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The Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group (ICON Science) is a team of researchers working to better understand and manage the interactions between society and our natural environment. We believe conserving biodiversity demands a multidisciplinary approach that reconciles ecological, social and economic dimensions.
ICON Science examines these different drivers of change, often with a focus on urban and semi-rural environments. Our aim is to address the gap between conservation theory and real world practice in complex planning environments.
We welcome visitors and potential collaborators! Please see our Research Themes for more information on our current projects and contact our theme leaders for topics you are interested in.
We work as part of RMIT University’s Centre of Urban Research (CUR) and Centre for Environmental Sustainability and Remediation (EnSuRe), and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub and Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program.
In April, I attended an art exhibition that helps people visualize the biodiversity crisis in Australia. ‘Day of the Species’ is a community art project
Catch our own Sarah Bekessy on Studio Ten, TEN Central Digital TV. Sarah rates the major parties’ policies when it comes to protecting biodiversity, threatened
Sarah Bekessy, RMIT University and Brendan Wintle, The University of Melbourne The animals and plants at risk of extinction finally made it onto the political
Sarah Bekessy, RMIT University and Brendan Wintle, The University of Melbourne Australia is losing more biodiversity than any other developed nation. Already this year the