Unearthing the Opportunities and Risks for Marine and Coastal Development

Hear from Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies on the area's current coastal and marine topics.

The Beaker Street Festival is hitting the road to tour the state with some of its most interesting and accomplished scientists.

At four iconic locations, we will hear from prominent scientists on issues relevant to the local area. Click here for info on the full road trip and all the events included.

Join us at the Village to hear from Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies as she discusses the much-debated topic of coastal and marine development and resource use, weighing up the opportunities with the environmental impacts.

After the talk, join Catriona for cocktails and engaging conversation over dinner. Strahan Village chefs will be offering a three-course set menu showcasing our local and regional area’s produce.

Monday 9 August | 5:30pm at Strahan Village

Booking options:

  • Stay with us and join the talk for $160.65. Price includes one night’s accommodation for two adults in Hilltop Executive Harbour Room and two seats at the science talk. Click here to book your accommodation.

  • Three-course dinner | $65pp. | Dinner only. Does not include tickets to science talk. Please ensure you book the talk via the link below. Phone 03 6471 4200 to book your dinner.

  • Science talk | $15pp. Click here to book a ticket to the talk. 

    Anyone staying at Strahan Village on 9 August will receive a free ticket to the talk. If you are booked to stay with us on this date but did not book via the accommodation link 'click here to book' above, please email us on reservations@strahanvillage.com.au to claim your free ticket/s. The number of guests staying under your booking will reflect how many tickets you receive. Eg. an accommdation booking made for two adults will attract two tickets to the talk. 


More about the talk and Professor Catriona MacLeod

Unearthing the opportunities and risks for marine and coastal development from the seabed up with Professor Catriona MacLeod

What are the opportunities for marine and coastal resource management in regional communities? What are the issues that we might need to consider to really take advantage of such opportunities? How can we make sure that things don’t go wrong for the environment? Can we move forward where there are unknowns? How can scientists help in this process? Where can I find reliable information? How do I know what information to trust? All great questions that I have been asked on many occasions, and in this talk I will try and give you my best answers to these.

Professor Catriona MacLeod

Catriona is originally from the Highlands of Scotland but fell in love with Tasmania when she got a 2 year contract to work here in 1997. She has moved from industry to research, from the central highlands to Hobart (about as cosmopolitan as she wants to get) and has been working for many years on how to improve marine environmental management and inform truly sustainable development. She has a passion for helping people understand the science around these issues. Originally a benthic ecologist, working on sediments and the animals that live in them, she has worked in Tassie with CSIRO on introduced marine pests, in the Derwent on heavy metal contamination and on developing risk appropriate monitoring and management for salmon farming. She is currently Head of the Ecology and Biodiversity Centre within IMAS, and sits on a range of local, national and international management advisory committees and boards where she provides input on optimal environmental monitoring and management for a broad range of activities in marine and coastal areas.

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