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Australia's one of the greatest places on Earth to see birds. UQ's Professor James Watson has been chasing them since he was a small boy.

But out of the more than 800 different bird species across the nation, more than 200 species are already listed as threatened, and many species are very poorly known.

Professor Watson is now using citizen science data to find which species are the least well-known and need urgent attention. Join us at our first BrisScience for 2024, as he reveals Australia's top 10 least-known birds and the science and conservation efforts being undertaken to save them.

We are very excited to welcome you back to The Edge next month. We'll be serving up delicious light refreshments and drinks after the presentation. 


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Meet the presenter

Professor James Watson

Professor James Watson is Professor of Conservation Science at The University of Queensland. He leads the Research and Recovery of Endangered Species (RARES) Group whose mission is to work with partners to conduct applied research linked directly to the practice of site-based conservation of Australia’s rarest species. James founded the International Union of Nature Conservation Climate Change Specialist Group in 2012 and served on the United Nations International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force. He is a Research Fellow for the United Nations Environment Program, a Senior Technical expert for the United Nations Development Program’s Global Programme on Nature for Development. He was also the first Australian to be president of the Society of Conservation Biology.

About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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