Professor Ian Lowe.
Emeritus Professor at Griffith University.
His lecture for Sustainable Population Australia titled:
A road map to sustainability
A road map to sustainability.
Ian is an internationally recognised expert on environmental issues, energy, science, technology and futures. He has held senior advisory roles for all three levels of government and consulted extensively for companies and peak organisations in the private sector.
Professor Lowe was named Humanist of the year in 1988 and was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to science and technology, especially in the area of environmental studies. In 2002, he was awarded a Centenary medal for contributions to environmental science and won the Eureka Prize for promotion of science. He has also been awarded the Prime Minister's Environment award for Outstanding Individual Achievement, and the Queensland Premiers Millennium award for Excellence in Science.
Professor Lowe is a member of the Environmental Health Council, the Radiation Health and Safety Advisory Council and the National Commission for UNESCO. He chairs the Queensland Government task force implementing the reform of science education, and is deputy chair of the Queensland Sustainable Energy Innovation Group, which advises the state government on energy innovations.
Professor Lowe has been a referee for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, attended the Geneva and Kyoto conferences of the parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and was a member of the Australian delegation to the 1999 UNESCO World conference on science. He was on the steering group for the UNEP project Global Environmental Outlook, an invited participant in the 2000 workshop on Sustainability Science and a referee for both the International Geosphere-Biosphere program's 2004 book on planetary science and the UN's Millennium Assessment Report.
Professor Lowe has made countless contributions to newspapers, radio, television and periodicals and gave the ABC's Boyer lectures in 1991. He was a member of the advisory group for Brisbane's Ideas at the Powerhouse for the four years of that event, and also for the Ideas Festival held in 2006. He is a member of the board of Major Brisbane Festivals Ltd, is Vice-President of the Queensland Academy of the Arts and Sciences and President of the Australian Conservation Foundation.