New ecoscience training program launched for “first-rate science education”

A QCIF-backed innovative new training program for tertiary-level ecosystem science educators was piloted in Adelaide last month with great success, and is expected to be rolled out nationally soon.

EcoEd provides cohesive training and skills development to university lecturers and researchers. It enables them to combine theoretical concepts with real-world applications developed by three NCRIS facilities—namely the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL), the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)—into undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.

“In doing so, EcoEd is increasing the capacity of Australia’s research community to advance science and deliver outcomes that benefit the nation and underpin the sustainable use of our ecosystems,” said Dr Chantal Huijbers, BCCVL’s Training and Scientific Support Officer. “Moreover, it is enabling first-rate science education in Australia by supporting and nurturing our future scientists.”

EcoEd is an RDS-funded project managed by QCIF in collaboration with BCCVL, ALA and TERN.

The program involves ready-to-use lecture and workshop modules, along with tools and knowledge on how to use the ALA, BCCVL and TERN platforms to explore species data and their relationships with their environment. EcoEd champions who undertake the program will help re-deliver the education materials in their own institutions.

EcoEd will be further developed to provide professionals teaching ecological and environmental science subjects at tertiary institutions with a wealth of information resources that can be used in courses that focus on topics such as ecology, biogeography, data fitness for use, environmental management and spatial analysis.

For more information about EcoEd, or if you are interested in participating as a champion in a future training program, please contact Dr Chantal Huijbers (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

2017 EcoEd Adelaide Champions

The eight EcoEd champions who took part in the pilot program at Adelaide last month. L–R: Michael Swinbourne (University of Adelaide), Louise Croeser (Murdoch University), Nano Langenheim (University of Melbourne), Christina Zdenek (University of Queensland), Ingrid Ahmer (University of Adelaide), Bertram Ostendorf (University of Adelaide), Sarah Luxton (Curtin University) and Nestor Robinson (University of Auckland).