Keynote Speakers

Dr. Julia Corbett
Affiliate Faculty, Global Change & Sustainability Center
Professor, Environmental Humanities
Professor, Communication


Julia Corbett is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Environmental Humanities. Her scholarship investigates environmental communication from a macro-sociological view of social conflict and cultural change, primarily now in the form of nonfiction essays and books about human relationships with the natural world. Of particular interest is the social organization of climate silence and alternative forms of engagement with climate change. She authored one of the first texts in environmental communication, Communicating Nature: How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages (2006, Island Press). Her second book, Seven Summers: A Naturalist Homesteads in the Modern West, “enacts the insights of feminist nature criticism” in a memoir about a small cabin in a wild place in a 21st-century landscape under acute pressure (2013, University of Utah Press). Her environmental nonfiction essays have been published in venues such as Orion, High Country News, and OnEarth magazine. She is finishing a third book, A Regular Day for the Moon: Culture and Everyday Nature and will soon begin a fourth about communicating climate change. Before receiving her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1994, she was a reporter, a park ranger, a naturalist, a natural resources information officer, and a press secretary.

Dr. Sean Perera
Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science


Dr Sean Perera is currently a Sessional Academic at the ANU Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS-ANU), where he has held several positions including Research Fellow, Lecturer, and International Programs Convener since 2007.
His research explores how science is communicated with culturally and linguistically diverse audiences. He is an internationally recognised expert in cross-cultural science communication, and convenes the course Cross-cultural Perspectives in Science Communication (SCOM3029 / SCOM6029) at CPAS-ANU.
Sean earned his PhD in science communication from ANU in 2010. He has a First Class, Tri-major Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology, chemistry and zoology from Bangalore University, India, and a Master’s Degree in agriculture from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka. His significant achievements are listed below:

  • Colleges of Science Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (2015)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK (since 2015)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Team Award for Public Policy and Outreach (2015)
  • Leader of Opening Doors Project – engaging disadvantaged, young immigrants with Australian science (since 2012)
  • Co-author of Federal Government commissioned Inspiring Australia Developing Evidence Base for Science Engagement Report (2012)
  • Edward Gray Memorial Prize – Australia Sri Lanka Council for promoting bi-lateral relations through science communication (2007)
  • Total grant funding exceeding A$150,000 for science communication research and outreach, procured from funding bodies in Australia and internationally.


1988-2016 Chiba Zoological Park (千葉市動物公園)
・Keeper  Lion, Ungulates (Giraffe, Oryx, Zebra etc.), Children’s Zoo,
Primates (Japanese Macaque, Siamang, Mandrill, Colobus etc.)
・Educator  School Program, Outreach Program, Training for students etc.
・Registrar Studbook Keeper

2016- Regional Representatives of North and South East Asia -to-be (October- )
International Zoo Educators’ Association (IZEA)
2013- President
Japanese Zoo and Aquarium Educators (JZAE)

1997-1999 Evening Graduate School, Toyo University (東洋大学 大学院)
Master of Education (教育学修士)
・Zoo Education  (動物園教育)
・Environmental Education (環境教育/環境学習)
・Life Long Education   (生涯教育/生涯学習)

1984-1988 Tokyo University of Agriculture (東京農業大学)
Bachelor of Agriculture (農学士)
・Animal Science (畜産学)



Programme development

Corporate Training

 Campaign coordination

Staff coaching

   Business planning



Year Programme Institution Mode of Study
2014-2018 Master in Counselling (*To be completed in Aug 2018) City University of Hong Kong part-time
2013-2014 Diploma in General Counselling Chinese University – Continuing Education 1 year, part-time
2006-2007 Master in Corporate Environmental Governance The University of Hong Kong 1 year, full-time
2003-2006 Bachelor in Environment &Society Education The University of London, King’s College 3 years, full-time
2001-2003 A-level, UK Kent College, Canterbury, UK 2 years, full-time


Period Position Organization
07/2014-present Discovery and Education Manager Ocean Park, Hong Kong
11/2012-07/2014 Senior Education Officer Ocean Park, Hong Kong
07/2011-10/2012 Education Officer Ocean Park, Hong Kong
09/2010-07/2011 Administrative Officer to General Manager & Programme Officer/Pre-school Section YMCA of Hong Kong
09/2009-09/2010 Assistant Supervisor/Leadership and Learning Noah’s Ark, Hong Kong
04/2007-09/2009 Education Specialist Ocean Park, Hong Kong
06/2004-03/2007 Camp Coordinator (Part Time) YMCA of Hong Kong


Position              Organization
Campaign Leader Shark Savers, Hong Kong
Scout Leader HK Scout Association


Licenses Issuing organization
Certified Behavioral Consultant The Institute for Motivational Living
Certified Coach (NLP, Business Coaching) International NLP Coach Association
Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming International NLP Federation
Certified Interpretive Guide The National Association for Interpretation
Adventure Based Counselling Activity Instructor The Salvation Army – Education and Development Centre
Certified Play Therapist Unleashing Mind
MBTI & MMTIC Practitioner Unleashing Mind


Melbourne, Australia

Rachel is an innovative leader in science communication with experience in developing and delivering social marketing campaigns that influence pro-wildlife behaviour change.

