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Victoria University’s Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living ( ISEAL ) has fought off numerous strong international bids to be named as host of the next World Congress on Science and Football in 2019, further cementing the University’s status as Australia’s leading sports university.
The official announcement was made to an audience of over 500 international delegates at the close of the 2015 World Congress this week in Copenhagen.
The outstanding research reputation of ISEAL ’s sport scientists and social scientists, both staff and students, as well as the University’s deep industry links to leading sports organisations, were among the committee’s deciding factors.
Strategic partnerships with the Western Bulldogs and the Australian Institute of Sport as well as developing collaborations with Melbourne Victory, Melbourne Storm and Melbourne Rebels were strongly influential in the successful bid. The 2019 congress is hoped to offer further opportunities to develop strategic links with universities and sporting organisations related to Football throughout Asia.
The World Congress on Science and Football focuses on the newest research results, methodologies and applied approaches to five codes of football:
Hundreds of participants from all over the world, including international scientists from the natural, human and social sciences, as well as practitioners, gather to participate in an exchange of knowledge on multidisciplinary aspects of the game.
CDU researcher Hannah Payer
Researchers have indicated that up to 14 per cent of male residents are likely to be missing from remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory at any time due to incarceration.
Northern Institute researchers at Charles Darwin University highlighted the impacts that communities faced when large proportions of males aged 20 to 39 years old were absent from their communities due to imprisonment.
Research Associate Hannah Payer said the high number of young men missing from communities due to incarceration could affect population growth and bring about severe dysfunction.
“It is important to highlight the magnitude of the impact that high Indigenous incarceration rates in the NT have on communities,” Ms Payer said.
“Our research indicates that there is likely no community that would be unaffected by the increasing incarceration rates for Indigenous Territorians.”
The research also suggested that up to two per cent of women aged 20 to 39 years old were missing from individual communities at any time.
Ms Payer said this loss of young men and women could contribute to fewer births in communities that might otherwise occur.
“An absence of young people at ages where they usually become parents affects the demographic futures of communities,” she said.
Ms Payer said children of imprisoned parents could be left without role models or providers, and that high incarceration rates affected communities economically due to a loss of work-ready males.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed the NT had the highest Indigenous incarceration rates in Australia. According to the data, there were 15.4 Indigenous prisoners to every non-Indigenous prisoner in the NT in 2014, compared with the national ratio of 12.9.
To view the report by Ms Payer and researchers Dr Andrew Taylor and Tony Barnes, entitled “Who’s missing? Social and Demographic Impacts from the Incarceration of Indigenous People in the Northern Territory”, visit: cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/research-brief-2015-05.pdf
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most exclusive science institution, the Australian
Academy of Science.
One of the world’s most highly cited plant scientists from The University of Western Australia has been made a Fellow by the Australian Academy of Science for his contribution to science and scientific research.
The elusive echidna was spotted with advanced infrared camera technology
An echidna has officially been sighted on camera for the first time in the Territory Wildlife Park during a project involving Charles Darwin University staff and students.
The secretive animal was captured on film with advanced heat and motion sensing infrared camera technology, provided by the NT Department of Land Resource Management.
Six Diploma of Conservation and Land Management students assisted the team of park staff and CDU researchers as part of their university studies.
Conservation Land Management lecturer Samantha Saynor said the advanced camera technology, originally developed by the military had helped the team record a range of different species in the park.
“We suspected echidnas were on site after observing diggings and tracks,” Ms Saynor said.
“But this is the first time that the echidna was clearly identifiable and that was terrific.”
Ms Saynor said the nocturnal creatures were difficult to identify during standard observation and trapping surveys as they had secretive habits and did not respond to baits.
Other animals recorded in the survey included bandicoots, black footed tree rats, peaceful doves and grassland melomys.
Ms Saynor said an abundance of grassland melomys and black footed tree rats were recorded during the survey, signifying healthy populations lived in the park.
“The data suggests that the park is providing an environment in which a wide range of animals can live,” she said.
“This data will contribute to our knowledge of animals in the area.”
CDU Diploma of Conservation and Land Management students have been assisting the park with its flora and fauna surveys every year since 2011.
Territory Wildlife Park’s Biodiversity Liaison Officer Sarah Hirst and Assistant Curator Damien Stanioch assisted in the survey.
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