Maintaining adequate global food supplies at a time of rapidly rising population, significant economic growth, increasing food and stockfeed demand, changing climate, declining natural resources, trade liberalisation and regional disturbances is a critical issue for mankind.
To meet this life threatening challenge, we must adopt scientifically sound and sustainable agricultural practices.
One of Randolph Stow's poems is titled "The Land's Meaning", and all his work might be interpreted as searching for this, suggests Winthrop Professor Dennis Haskell, of UWA's School of English and Cultural Studies. Professor Haskell is also Chair of the Australia Council Literature Board.
One school of thought says internet-enhanced learning is the best thing since Socrates. Another says today’s students are so obsessed with virtual friends, virtual networks and virtual worlds that they have no idea who Socrates is. Some, according to Assistant Professor Mark Pegrum of UWA’s Graduate School of Education, say it doesn’t matter anyway, because they can Google him. Ah, say others, but how can they judge the value of the information that turns up in the popularity contest that is the world wide web?
It is true that with the resources we now have, we could feed, clothe and educate every one of the nearly seven billion people living on this planet. And it is patently obvious that we are not doing so, argues Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence in her International Women's Day 2010 address at The University of Western Australia.
The anticipated need for more high-quality metal sources will drive a fundamental paradigm shift in the behaviour of the exploration industry over the next 10 years, according to Professor T. Campbell McCuaig, Director and Professorial Fellow at UWA's Centre for Exploration Targeting.
Alternative energy has been on the government, corporate, academic and public agenda for quite some time but it took Apache Energy's Varanas Island gas explosion to make it an obvious priority, argues Tim Shanahan, Director, UWA Energy and Minerals Initiative.
In the last five years, bioenergy has attracted global attention as a sustainable energy source that may help with rising energy costs, and address environmental concerns related to greenhouse gas emissions. It may also generate new income and employment to farmers and regional communities around the world, writes Winthrop Professor Kadambot Siddique, Chair in Agriculture and Director UWA Institute of Agriculture.
By Professor Cheryl Praeger, WA Scientist of the Year 2009
As the vital role of technology in modern society increases, the mathematical sciences are becoming indispensable. Many disciplines such as physics and economics have always relied on a foundation of mathematics, but now virtually every area of our lives depends on the mathematical sciences – from healthcare to telecommunications, from understanding climate change, to making secure financial transactions.