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Our Discovery Mission

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to discover and document all remaining Australian species of plants, animals, fungi and other organisms ... in a generation.

How on Earth are we going to do this?


Roundtable 9: How can we best build the required workforce for our mission?

Session 1

27 April 2020 at 5:30:00 am

Mike Bayly & Andy Austin


Taxonomy clearly needs skilled people (at least until AI puts us all out of a job and we can go on a permanent field trip or holiday). And this mission clearly needs more skilled people than we have at present. This roundtable will consider issues around the taxonomic workforce, including:

  • What type of workforce will we need over the 25 years if this mission?

  • How will we train and build this workforce?

  • What important skills are currently in shortest supply, and how will we redress this?

28 people have registered for this session

Joseph Schubert

Museums Victoria

Ema Corro


Darren Crayn

James Cook University

Matt Shaw

South Australian Museum

Georgina Binns

Macquarie University

Lyn Cook

The University of Queensland

Caine Barlow

Alison Kellow

La Trobe University

Ben Parslow

South Australian Museum

Kathryn Hall

Queensland Museum

Jon Lewis

CSIRO (volunteer)

Herve Sauquet

Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust

Beau Picking

The University of Melbourne

Todd McLay

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Braxton Jones

The University of Sydney

Kym Abrams

University of Western Australia/ Dept of Water and Environmental Regulation

Elizabeth Sheedy

Mike Bayly

The University of Melbourne

Karl Magnacca

Bishop Museum

Matthew Watters

Deakin University

Ethan P. Beaver

South Australian Museum

Nigel Fechner

Queensland Herbarium

Chris Cargill

Australian National Herbarium

Samuel Brown

Plant and Food Research

Francesco Martoni

Agriculture Victoria Research - AgriBio

Gill Brown

Queensland Herbarium

James Dorey

Flinders University

Leela Maya Rizal

The University of Queensland

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