326. 60-second videos about our research

My School at the University of Western Australia is having a competition amongst staff and students to produce a 60-second video that says something interesting and engaging about our research.

I’ve put in two entries. The first one, about farmer adaptation to climate change, is the fun one.

The second one, about water pollution, is more traditional, but I hope it’s still interesting.

I’m also included in a third really creative entry that was put together by Maksym Polyakov.

Wish us luck. The winner will be announced in December.

Further reading

Thamo, T., Addai, D., Kragt, M.E., Kingwell, R., Pannell, D.J., and Robertson, M.J. (2019). Climate change reduces the mitigation obtainable from sequestration in an Australian farming system, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (forthcoming). Journal web site

Thamo, T., Addai, D., Pannell, D.J., Robertson, M.J., Thomas, D.T. & Young, J.M. (2017). Climate change impacts and farm-level adaptation: Economic analysis of a mixed cropping–livestock system, Agricultural Systems 150, 99-108. Journal web page * IDEAS page

Pannell, D.J. (2017). Economic perspectives on nitrogen in farming systems: managing trade-offs between production, risk and the environment, Soil Research 55, 473-478. Journal web site

Rogers, A.A., Burton, M.P., Cleland, J.A., Rolfe, J., Meeuwig, J.J. & Pannell, D.J. (2017). Expert judgements and public values: preference heterogeneity for protecting ecology in the Swan River, Western Australia, Working Papers 254025, University of Western Australia, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics. IDEAS page


  • 24 September, 2019 - 3:25 am | link

    I love the first one David! That was a great way to start the morning.

  • Rob Bramley
    24 September, 2019 - 7:39 am | link

    These are good. Can we see the full length of the first one with the entire song ?

    • 24 September, 2019 - 5:00 pm | link

      Thanks Rob. That’s the whole song. It was written to be exactly 60 seconds long. I could make it longer, but I haven’t yet.

  • Alistar
    24 September, 2019 - 8:38 am | link

    Hi Dave

    Loved the first one……and liked your dancing style. An old colleague of mine, Randy Olson (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Olson), wrote a book in 2009 called Don’t be Such a Scientist all about how to message re climate change and adaptation. He would love your approach but he might have something to say about the ….and…but…therefore structure of the story (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERB7ITvabA4).



  • Carolyn Daniel
    24 September, 2019 - 10:04 am | link

    Very surprising video on Farmers adapting to climate change, it did make me laugh at what is otherwise a serious topic.
    The fertiliser video reminded me of projects done back in the late 1990’s when we were talking about this very subject, sadly the wheels of progress move slowly. We did however get farmers engaged in fertiliser application in a project done in the Fitzgerald River project. Back then 100% of the farmers involved undertook soil testing to see what they needed to apply. This statistic whilst good was flawed because the fertiliser companies were the ones who did the soil tests.

  • 26 September, 2019 - 1:36 pm | link

    We love that this is engaging and fun. It should be open to popular vote. Is it? If so, we can work on garnering the votes for the fun one. The others are good, too, but we just want to have fun.

    Claire and Heather

    • 26 September, 2019 - 1:48 pm | link

      Thanks Claire and Heather. As far as I’m aware, there is no popular vote, but I’ll let you know if there is!

  • 21 November, 2019 - 2:24 pm | link

    The results are in. Maksym’s animation was the overall winner and my musical one came second. Well done Maksym!

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