Faculty of Science and Technology

Symposium schedule

23 Mar 201417:00-19:00Arrival/Welcome
24 Mar 2014All dayOne-day Research Symposium
 8:30-9:00Welcome by Director, NIGLAS & DVCR&I, Federation University Australia
  Theme: Wetland ecosystem resilience and ecosystem services
Chair: Prof. Peter Scales, Melbourne University
 9:00-9:20Prof. Max Finlayson- Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia.
"Determining baselines and thresholds of change in wetlands"

Prof. Junguo Liu- Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, China.
"Understanding historical trend of ecosystem services for river restoration: a case study of the Yongding river in Beijing, China"

 9:40-10:00Prof. Prem Chhetri- RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
"Estimating visual quality, a component of culturally-associated ecosystem services in palaeo lake environments"
 10:00-10:20Dr. Rong Wang- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Palaeolimnological evidence for resilience loss under nature perturbations in a lake ecosystem"
 10:20-10:40COFFEE BREAK
  Theme: Human disturbances and river regulations
Chair: Prof. Max Finlayson, Charles Sturt University  
 10:40-11:00Prof. Peter Gell- Federation University Australia
"Assessing change in floodplain wetland condition in Murray Darling Basin"
 11:00-11:20Prof. Xiangdong Yang- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Recent environmental changes in shallow Yangtze lakes" 

Dr. Giri Kattel- Federation University Australia.
"Understanding the recent ecological and hydrological changes in floodplain wetlands of Murray and Yangtze Rivers"


Prof. Jenny Davis- University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia
"Understanding the impacts of multiple stressors and associated regime shifts in shallow wetlands"

 12:00-14:00LUNCH BREAK
  Theme: Impact of climate change on wetland ecosystems
Chair: Prof. Zhenwen Liu, NIGLAS 

Prof. Guoping Wang- Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China.
"Wetlands and Environmental Change in Northeast China"

 14:20-14:40Dr. Samantha Capon- Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
"Resilience and adaptive capacity of wetland vegetation to climate and hydrological change"
 14:40-15:00Dr. Patrick Rioual- Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IGG-CAS), Beijing, China.
"Diatom-based ecological classification of shallow lakes in the Badain Jaran Desert (Inner Mongolia, China)" 
 15:00-15:20Dr. Yangmin Qin- China University of Geoscience, Wuhan, China.
"Testate amoebae ecology and biogeography in peatlands of central China and Northern America, in relation to hydrology and human activities"
 15:20-15:40COFFEE BREAK
  Theme - Ecology, hydrology and river basin modelling
Chair: Prof. Jenny Davis, University of Canberra, Australia
 15:40-16:00Prof. Pengfei Du- Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
"The application of RegCM4.3 Model in regarding of long term climate variability over Yangtze river"
 16:00-16:20Dr. Michael Reid- University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. "Developing models on floodplain wetland ecosystems structure and functions following disturbances"
 16:20-16:40Prof. Yuwei Chen- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Poyang wetland ecosystem: the establishment of the monitoring station and current findings"

Prof. Martin Thoms- University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
"Floodplain wetland dynamics: the importance of hydrological connectivity between rivers and floodplain wetlands" 

 17:00-17:20Prof. Peter Scales- University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
"Robust recycling of water: The water plant of the future".
 17:20-17:40Prof. Zhenwen Liu, Ping Zhong, Xiufeng Zhang, Jiajia Ning, Søren E. Larsen, Erik Jeppesen- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Successful restoration of a tropical shallow eutrophic lake: strong bottom-up but weak top-down effects recorded"
25 Mar 2014 

Group Discussion (three groups)
Prof. Peter Gell, Federation University Australia

  • Can we identify gaps/opportunities for understanding wetland ecosystem processes/water resources management approaches in large river basins of Australia and China through joint research collaborations?
  • If so, what are the obstacles for collaborations to form a long, durable institutional partnership in wetland/water resources research amongst scientists between two nations?
 10:30-10:50COFFEE BREAK
 10:50-12:00Synthesis of group discussion (all)
 12:00-14:00LUNCH BREAK

Postgraduate Students/Scientists Q&A Session

Key focus areas:

  • Monitoring techniques
  • New proxy methods in palaeoecology
  • GIS and remote sensing
  • Lake restoration program
  • Numerical analysis
 15:00-18:00Visit landmarks of Nanjing including the Yangtze River Bridge
26 March 2014All dayTravel to Poyang Lake, one of the floodplain lakes of Yangtze
27 March 2014All dayAttend a discussion organised by Poyang Lake Research Station, then one-day trip to Lushan Mountain
28 March 2014All day

Return to Nanjing by 17:00