Forthcoming Seminar by ex-COGger, Hugh Possingham

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Subject: Forthcoming Seminar by ex-COGger, Hugh Possingham
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Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2016 01:06:38 +0000


Next Wednesday the Centre for Biodiversity Analysis will be hosting a special seminar by Hugh Possingham from the University of QLD.

2–3pm Wed 20 Jul, 2016  Gould Seminar Room (Bld 116, Daley Road), ANU

Good decisions require data, values and models. But how much data do we need, how good do the models need to be? We can go on forever collecting data and building better models - both take time and cost money. That time removes opportunity, that money could be spent on actions. Value of information analysis is a formal approach to answering the question of how much knowledge we need - but it also takes time and money. How much can we spend on formal value of information analyses?
In this talk Hugh will walk through his personal struggle with the question of how much knowledge is enough using several examples. He will argue for, and propose, a simple but dodgy solution to the problem.

Hugh Possingham is currently a Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Ecology at The University of Queensland, and a Professor of Conservation Decisions, at Imperial College London. He holds an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow (2014-18) and is Director of The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions and the NESP Threatened Species Hub. Later this year, Hugh will take on the role of Chief Scientist of The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

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