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Rural Futures: Science and Technology in Agriculture

Come and hear about the exciting future of STEM in agriculture, and participate in a Q&A-style panel hosted by SBS broadcaster Oliver Heuthe with experts:

– Dr Airlie Chapman
– Alex Olsen
– Eric Schoof
– Shane Campbell

When: Thursday, August 17 2017. 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Blackheath & Thornburgh College
55 King Street, Charters Towers, QLD, 4820
Topic: Environment and nature, Innovation and technology
Cost: Free
Other: Wheelchair access
Social Media: Facebook

Come and hear about the exciting future of STEM in agriculture, and participate in a Q and A-style panel hosted by SBS broadcaster Oliver Heuthe with experts:

About the speakers

Dr Airlie Chapman is a multi award winning expert in her field with a Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from the University of Washington. She has studied and specialised in many fields including Mathematics, Physics and Engineering at the University of Sydney. Her work is published in numerous books and scientific journals.

Eric Schoof is a Ph.D. Candidate in Aeronautics & Astronautics, University of Washington. He is a former software Software Development Engineer for Microsoft who returned to the University of Washington to undertake a Ph.D. in Aeronautics & Astronautics. His research covers human-swarm interactions and semi-autonomous networks.

Alex Olsen is “building and training” a weed terminator as part of his Ph.D. in automating the detection and control of noxious weed species invading northern Australian rangelands. He is doing this through the combination of research methods in computer vision and machine learning. He is also a lecturer of Computing and Sensors in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University.

Shane Campbell is an invasive plant and animal science specialist for the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

About the host

Over the past ten years, Oliver Heuthe has been working as a journalist and radio broadcaster for SBS Radio in Melbourne. As a Senior Producer, he has written, produced and presented numerous stories that have gained national and international recognition. One of Oliver’s features on multiculturalism was even awarded with the major journalism award in Turkey and with the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Media Award.

In 2017, Oliver launched the weekly political panel talk podcast Europedia on SBS, which focuses exclusively on an Australian perspective on European affairs.

Contact details:

Shauna McCormack
Rural Futures: National Science Week - Charters Towers
Phone: 07 4787 5100

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