Sunday 11th August was UWA's annual Open Day. Following the terrible weather at the 2012 Open Day we all had our fingers crossed for a nice day, and we were blessed to have a beautiful sunny day this year for the University's 100th Open Day. There were lots of activities for children and adults, including a tram tour of the campus and rock climbing, and lots of food stalls for people to enjoy in the sunshine. There were displays of the various majors, information sessions and general admissions advice for future students, as well as community talks and Centenary celebration activities, spread all around the campus.
The School of Agricultural and Resource Economics was running the Natural Resource Management (NRM) display in the Geography building. We had hundreds of visitors throughout the day, with people interested in both undergraduate studies and also postgraduate options. It was a fantastic opportunity to talk to high school students and parents and other potential future students about their study interests. With so many study options available at UWA, it can be a tough choice!
This year the NRM display included a voting activity, which involved a typical conundrum for students of the major: with limited resources, which conservation project should we prioritise? There were three endangered species to choose from: the Carnaby's Cockatoo, the koala, and seagrass. There were several points of information provided about each species, and people were asked to vote only once for the species they value the most. We had almost 200 votes, with seagrass the winner with 87 votes. The koala came close behind, with 70 votes, and the Carnaby's Cockatoo lagged behind with 37 votes.
Assistant Professor James Fogarty gave a presentation on the NRM major, as part of the Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management Information Session in the afternoon. His presentation looked at some of the problems that NRM students study, such as sustainable fishing and costs and benefits of renewable energy, as well as industry-focused questions such as how to make forestry profitable.
Photos of the day are up on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AREatUWA. For further information on the Natural Resource Management major, see the Future Students website: www.studyat.uwa.edu.au/courses/natural-resource-management.
Emma Smith (School Manager, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics) (+61 8) 6488 3665