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Ocean Symposium Webinar
Towards a Sustainable Ocean Economy
The Royal Norwegian Embassy in partnership with the University of Sydney and the Australian National Maritime Museum invites you to a high level Symposium Webinar on Oceans ‘Towards a Sustainable Ocean Economy’.

The Symposium will be a significant signature event, not least in the context of the upcoming report of the High-Level Ocean Panel co-chaired by Norway and Palau, the Our Ocean and SDG14 conferences, and the United Nations Decade on Oceans starting in 2021.

The Symposium Webinar is a free live event, with panel discussions, presentations and Q&A for online participants.

We are honoured to have the Governor of NSW, H.E. the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, attend and address the participants at the opening of the Symposium.

The Symposium will feature prominent speakers, policy-shapers, officials, academic experts, business leaders and others engaged in the crucial issues related to security, sustainability and economy of our oceans, including the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), marine pollution and resource management.

Learn more and get your free tickets to the webinar here.
MSI Update
MSI Research Showcase 2020
Changing Oceans in the lead up to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development
The annual MSI showcase is a great opportunity to highlight the important marine science research being conducted at the University. With the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable development soon to be upon us, MSI are taking a look at how research at the university is changing oceans and the way we understand the marine environment. 
Whist the showcase is usually held in person, this year due to COVID and the increase in online learning we've decided to take the showcase online.  This gives MSI an opportunity to promote MSI research more widley in the online community, to call attention to the exciting research being conducted here.
We'd like to officially welcome onboard Freya Jokela, our filmmaker extraordinaire, she has volunteered her time to work on the MSI showcase, and we are very exited to have her on board.  If you haven't already met Freya your sure to meet her in the coming weeks as she makes her way around the university filming various researchers. 
The showcase will be presented in short 1 minute videos highlighting the current research projects of MSI researchers. 
The MSI team have begun filming, and should have the first showcase videos online in coming weeks. Over the coming weeks and months we will be reaching out to those in the marine science community at the university to capture more of the exciting research going on. 
The annual MSI showcase is a great opportunity to highlight the important marine science research being conducted at the University. Whist it is usually held in person, this year due to COVID and the increase in online learning we've decided to take the Showcase online.  
Global Mercury Database
At MSI, in collaboration with Sydney Informatics Hub and GRID Arendal we have developed a database of studies investigating mercury in fish, ocean sediment and seawater. These studies have been conducted in various locations across the world, you can check out the map on our website to see where these were conducted.
Learn more. 
Hotspots for Marine Plastics: Identifying Sources and Sinks
In recent months MSI have been working closely with AUSMAP on microplastics.  The project led by MSI research affiliate Petra Arola is investigating the distribution of microplastics on Australian beaches on a spatial and temporal scale. The aim is to find links between sources and sinks for microplastics in the Sydney Harbour catchment.
Learn more.
University News
Ziggy Marzinelli Presents at TEDx Darlington

 Ziggy Marzinelli from the University of Sydney was one of the nine speakers presenting at TEDx Darlington on October 15th. The event focused on the latest ideas in Sydney around climate change and sustainability.
Ziggy’s research focuses on understanding the processes that generate, maintain and impact marine ecosystems. He uses this information to develop sensible, practical solutions to environmental problems, for example, via restoration of degraded habitats.

Check out his talk here.
Reef Matters Seminar Series

Maria Byrne and Dione Deaker are presenting in the Australian Coral Reef Society's Reef Matters Seminar Series. Their presentation titled 'Filling in pieces of the crown-of-thorns puzzle' is on the 28th of October at 12 pm. Make sure you tune in.

Find out more here.
Image Source: Carolyn Hogg

Protect Antarctica Now

"Dr Carolyn Hogg, from the University of Sydney School of Life and Environmental Sciences, was part of the largest ever all-female expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula, with the women in STEMM initiative, Homeward Bound, in late 2019. There, she witnessed the beauty and fragility of the area, and the negative impacts of climate change and human activity on native species, first-hand. As part of the Homeward Bound program she learnt about the science, conservation and governance of Antarctica." USYD

Learn more.

Image Source: USYD

Human activity has made Murray estuary more vulnerable to drought

"Human impacts on the Lower Lakes of the Murray River estuary have made its ecosystem more vulnerable to drought, according to findings by University of Sydney geoscientists.
The new science shows that since the construction of the Goolwa Barrages in 1940, which effectively cut the estuarine ecosystem off from the ocean, the risk of acidification of its waters has increased.
Researchers led by Dr Thomas Job from the School of Geosciences said their findings need to be taken into account when setting environmental baselines for the management of the Murray estuary. Their work is published in The Holocene journal." USYD

Read more.
Upcoming Events
Reef Matters Seminar Series: Filling in pieces of the crown-of-thorns puzzle
28th October 2020 12 pm

Philosophy on the Ground: Changing Values in a Changing Climate
2nd November 2020 6- 7:30 pm

Towards a Sustainable Ocean Economy: Ocean Symposium Webinar
10th November 2020 9 am- 2:30 pm

AUSMAP Training Day
27th November 2020
Kendall Bay, Kissing Point
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