This year’s CERF conference was held in Portland, Oregon, attracting more than 1500 scientists, managers and graduate students. Among the fantastic coffee roasters and microbreweries, the venue was well placed for the theme of ‘Grand Challenges in Coastal and Estuarine Science: Securing Our Future’.
The annual conference features two days of educational sessions, networking events, and outdoor activities all centered around social data. This year’s conference featured sessions from top social media sources, industry leaders, and consumers of publicly-available social data. They discussed trends, best practices, use cases, and the future of the industry.
Our oceans are filled with rubbish. Photo credit: ThinkStock
I was in the middle of giving a talk on the marine debris problem at a notable Californian marine research institute, when I drank the last of my water bottle, threw it onto the hall floor from the podium, and kept talking.
There it sat, to the surprise of several members of the audience. One well-meaning citizen then picked it up and returned it to the lectern.
“Why did you do that?” I asked. “It just seemed wrong to leave it there,” he replied. Individuals know that something is wrong when the oceans are filled with debris. It is time for governments to act on that knowledge.
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo credit: iStock
CLEVELAND, OHIO: Manufacturing Innovation is one of the three inaugural themes within the University of Wollongongs Global Challenges Program, which are united under the aim of Transforming Lives and Regions.
But why should we worry about manufacturing? Is it a problem if all manufacturing disappears from the Illawarra and Australia? After all, as consumers we already benefit considerably from low-cost imported manufactured goods of all varieties, from iPods to cars.
A University of Manchester study has estimated Apple’s profits would decrease by 50 per cent if iPhones were assembled in the United States, compared to China. Presumably, the ‘on-shoring’ of iPhone assembly would drive selling prices through the roof.