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Thursday, April 20th, 2017

UQ environmental sciences is number 1 in Australia in latest global rankings

Just in time for Earth Week….

The University of Queensland has cemented its place as the top university in Australia for environmental sciences and agriculture in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Executive Dean of Science Professor Melissa Brown said UQ ranked at number one in Australia in these subjects and globally, UQ was ranked in the world’s top 20 universities in environmental sciences (12th) and agriculture and forestry (19th).

UQ environmental sciences is #1 in Australia according to latest global rankings

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“This is the third year in a row that UQ has ranked in the top 20 globally in environmental sciences and agriculture in the QS subject rankings,” she said.

“These outstanding results are not achieved without listening to our markets, planning, hard work and expertise, and reflects the quality of our offerings. We congratulate everyone involved.

”UQ was also ranked at number two nationally in biological sciences and number three in veterinary science—a great result for the UQ Faculty of Science.”

Head of the new UQ School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Professor Jonathan Aitchison, said the the development of this new school mirrored UQ’s recognition of the global significance and institutional standing of this important area.

“The new school will provide innovative and exciting opportunities for involvement in research-led studies,” he said.

“Through interconnected teams, the School is delivering practical solutions to the complex issues affecting our physical environment.

“Our programs include Environmental Science and the related area of Environmental Management.”

Head of the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, Professor Neal Menzies, said the School was attracting a growing number of students from the domestic market, a reflection of the very strong job market and increasing starting salaries in the agricultural sector.

“Internationally we are also attracting more students, and I attribute this partly to the strong UQ rankings, but also to the focus of UQ agriculture on the tropics. We can easily be seen as the world’s leading tropical agriculture university,” he said.

“Our standing as a high-quality science university that can rapidly translate research to improvements in the field is increasingly recognised.

“For the developed world this is reflected in increased research funding from the large corporates such as Monsanto and Bayer, while for the developing world it is reflected in increased research funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and from the Australian Government through ACIAR.”

In the past year, UQ has been confirmed as the top institute in Australia in the Nature Index 2016 Australia and New Zealand; placed 43rd globally and third in Australia in the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities; and jumped 22 places in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, to rank 55th globally and second in Australia.

Find out more about environmental sciences degrees offered by the University of Queensland! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Worst emitters least affected by climate change

Global climate change resembles a room of secondhand smoke, new research has found, with countries emitting the least amount of gasses suffering the most.

The study by the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) shows a dramatic global mismatch, with the highest emitting countries—including Australia—the least vulnerable to climate change effects.

UQ Environmental Sciences

Industrial emissions (Photo credit: UQ)

Lead author Glenn Althor, a PhD student in the UQ School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) said, in contrast, the countries emitting the least amount of greenhouse gases were the most vulnerable to effects such as increased frequency of natural disasters, changing habitats, human health impacts, and industry stress.

“There is an enormous global inequality in which those countries most responsible for causing climate change are the least vulnerable to its effects,” Mr Althor said.

“It is time that this persistent and worsening climate inequity is resolved, and for the countries with the greatest emissions to act,” he said.

Co-author Associate Professor James Watson of GPEM and WCS said the situation resembled secondhand smoking.

“This is like a non-smoker getting cancer from secondhand smoke, while the heavy smokers continue to puff away,” he said. “Essentially we are calling for the smokers to pay for the healthcare of the non-smokers they are directly harming.”

The researchers conducted a global analysis of the relationship between a nation’s carbon emissions and vulnerability to climate change.

They found that 20 of the 36 highest emitting countries—including the U.S. Canada, Australia, China, and much of Western Europe—were the least vulnerable to its impacts.

Eleven of the 17 countries with low to moderate emissions were most vulnerable to climate change. Most were found in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

The authors said these countries were not only exposed to serious environmental change such as oceanic inundation or desertification, bu they were also generally the least developed nations, having few resources available to cope with these issues.

They said the mismatch between the culprits and the affected areas acted as a disincentive for high-emitting “free-rider” countries to mitigate their emissions.

The researchers predicted that the number of acutely vulnerable countries would worsen by 2030 as climate change-related pressures such as droughts, floods, biodiversity loss and disease mounted.

Associate Professor Richard Fuller of the UQ School of Biological Sciences said the researchers had quantified these inequities using publicly available data.

