2015 applications now open

Do you want to become an environmental leader?nametag open day
Do you wish to enjoy the flexibility to design a program that meets your goals?
Applications are now open for the Master of Environment for Semester 2, 2015.

There are two options available for graduates wishing to study a Master of Environment, find out more here  or contact the Office for Environmental Programs to discuss further email query-environment@unimelb.edu.au

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clock SmallImportant information for OEP Students:  2015 Re-enrolment for Semester 1 & Semester 2 is now open for changes, additions and new subjects.

Please check the 2015 Handbook, if subject not currently included in your Study Plan (and relevant to your stream/program) please contact us by email query-environment@unimelb.edu.au for assistance.

Enrolment requirements for Law subjects: please check Useful Forms for further details.

Last date for Re-enrolment is 5pm on 12th December, 2014.  Late enrolments will incur a fine.

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International Course on River Basin Management

Call for Expressions of Interest

The International Course on River Basin Management is an intensive one week course to be held from 26th to 30th August 2013 at the University of Melbourne’s Parkville Campus. The course is which is being organized by Tsinghua University in China and the University of Melbourne is designed to give post graduate students insights into the diverse and complex world of river basin management.

The 2013 Course will:

* focus on the Murray Darling Basin in Australia, and the Yellow River Basin in China;

* draw on the challenging experiences in the Murray Darling Basin which has undergone the most radical transformation since the River Murray Waters Agreement was signed in 1914 , including the Water Act(2007), The Basin Plan, creation of environmental water holders , modernization of ageing irrigation systems while maintaining agricultural  production under the stress of the most severe drought in recorded history;

* be cross disciplinary exploring issues of governance, public policy, environmental and climate science, water engineering, economics and the social consequences of the reforms

* be delivered by academics and experienced practitioners with deep understanding of the Murray Darling Basin including presenters from the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and the Murray Darling Basin Authority (partners in the Australia China Centre on River Basin Management);

* include a field trip to the Goulburn Valley to see at first hand the complexities involved in modernizing an irrigation system, including its irrigated farms; and

* provide an overview of the challenges facing the Yellow River Basin by Professor  Zhongjing Wang, Vice Dean of Civil Engineering at Tsinghua University

The International Course on River Basin Management is supported by Tsinghua University, and the Australia China Centre on River Basin management led by the University of Melbourne and is provided without charge to post graduate students of both these universities.  A total of 15 postgraduate students from each university can participate. A competitive selection process is being used at both universities to select the participants.

An expression of interest involving a brief CV and a 350 word statement describing your reasons for applying should be submitted to Professor John Langford, Department of Infrastructure Engineering email laj@unimelb.edu.au  by Friday 12 July 2013.

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Legal perspectives on disaster preparedness Seminar

Next Friday, the 21st June, at midday, Lisa Caripis and Tim Baxter from the Melbourne Law School will present to the seminar series on the topic of “Responsibility for climate change adaptation and preparedness for extreme events: A legal perspective on who does what and how”.

A number of disaster enquiries in Australia have emphasised the need to clarify roles and responsibilities in the area of natural disaster risk management. Similarly, recent policy statements on climate change adaptation have focused on identifying which responsibilities are best allocated to government and to the private sector. In this presentation researchers from Melbourne Law School, Tim Baxter and Lisa Caripis, consider the legal and governance arrangements relevant to adaptation and disaster risk management. Using examples, they look at how the way in which roles and responsibilities are defined affects the choice of legal and regulatory tools and how existing legal arrangements, in turn, can affect the allocation of roles and responsibilities.

Tim and Lisa work on the VCCCAR-funded project, Governance models for adaptation and natural disaster risk management: legal, regulatory, institutional and financial assessment. VCCCAR, the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research, is a research organisation that fosters collaboration between universities, government, private and community sectors to assist the development of policy and build understanding and capacity in relation to adaptation across the private and public sectors in Victoria.

Seminar venue: Harold White Theatre, Level 2, 757 Swanston St, which is building 199 on the Parkville campus.

A map of the campus can be found here http://maps.unimelb.edu.au/parkville. All are welcome!

The flyer for the seminar is attached Caripis and Baxter NDMRI seminar 210613


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Calling young researchers

Thriving Neighbourhoods Conference 2013.

Venue: Melbourne Town Hall
Date: 28-30 October 2013

Thriving Neighbourhoods 2013 invites post-graduate students to talk about their research and what they see as its relevance to the challenges of thriving communities: how can knowledge from their research inform those who work to create and manage neighbourhoods that will thrive in the coming decades. We are looking for cutting-edge ideas and solutions to challenges faced by governments, planning professionals, the property and development sector and communities.

•Young = post-graduate students 35 years old and under
• Abstracts = 400 words or less, covering any of the points in the diagram
• First 20 abstracts to get the highest marks get complimentary registrations
• Those selected must agree to limit presentations to five minutes. Ample time
after each session to expound through Q&A
• Opportunities for poster presentations

Top papers get complimentary conference registration – Abstract deadline – 28 June 2013

More information Thriving Neighbourhoods 2013

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