We have been following the University’s guidance in dealing with the rapidly evolving situation concerning the COVID-19 virus.
As a precautionary measure and based upon the advice from our expert panel, ANU will cancel all public and social events from Monday 16 March until the end of semester one, Saturday 20 June.
This is a precautionary measure that we know will be disappointing for many, but our aim is to reduce opportunities for the virus to spread by limiting activity on campus without disrupting our essential teaching and research activities.
Unfortunately, a flow on effect of this decision means that we are cancelling our Visiting Fellows Dinners planned for March to June 2020.
The decision to postpone these events has not been an easy one, however the health and safety of our community is our top priority.
This is a challenging time and we thank you for your support and understanding.
Our May host was to be Dr Marta Yebra. Dr Yebra is a Senior Lecturer in Environment and Engineering at the Fenner School of Environment & Society and Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Environmental Engineering ), Mission Specialist of the ANU Institute for Space and Associate editor for Remote Sensing of Environment. Her research focuses on using remote sensing data to monitor, quantify and forecast natural resources, natural hazards, and landscape function and health at local, regional and global scales.
A remote-sensing expert, Dr Yebra is currently working with instrument scientist Dr Rob Sharp to plan the development of the first Australian satellite designed to predict where bushfires are likely to start and those that will be difficult to contain.
Dr Yebra regularly consults with emergency agencies and response teams across Australia on the bushfire risks posed by fuel loads, and advised NSW Rural Fire Service during the recent unprecedented bushfire season.