“The recent Paris agreement was a significant step forward in global climate negotiations,” he said.

“There now needs to be meaningful mobilisation of these policies, to achieve national emissions reductions while helping the most vulnerable countries adapt to climate change.

“The free rider countries need to do much more to ensure that they bear the burden of coping with climate change impacts.”

The study appears in the journal Scientific Reports.

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Find out more about environmental sciences programs at the University of Queensland! Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Innovation leader is new head of UQ Dow Centre

The University of Queensland has appointed Professor Chris Greig as chair of its multi-million-dollar Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation.

The centre works globally to drive technological advancement, frontier research and world-class education programs to find solutions to the core sustainability issues of the 21st Century.

UQ Engineering School

Chris Greig (Photo: University of Queensland)

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said Professor Greig’s leadership would play a vital role in the university’s response to global sustainability challenges.

“His impressive record of contributions to the university and to the energy sector mean he is well-equipped to ensure the Dow Centre fosters innovations that create real change around the globe,” Professor Høj said.

“His extensive experience tackling challenges in sustainability will help ensure the Dow Centre contributes to delivering a sustainable future for the planet.”

Professor Greig, a UQ alumnus who also leads the UQ Energy Initiative, said the appointment would allow him to build even stronger international collaborative partnerships across academia and industry, to build on UQ’s work to provide knowledge leadership for a better world.

“I hope to increase the impact of our research by aligning the focus to real world challenges,” he said.

The Dow Centre for Sustainable Engineering Innovation is a collaboration between UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, the UQ Global Change Institute and the UQ School of Chemical Engineering.

Professor Greig founded and led a successful process innovation company for 15 years before working in senior executive roles in the construction and resources sector.

Before joining UQ he was Project Director and CEO of ZeroGen, which conducted one of the world’s most comprehensive studies on the potential of a large scale, low-emissions coal-fired power project incorporating carbon capture and storage.

“I see partnerships between universities and global industrial companies like Dow Chemical as critical if we are to play a serious role in enabling a more sustainable future in which economic growth can occur without compromising the well-being of future generations,” Professor Greig said.

Professor Høj said inaugural Dow Centre Director Professor Eric McFarland had left a long-lasting and positive legacy for the centre.

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Find out more about studying sustainability and engineering at UQ. Contact OzTREKK Australian Engineering Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston for more information at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

UQ environmental sciences offers new field of study

UQ environmental sciences will be offering a new field of study in the Master of Environmental Management program.

From 2015, the Master of Environmental Management offers the new field of study Environmental Management in Mining. This field of study will introduce students to the unique environmental challenges presented by mining environments and strategies for managing these environmental impacts.

UQ Environmental Sciences

Study at the University of Queensland

Studies may be undertaken in the following specialisations:

  • Conservation Biology
  • Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • Environmental Management in Mining (new from 2015)
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Sustainable Development

Environmental Management in Mining

Development of Australia’s mineral and energy resources involves extraction and processing activities, which create environmental impacts that must be managed and minimised. The wealth of mineral and energy resources in Australia ensures an ongoing demand for skilled professionals in environmental management in mining. This field of study will introduce students to the unique environmental challenges presented by mining environments and strategies for managing these environmental impacts.

Employment opportunities

Graduates will be well-equipped for careers in environmental management related to the mining industry in private organisations and government:

Industry

On-site management roles:

  • Land rehabilitation
  • Monitoring and management of water quality and quantity
  • Restoration of flora and fauna communities
  • Management of greenhouse gas and dust emissions
  • Development of site-specific management strategies

Consultancy

  • Development of management plans for industry
  • Monitoring and auditing of management plans
  • Identification of opportunities to go beyond `best practice’ management strategies

Government

  • Policy implementation: monitoring compliance with regulations
  • Policy development: formulation of environmental management regulations and guidelines for industry

Program: Master of Environmental Management
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1.5 – 2 years

Entry requirements

Bachelor degree with a in environmental management, environmental science; environmental studies; geography; natural resources; biology; ecology; conservation; sustainable development/sustainability; environmental engineering; marine science; marine studies; or an approved discipline with a GPA of 4.5 on a 7 point scale.

Apply to the University of Queensland!

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Would you like more information about environmental science programs at the University of Queensland? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Environmental Sciences Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.