Rachel is the Director of Wildlife Conservation and Science at Zoos Victoria and Past-President of International Zoo Educators Association. Rachel leads a team at Zoos Victoria that oversees the organizations wildlife captive breeding and recovery projects, eco-socio projects, environmental sustainability, collection planning, research, education, community conservation and animal welfare. Rachel is also advisor to Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner, and former Chair of the Centre for Sustainability leadership. She has developed award winning programs that have tackled conservation and sustainability issues both locally and globally, with the Don’t Palm us Off campaign being one that has helped raise the profile of what zoos can achieve through community conservation campaigns. In 2010 Rachel was awarded Sustainability Leader of the year by WME within the Government and NGO sector. In 2011 she was profiled in Melbourne’s Top 100 most influential people through The Age newspaper. In 2012, Rachel led a team whose sustainability initiatives secured Zoos Vitoria the title of the world’s first carbon neutral zoo. In 2016, the Australian Geographic Magazine listed Rachel as Australia’s Top 30 conservation heroes. Rachel is currently working to raise the profile of Victoria’s most threatened terrestrial vertebrates, and is currently leading a conservation campaign designed to reduce the threats to wildlife posed by the outdoor use of balloons and their associated plastics.

Lian Wilson

Passionate about working with people to secure a sustainable future for all, Lian leads a team of conservation specialists and works with communities to foster emotional connections, create advocates for wildlife, and facilitate pro-conservation behaviours, delivered through award winning community conservation campaigns and education programs. Lian is committed to developing young people, through programs like Youth at the Zoo and Education for Conservation, ensuring our future has leaders that champion wildlife conservation.

Professional Experience
General Manager Community Conservation & Learning                   2015 – current
Zoos Victoria – Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Lead a team of social science, conservation and education specialists to develop and activate initiatives through the community that reduce human driven threats to wildlife and build a wildlife friendly community. Key achievements:

  • Development of a Community Conservation Toolkit, underpinned by Zoos Victoria’s Connect-Understand-Act model, and staff training program to build capabilities to foster key attitudes, values, influence beliefs and facilitate pro wildlife behaviours.
  • Manage the development and design of community conservation campaigns and initiatives, including Education for Conservation program, ensuring best practice social science
  • Manage the implementation of the Community Conservation Masterplan 2015-2020 to deliver on Zoos Victoria’s goal to be a world leading zoo based conservation organisation and fight extinction.
  • Development of the Community Conservation Research Plan that identifies and prioritises social science research needs, and ensures social and biological sciences are integrated where necessary to maximise conservation impact
  • Secured significant funding from the State Government to provide access for 40,000 regional and disadvantaged students to our Fighting Extinction Schools program that engages schools in working with us to save endangered wildlife.

General Manager Visitor Engagement & Learning                        2008 – 2015
Zoos Victoria – Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee Open Range Zoo
Led the establishment of strategies and developed outstanding learning experience across Zoos Victoria’s three properties that met the needs of learners, and objectives of Zoos Victoria and Education partners. Key achievements:

  • Effectively led two major transformations at ZV through influencing strategic thinking, direction and cultural change – redeveloped the volunteer program to align with conservation objectives, and development of the new learning delivery model Education for Conservation.
  • Development and implementation of Zoos Victoria’s model Connect–Understand–Act that achieves tangible conservation action
  • Led the strategic direction of key initiatives – YATZ and teacher members – to achieve conservation and learning outcomes, and built capacity in teams to utilise the Connect-Understand-Act model to create innovative experiences that facilitate conservation action
  • Cultivated strong external relationships that have successfully secured sustained funding of approx. $1 million each year from ZV’s key education partners – Department of Education and Catholic Education Melbourne – for over nine years; fostered effective stakeholder partnerships and timely reports on how our learning programs have a positive impact on student and teacher outcomes
  • Provided leadership through convening the State Government Education Department’s Environment, Science & Technology Network for 6 years
  • Member of the Sustainability in Schools State Steering Committee (two years)
  • Designed a new zoo wide training program for volunteers that equipped volunteers to engage visitors in our conservation work and facilitate behaviour change.

Learning Experiences Manager                                                         2006 – 2008
Melbourne Zoo
Led a team of skilled educators and managed the development and delivery of conservation education programs. Key achievements:

  • Achieved all corporate objectives for education visitation, revenue and maintained a successful and enthusiastic team through organisational change and State Government curriculum change.
  • Led key learning projects that integrated best practice learning principles into new spaces at the zoo, including the world class interactive children’s play area Growing Wild that nurtures an early love of nature.
  • Provided leadership through convening the State Government Education Department’s Environmental Sustainability Network
  • Recipient of the Zoos Victoria Fellowship – developed and delivered a professional development conservation education program for teachers in North Sumatra with Fauna and Flora International

Interpretation Coordinator                                                           1999 – 2005
Melbourne Aquarium
Led the strategic direction and an experienced team to develop and deliver unique and engaging interpretive experiences and education programs with the aim of improving marine science literacy and care for marine animals and oceans.

Tertiary Education

Diploma, Lean Practitioner Program in Competitive Systems and Practices    2015
Swinburne University of Technology
Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)                                2004 – 2005
Monash University
Methods: Science and Biology
Bachelor of Science                                                                     1996 – 1998
University of Melbourne
Zoology and Marine Science major

Community Based Social Marketing – Advanced Behaviour Change Training   (2008)

Professional Memberships
International Zoo Educators Association
Zoo and Aquarium Association
Interpretation Australia