BIOL Activities which involve the broader community include:

Indigenous Outreach
The School has a number of research programs that allow School staff to develop close collaborations with Indigenous communities. In some of these cases, explicit consideration has been given to educational outcomes for the local communities involved, which are detailed below.

Environmental Science students volunteer group (iROOS)
The iROOS have volunteered to work with the ranger to help monitor Idalia National Park, near Blackall in Western Queensland which is home to yellow-footed and bridle nail-tailed wallabies. The group will monitor various macropod species around waterholes and develop data sets that are relevant to conservation issues at Idalia.

School Student Outreach
Over the past three years we have developed a range of new outreach activities for high school outreach that reflect the research and teaching activities within the School. Our suite of new activities provide students with hands-on experience of being a biologist who is investigating a problem such as an animal forensic murder mystery, impact of a flood event on the marine environment, and detection and identification of a mystery disease-causing organism. Each of these activities can cater for groups from 10 to 110 students at a time, and can be run on campus or taken to schools.

Communication with Partners and Alumni
The School's online newsletter, BIOLinks is a key means by which we communicate our research activities, successes and impacts to staff, industry partners and alumni alike. You can also keep up to date with the very latest news and awards by joining the School on Facebook.

Community Engagement through the Media
The School of Biological Sciences has an extensive and far-reaching media profile, generating greater than 1500 news items in 2011. This included newspaper and magazine articles, TV & radio interviews and appearances on popular science programs including Totally Wild, the ABC's Catalyst and David Attenborough's “Life” TV series. Our staff and postgraduate research students have commented on a wide range of topics and issues including: conservation and Australia's biodiversity, the health of the Great Barrier Reef, dinosaurs, crocodiles, marine parks and ocean acidification. For the past two years UQ Media has managed more than 60 press releases each year from the School. You can view our latest media releases on our home page.

Industry and Government
Research collaborations with industry and Australian government entities are an important component of our research profile. Industry partners include the peak industry and development councils of the Cotton, Fisheries, Horticulture, and Forestry industries, in addition to companies such as Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton. The School has collaborated with industry and government in a range of initiative targeting emerging research priorities. Official linkages are in addition to numerous research collaborations that exist between School and Centre Colleagues.

Government, Industry and NGO research partners for grants receiving funds in 2010
Australia Zoo
Australian Antarctic Division
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Autore Pearling Pty Ltd
BHP Olympic Dam
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Consolidated Rutile Ltd
Cotton Research and Development Corporation
CSIRO
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities
EarthWatch Institute
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
FNQ NRM Ltd
Forest and Wood Products Australia
Horticulture Australia LTD
Industry and Investment NSW
Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd
Longreach Regional Council
Moreton Bay Regional Council
National Institute of Health
Nature Conservancy
Northern Territory of Australia
PGG Wrightson Seeds
PTEP Australasia
Redland Shire Council
Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
Rio Tinto Coal Australia Pty Ltd
Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation
SEQ Water
South Australia Arid Lands Natural Research
South Australia Research and Development Institute



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