Leichhardt Symposium on Biodiversity and Conservation

The University of Queensland (UQ) hosted the Leichhardt Symposium on Biodiversity and Conservation in late October 2013, an academic conference in collaboration with the Ludwig Maximilians University and the Technical University Munich.

The symposium brought together researchers, students, decision makers and the general public interested and engaged in the work on biodiversity and conservation from two sides of the world, with Australia and Germany at centre stage. More information, including program and registration details, available from UQ's website.

UQ Professor Peer Schenk, one of the principal organisers of the Symposium, has provided a summary report of the event, as well as a selection of images from the official proceedings of the first day's events. You can find the report on the UQ's webpage "A celebration for conservation" here or download a PDF of the full article below. Our thanks to Peer and his colleagues at UQ for these materials.

"As the Leichhardt Year 2013 comes to an end," writes Peer, "it is time to reflect on how this early German explorer still manages to inspire people and science 200 years after he was born. Ludwig Leichhardt documented Australia's geography and environment between 1842 and his mysterious disappearance in 1848.

"In a 5-day event, The University of Queensland (UQ) explored the current global challenges in conservation and biodiversity, and how Germany and Australia are addressing them, at a scientific symposium, several excursions and free public lectures. The lectures were part of the Leichhardt Symposium on Biodiversity and Conservation, a two-day meeting of researchers, students, decision makers and the general public to engage with Germany and Australia's contributions to global efforts in biodiversity protection."  Read more ...

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Above: (L to R) Dr. Katrin Amian, Detlef Sulzer, Dr. Enno Aufderheide, Dr. Anne Braun,  Dr. Christoph Müller, Prof. Peter Høj, Dr. Anna Ciccarelli and Prof. Max Lu.
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Above: Uncle Joe Kirk performs the traditional 'Welcome to Country' for dignitaries and guests on the opening day.
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Above: UQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Lax Lu delivers his opening day address ...
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Above: ... to the obvious amusement and entertainment of the audience, particularly the front row dignitaries.
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Above: Germany's Ambassador to Australia, His Excellency Dr Christoph Müller, delivers his speech.
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Above: Professor Suzanne Miller delivers her presentation to the audience. 
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Above: (L to R)  UQ Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter Høj,Her Excellency Penelope Wensley AC, Dr Christoph Müller.
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Above: (L to R) Symposium organiser Prof. Peer Schenk with Prof. Peter Høj during a break in proceedings.
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Above: An excited buzz in the air as delegates enjoy refreshments during one of the breaks.
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Above: (L to R) Prof. Peter Høj, Dr Christoph Müller and Dr Enno Aufderheide,
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