 8.30pm

Location: Deakin Edge at Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne

Bookings: via Eventbrite

More information: via That’s Melbourne or call the City of Melbourne on (03) 9658 9658


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