The Australian Environment Foundation (AEF) and the UK Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) are jointly hosting this webinar. It will focus on how to reform the quality of the environmental research that underpins environmental policy in Australia, with particular reference to the Great Barrier Reef, bushfire prevention and management, and the Murray-Darling Basin.
Each of our three speakers will briefly survey the failures in the research in one pf these areas, before engaging in a panel discussion of how to reform the quality assurance systems and practices in environmental science.
That discussion will be open-ended but will focus on answers to the following questions:
• Do we need independent audits of individual research projects?
• Which elements of a research project should be audited and by whom?
• How should we manage and fund studies to test the replicability of policy-critical research?
• Should the conduct of publicly-funded research projects be fully transparent to the public?
• Should governments set up independent bodies to regulate QA practices in such research?
• How should we protect such regulators from capture by those who are meant to be regulated?
Attendees will be able to use Zoom’s Q&A feature to submit questions for the Moderator to put to the speakers.
The webinar will run for one hour.