School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

Symposium schedule

23 Mar 2014 17:00-19:00 Arrival/Welcome
24 Mar 2014 All day One-day Research Symposium
  8:30-9:00 Welcome by Director, NIGLAS & DVCR&I, Federation University Australia
  Theme: Wetland ecosystem resilience and ecosystem services
Chair: Prof. Peter Scales, Melbourne University
  9:00-9:20 Prof. Max Finlayson- Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia.
"Determining baselines and thresholds of change in wetlands"
  9:20-9:40 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"
  9:40-10:00 Prof. Prem Chhetri- RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
"Estimating visual quality, a component of culturally-associated ecosystem services in palaeo lake environments"
  10:00-10:20 Dr. Rong Wang- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Paleolimnological 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
  10:40-11:00 Prof. Peter Gell- Federation University Australia
"Assessing change in floodplain wetland condition in Murray Darling Basin"
  11:00-11:20 Prof. Xiangdong Yang- Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology Chinese Academy of Science (NIGLAS), Nanjing, China.
"Recent environmental changes in shallow Yangtze lakes"
  11:20-11:40 Dr. Giri Kattel- Federation University Australia.
"Understanding the recent ecological and hydrological changes in floodplain wetlands of Murray and Yangtze Rivers"
  11:40-12:00 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 
  14:00-14:20 Prof. Guoping Wang- Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun, China.
"Wetlands and Environmental Change in Northeast China"
  14:20-14:40 Dr. Samantha Capon- Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
"Resilience and adaptive capacity of wetland vegetation to climate and hydrological change"
  14:40-15:00 Dr. 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)"
  15:00-15:20 Dr. 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
  15:40-16:00 Prof. Pengfei Du- Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
"The application of RegCM4.3 Model in regarding of long term climate variability over Yangtze river"
  16:00-16:20 Dr. Michael Reid- University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. "Developing models on floodplain wetland ecosystems structure and functions following disturbances"
  16:20-16:40 Prof. 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"
  16:40-17:00 Prof. Martin Thoms- University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
"Floodplain wetland dynamics: the importance of hydrological connectivity between rivers and floodplain wetlands"
  17:00-17:20 Prof. Peter Scales- University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
"Robust recycling of water: The water plant of the future".
  17:20-17:40 Prof. 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
  10:50-12:00 Synthesis 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
  15:00-18:00 Visit landmarks of Nanjing including the Yangtze River Bridge
26 March 2014 All day Travel to Poyang Lake, one of the floodplain lakes of Yangtze
27 March 2014 All day Attend a discussion organised by Poyang Lake Research Station, then one-day trip to Lushan Mountain
28 March 2014 All day Return to Nanjing by 17:00