ECRP Webinar Series: Oceans and Coasts

Future Earth Australia presents our second webinar series for early career researchers and practitioners: Oceans and Coasts.

This is an online version of our ECRP program. This webinar series will feature three webinars presented over three consecutive weeks, all centered around the theme of Oceans and Coasts. The aim of this webinar series is to bring together early career researchers and practitioners to learn from experts and network across all disciplines associated with oceans and coasts. Thus, participants will have the chance to learn from experts, while also having the opportunity to discuss their own research.

In Australia more than 90% of the population lives within 100kms of the coast, making it a vital part of Australian culture. This webinar series aims to be truly cross-disciplinary, and we encourage registration from any early career researcher and practitioners whose work aligns with the overarching theme of Oceans and Coasts. This can include but is not limited to those conducting research/practising in science, engineering, geography, marine science, waterways, coastal development and planning, and business.  

Registration for this webinar series will register you for all 3 parts, and whist each part does not impact the parts that come after it, we highly recommend that you attend all 3 parts. We will do our best to provide recordings for those who cannot attend all 3 webinars.


Please note that presenters are still being finalised and as such the order of these presentations are subject to change.

Part 1: Getting to Know You 

18 June 2020, 1.00pm – 2.30pm AEST

Part 1 of Oceans and Coasts will focus on introducing the cohort to Future Earth Australia and our current national strategy of Oceans and Coasts. Following a presentation about Future Earth Australia from Research and Policy Officer Taryn Laubenstein, Professor Anja Scheffers from Southern Cross University will speak about oceans and coasts from a global perspective, including her work with Future Earth Coasts. Then, participants will be given the opportunity to discuss their own research in small breakout groups.

Part 2: Interdisciplinary Research and Communication

25 June 2020, 1.00pm – 2.30pm AEST

Part 2 of Oceans and Coasts will feature a presentation from Dr. Kirsty Nash of the Center for Marine Socioecology which will discuss sustainability research and interdisciplinarity in the marine environment. Then, FEA will discuss advanced techniques in improving your presentation skills. This will involve audience participation, so come prepared to chat!

Part 3: Community Engagement and Getting Your Message Across

2 July 2020, 1.00pm – 2.30pm AEST

Part 3 of Oceans and Coasts will begin with a presentation from Dr. Jodie Rummer of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, on communicating your work in the information-crowded world of today. Then, Dr. Rachel Przeslawski of Geoscience Australia will explore different techniques for community engagement and consultation. 

Bonus Networking Happy Hour Event

3 July 2020, 5.00pm – 6.00pm AEST

Following the final webinar, we will be hosting a casual happy hour networking event. Attendees can get to know each other in a less formal setting and open up discussions for future collaborations, or just share their observations from the webinar series.


Participation is open to early career researchers and practitioners (ECRPs) based anywhere in Australia with an interest in social and environmental sustainability and oceans and coasts. For the purpose of this event, an ECRP is defined as someone who is either:

  1. studying for their PhD;
  2. employed in academia, industry, government, or a not-for-profit organisation who is within 7 years of obtaining their PhD (allowing for career disruptions); or
  3. employed in academia, industry, government, or a not-for-profit organisation with a minimum of 5 years to a maximum of 12 years of experience in their field, and has not studied for a PhD.

Your participation in online ECRP events does not affect your eligibility for future Future Earth Australia ECRP events.


Register for the webinar series at the following link. You will be asked to provide two short answers about your research in order to register.