As a mega-diverse continent, Australia is home to hundreds of thousands of species, with more being discovered every year. Despite this, Australia faces one of the highest species extinction rates, meaning that innovative methods to detect and understand our biodiversity are becoming increasingly important.

Advancing technologies like genomics, advanced imaging and machine learning are changing the way that researchers and policymakers respond to climate risks, species conservation and protection, biosecurity and decision-making.

In this webinar hosted by the Atlas of Living Australia, hear from three of our partners to explore how they’ve applied next-generation technology to support Australian biodiversity research.

The ALA receives support from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and is hosted by CSIRO.

Weblink to recording: The event was hosted on 3 June 2024 at 11AM AEST.


Bioplatforms Australia
National Imaging Facility

The ALA was grateful to be joined by the following speakers for this webinar:

Sophie Mazard & Alistair McTaggart from Bioplatforms Australia, Donald Hobern from Australian Plant Phenomics Network, and Diana Patalwala from National Imaging Facility.

Dr Martin Westgate

Facilitator: Dr Martin Westgate

Martin Westgate leads the Science and Decision Support team at the Atlas of Living Australia. His research focuses on how scientific information can be used to understand and mitigate human impacts on the environment, via a combination of empirical ecology and evidence synthesis. Martin is also a scientific software developer and occasional frog-watcher.