Scientists and various experts will gather at a Science Roundtable meeting in Canberra today, to discuss better ways to address bushfires around the country in the future.
In the wake of the ongoing bushfires, a range of science leaders and bushfire experts will be discussing potential ways for science and technology to make us more ‘bushfire resilient’.
Attendees will include CSIRO CEO Dr Larry Marshall, CSIRO Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley, ANSTO CEO Dr Adi Patterson, the Chair and Research Director from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, a range of academics from our universities, the CEO of Geoscience Australia, the CEO of the Australian Academy of Science and President of Science and Technology Australia.
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MacPherson MP Karen Andrews will be hosing the meeting, and says they will be hearing various opinions.
“It’s been an incredibly difficult summer for so many Australians, and understandably there’s lots of discussions around how we respond to bushfires in the short, medium and long term.
“As the immediate response continues, we know we need to start thinking about the next bushfire season, and the one after that and the one after that.
“Today’s roundtable will bring together a range of important voices from the science and research community as well as land management experts.
“This is an opportunity for us to harness the work that’s already being done to become more bushfire resilient,” Minister Andrews said.