Marine Speaker Evenings

In 2018 we are hosting six Marine Speaker Evenings

Dates:  The third Tuesday evening of every alternate month: 20 February, 17 April, 19 June, 21 August, 16 October, 18 December.

Program: 7pm supper and informal socialising; Speaker from 7.30 – 8.30pm; then further socialising and 9pm close.

Venue: Beaumaris Seniors Centre, Reserve Road, Beaumaris (the building behind Beaumaris Library)

Beaumaris Seniors Centre

Details of each speaker will be posted on Facebook too.

20 February 2018

P.T. Hirshfield from Pink Tank Scuba spoke after our AGM on 20 February.

P.T. Hirschfield is an underwater photographer specialising in marine life portraits, and whose videos feature unique marine life behaviours. See her work at the Pink Tank Scuba below:

YouTube: LINK

She also writes a monthly column for Dive Log Australasia.



We have a list of eager people who would love to speak to our community in 2018 and 2019, which will be loaded onto our website as soon.

2017 Speakers

In 2017 we hosted some good, strong speakers.

21 February 2017

Professor Stephen Swearer, Marine Biologist at the University of Melbourne, spoke about Restoring the lost kelp forests of Port Phillip Bay.

He and his team work on the Reef Ecosystem Evaluation Framework (REEF) project funded by the Victorian Government, which was established to examine the effect of sea urchins and potential anthropogenic stressors (sediment and nutrients) associated with urbanisation on the local and system-wide dynamics of rocky reefs in Port Phillip Bay (PPB), Victoria. LINK


21 March 2017

Professor Ian Rae, Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne, spoke about, the Friends of Williamstown Wetlands’ litter project.

Friends of Williamstown Wetlands Inc. (in conjunction with Hobsons Bay City Council and Parks Victoria) extended its activities to the newly-reconstituted Paisley-Challis Wetland.  While concentrating on revegetation of degraded land, the group has always paid attention to litter control and has participated each year in Clean Up Australia Day. 


16 May 2017

Brad Jessup, a human geographer and an environmental law specialist at the University of Melbourne, spoke on Reflecting on Justice and the Channel Deepening Project.

The Victorian bureaucracy is pondering a state strategy on Environmental Justice to fulfil an election promise of the current Andrews Labor Government.




17 October 2017

Professor John Buckeridge, Natural Resources Engineering, RMIT, Melbourne, stepped in at the eleventh hour to give us a delightful and enthusiastic talk all about the Local fossils found in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary.






17 December 2017

Dr Tim O’Hara from Museums Victoria, spoke on Ocean Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Tim has been Senior Curator of Marine Invertebrates at Museums Victoria since 2001. In this role, he investigates the distribution of biodiversity across the ocean seafloor, by combining data from museum collections from across the planet.