This webinar aims to present “diversity” as an essential part of highly effective, productive and successful workplaces, and provide directions for how early and mid-career professionals can implement actions to ensure diversity is recognised, valued and built in your workplace, and accepted as a key part of professional practice and successful business.
We will explore:
- What is diversity and what is equity?
- Why do we need to recognise and act to build and maintain diversity?
- What is the value of diversity to a business, government, NGO or research organisation?
- How can you assess diversity, recognise the need for change and act to enable positive changes for diversity?
Our speakers are Dr Karen Joyce and Professor Stuart Phinn.
Dr Karen Joyce
Karen is a senior lecturer in remote sensing and spatial science at James Cook University in Cairns. Her primary area of interest is in creating, applying and automating remote sensing tools for environmental monitoring and management problems. While the environmental target may vary from marine and coastal through to savanna ecosystems, Karen's common approach is to optimise models for rapid quantitative information extraction and communication purposes. She is also having a lot of fun these days with She Maps - an initiative designed to encourage more women and girls to engage in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through geospatial and drone technology.
Professor Stuart Phinn
Stuart is a professor of Geography at the University of Queensland where he teaches remote sensing and directs the Remote Sensing Research Centre www.rsrc.org.au , which includes programs recognised as world’s best practice, to support government agencies across Australia using EO data www.jrsrp.org.au. Stuart’s research and teaching interests use airborne and satellite data sets for measuring and monitoring environmental changes and publishing/sharing ecosystem data. This work is done in collaboration with other environmental scientists, government environmental management agencies, NGO’s and private companies. Most recently he chaired the Committee that produced Australia’s first Earth Observation Community Plan – 2026 www.eoa.org.au . He publishes extensively with his collaborators. A large part of this work also involves training the next generation of scientists and managers who effectively use remote sensing.