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Event in English Registration required at Eventbrite. Research Bites are periodical meetings organised by the Spanish Researchers Asia-Pacific Association (SRAP) that aim to facilitate the exchange of local experiences and transfer knowledge among Spanish-speaking researchers based in Australia. This event is not only addressed to researchers but also to people interested in all fields of science. These informal gatherings have been previously organised in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart to promote social networking in the Spanish and Ibero-American scientific community. This session will include short presentations by Ibero-American and Spanish researchers followed by a Q&A and drinks and snacks.

Lecturers

Ibero-American Researchers in Australia - Local experience Presentation about the professional experiences of five Ibero-American researchers working in Australia Nekane Reto Murua (Spain). University of South Australia. "Nanotechnology to detect virus and bacteria". Mariana Mayer Pinto (Brazil). Senior Research Fellow at the University of New South Wales. "Biodiversity and functioning of the marine environment: impacts and solutions". Paola Escudero (Peru). Associate Professor at The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development. "Fine-tuned listening skills are the key to language learning". Jaime Góngora (Colombia). Associate Professor in Conservation Biology and Animal Genetics at the University of Sydney. "What genomes can tell us about crocodilians and platypuses" Ana Heitor (Portugal). Senior Lecturer in Geotechnical Engineering. University of Wollongong. "Compacted material behavior – towards a smoother ride".  

Research Bites: Ibero-American Researchers in Australia



Prof Montserrat Vilà, research professor at Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC) in Seville (Spain) will give a presentation on the impacts of biological invasions with special emphasis on a global analysis of the ecological effects of alien plants on native species and ecosystems in the introduced range. The talk will also describe how impacts are quantified, as well some ways to conduct risk analysis of invasion in Europe. Biological invasions occur when species are introduced by humans beyond their natural dispersal ranges, establishing and spreading in the region. Some impacts can affect socioeconomic sectors such as forestry, agriculture or public health. From the management and policy perspective it is important to identify which invasive species are causing, or have the potential to cause, major impacts. A panel of experts, will lead an insightful discussion with Prof Vila on the impacts of biological invasions in the Australian context. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/2uh6EJ7

Impacts of Biological Invasions