The Melbourne Network of Urban Ecosystem Researchers
Thanks so much to everyone who trekked to Burnley, University of Melbourne, on 17th August, 2012 to attend the second meeting of the MeNUER group. The afternoon went very well, with over 30 people coming from Monash and RMIT Universities, Melbourne Water, the City of Melbourne and a large contingent from the University of Melbourne. Special thanks to the Department of Resource Management and Geography who provided funding for refreshments, and space to meet.
The day started with a tour of the Burnley campus and an overview of the diverse urban ecosystem research that’s happening here. We heard from each of the different groups who came along, and what they’d been up to in the past few months, before getting stuck into workshops about research communication, led by Kate Auty, grant writing, led by Barb Downes, and writing papers, with Tim Fletcher. We needed a few beers after all of the proceedings, which gave us plenty of time to catch up and reconnect with each other.
These meetings are a great way to keep in touch with what we’re all doing. In between times, it would be great to see a bit more action on this blog! We will post some notes and links from the talks on the day. We encourage you to contribute further resources you think might be useful to share. Please don’t hesitate to post news items that could be of interest to others. For example, a paper you’ve published, a grant you’re involved in, a public seminar you’re doing or an upcoming conference.
We have enjoyed organising this event, but would like to hand the reins over to someone else for the next meeting. Please get in touch if you’re interested. Before another big event, there’s likely to be a more informal chance to catch-up during the Ecological Society of Australia conference, which is being held in Melbourne (http://esa2012.org.au/index.asp?IntCatId=14). Keep your eyes on this blog for more information.
Thanks again for your enthusiasm.
Caragh and Briony