Mike Coffin: Mass Extinction

Mike-CoffinA mass extinction is defined when Earth loses more than three quarters of its total estimated species in a geologically short timeframe.  The planet has experienced five such events over its ~4.5 billion year history, with causes thought to include meteor collisions, massive volcanic eruptions and sudden climate fluctuations.   Now a growing body of evidence suggests that mankind itself may be responsible for a mass extinction to rival all others, now well underway.

Prof Mike Coffin, Executive Director of the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, is an oceanographer. His research expertise encompasses interactions between the oceanic environment and the solid Earth. Educated at Dartmouth College (AB) and Columbia University (MA, MPhil, PhD) in the United States, he has pursued an international career that reflects the boundless nature of the global ocean. Following university studies, he has worked at Geoscience Australia (1985-1989), the University of Texas at Austin (1990-2001), the University of Tokyo (2001-2007), the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (2002-2003), the UK’s University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre (2007-2010), and the University of Tasmania (2011-). He has also held visiting positions Dartmouth College (1982), the University of Oslo (1992, 1996), Geoscience Australia (2000), France’s University of Strasbourg (2001), and the University of Hawaii (2002). From 2003-2005, he served as the inaugural chair of the Science Planning Committee of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, the largest international program in the earth and ocean sciences, and among the largest in any scientific discipline. Prof Coffin has lead or participated in 29 blue-water research expeditions at sea, focusing mainly in the Southern, Pacific, and Indian oceans.

Get Ready for TEDxHobart

After months of organising, it’s now just over a week until the first TEDxHobart event on Saturday, 11 January.

The organising committee has spent the last few months planning to bring you what is going website to be a very exciting and engaging event.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to those who have helped to bring this event together, Fullers Bookshop, the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government without the support of which we would not have been able to hold TEDxHobart.

To prepare you for what is to come, we’ve prepared our top 5 tips for an enjoyable TEDx experience.

  1. Do your homework – head over to our Speaker’s page and read all about our fantastic speakers so you know exactly what you’re in for.

  2. Clear your diary – TEDxHobart is intended to be attended from beginning to end with a carefully curated selection of speakers, videos and artistic content.

  3. Say hello – just as important as hearing our speakers’ ideas is discussing them, which is why we’ve scheduled plenty of time for networking sessions during the morning, lunch and afternoon breaks.

  4. Get snap happy – you’re more than welcome to take as many photos as you like, any camera is welcome at TEDxHobart. Just remember no flash photography inside and, just like your mother told you, share them online when you get home.

  5. Talk about it – Join us on Twitter with the hashtag #tedxhobart and on Facebook, we want to hear all about your conference experience.

We can’t wait to see you from 9am Saturday at the Centre for the Arts, Hunter St, Hobart! (Registration opens from 9am, conference commences 9.45am sharp)


David Bartlett: What The Government Can Learn From the Crowd

David-Bartlett David Bartlett was the Premier of Tasmania from 2008 until 2011. During his parliamentary career he also held the positions levitra online cheap of Minister for Innovation, Science & Technology and Minister for Education & Skills.

Before serving in the Tasmanian Parliament, David had an extensive career in the information technology and telecommunications sector.

Since leaving the Parliament, David has been working with regional economies, industry sectors and communities across Australia to prepare strategies for maximising economic and social renewal underpinned by broadband and digital technologies.

For his work in promoting innovation and broadband infrastructure David was buy cialis ogeneric cialis recently named by The Australian as one of Australia’s Top 50 most influential people in technology.

David is a Director of Explor Consulting, with a special focus on broadband, innovation, commercialisation and the future of government service delivery.

David is also Chairman of Asdeq Labs, a technology startup building enterprise mobility solutions and currently expanding operations into the US. He is a Director of PlaceSpeak international, a company delivering the world’s first geo-social online consultation platform for Government and industry. David is a Senior Advisor to the Nous Group and a member of the advisory board for the Centre for New Public Education.

He is passionate about sharing the Tasmanian experience with other regional economies.

Nick Rolf: Property In Your Body

Nick-RolfNicolas Rolf graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours in 2012. On the 23rd of August 2013 he was admitted to the legal profession in Tasmania.

He has strong experience working within the public service in legal roles and recently ended a period working as an assistant to Mike Gaffney MLC to take up a role in the codes, licenses and compliance team at the Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator.

During the final year of his law degree he developed a strong interest in the problems the homepage law has with dealing with ownership of the human body. He was recently published in a special edition of Thompson Reuters’ Journal of Law and Medicine for his research work in this area.