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Global warming is no longer a philosophical threat, no longer a future threat, no longer a threat at all. It's our reality.
-- Bill McKibben

Upcoming Events
Darwin Day Dinner with Stephen Boyden Feb 12, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM — University House
CAPAD General Meeting Feb 16, 2016 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM — Woden Hellenic Club, Matilda St
Combined FFF/Conservation Council February meeting: Climate change Feb 25, 2016 12:00 PM — Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, ANU College of Business & Economics, Building 26C, Kingsley Street, Acton.
World Environment Day dinner Jun 04, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Upcoming events…

Welcome to the Frank Fenner Foundation

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    The ethical city: an idea whose time has come

    The Conversation, January 27, 2016

    Globally, there is intense discussion about the future of urban life through the World Urban Campaign. The central proposition is that:

    … the battle for a more sustainable future will be won or lost in cities.

    (read more)

  • Grassland Conservation Strategy

    Management of the ACT’s natural areas is guided by strategies and action plans  that are occasionally updated and revised.

    There is currently a draft revision to the Grassland Conservation Strategy (originally published 2005) under consideration.

    The earlier Strategy was aimed at identification and protection whereas the revised Strategy has a stronger emphasis on management and restoration of grassland sites for long-term conservation and expands the scope of grasslands, updates information and reorganises chapters.


    The draft Grassland Strategy is scheduled for six weeks of public consultation in March. The Conservation Council of ACT and Region  will coordinate a  briefing during this period.  If you are interested in learning more  about these briefings, please contact CCACTR at or in putting forward a submission, please contact  the Environment Directorate at


  • Integrated Nature Conservation Agency to emerge from ACT Cabinet reshuffle

    The Chief Minister of the ACT government  has signalled the establishment  of an integrated nature conservation agency with his recent reshuffle of cabinet and new allocation of Ministerial responsibilities.  His media release announced that “Minister Gentleman will [also] lead the work to create a single ACT conservation agency that will work toward better integration of biodiversity management. This is an item of the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly. The arrangements for the new agency will be put in place over the next few months."  .

    Frank Fenner Foundation welcomes this opportunity to strengthen arrangements to bring together policy specialists in the environment directorate, Parks services and bushfire management.  We hope that it will also create opportunities for a more integrated biosensitive approach to planning decisions in the ACT.

  • slider fenner buildingThe Fenner Foundation is named after the late Professor Frank Fenner as a lasting memorial to his lifelong commitment to human health and the health of the natural environment. The Foundation's work is a logical next  step in continuing his vision for healthy people on a healthy planet.

    For more about this remarkable man:
    Dr Fred Murphy's tribute -
    Dr Ann Moyal's Preface to Fenner's autobiography  at]
    ABC News Tribute at

  • Member Survey

    slider mosiac seatsIn 2014, the Frank Fenner Foundation Membership Working Group undertook a survey of our members to seek your thoughts on  what is important for  our members about our activities and being part of FFF.  While we only received around 40 responses, we collated the answers and have used these thoughts in reviewing our activities and planning future projects.  Read a summary of the report produced from the survey.

    Lyn Goldsworthy AM

    Executive Officer

  • cakeStephen Boyden’s 90th birthday celebration

    The celebration was held on 11 June in the Drawing Room at ANU's University House. Forty-three of Stephen's friends, many of whom are members of the Frank Fenner Foundation, were able to attend. After the meal Stephen entertained us with a wonderful speech constructed partly around the theme of magic, which was inspired by Richard Dawkin's book, The Magic of Reality. Read the speech.


    slider lake v2Australian network for planetary health / a healthy planet – a discussion paper

    Peter Tait, Ecology and Environment SIG, Public Health Association of Australia


    This paper continues discussion of an idea to set up in Australia a network, alliance or coalition for Planetary Health / a Healthy Planet, comprising major health organisations. Its aim is to focus more broadly on addressing the environmental determinants of health rather than a limited focus on global warming and climate change. Read more.







    slider moss v2Brendan Mackey. Green vision for a brown country

    FFF Board member Brendan Mackey has written an opinion piece, where he talks about a vision and long term goal for biodiversity and nature conservation in Australia. Read more.

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    The impact of pharmaceutical waste on the environment

    by Helen Gayle

    The impact of the pharmaceutical industry, and particularly of the resultant waste, on the environment is such that it is having an increasing and devastating effect on our planet, and one that is for the main part left to go unabated.[more]



    by Helen Gayle

    The United Nations have negotiated the next set of sustainable development goals, and are setting targets for the post 2015 sustainable development agenda. Whilst it is important and understandable that many of these goals focus on solving the environmental problems that are being created by climate change and overconsumption, it is also important that global goals for public and individual health are set and maintained.[more]

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    Do we need carbon for transport?

    by Bryan Furnass, ANU Emeritus Faculty, 6 August 2014

    One largely unexplored energy solution
    for transport, and ultimately for base load power generation is to use nitrogen as a
    hydrogen carrier (i.e. anhydrous ammonia, NH3), which can be synthesised using clean
    renewable energy currency, atmospheric nitrogen and hydrolysis of water for hydrogen,
    with oxygen as a by-product.

    [more: download PDF]

For healthy people on a healthy planet
From around the world

Why a walk in the woods really does help your body and your soul

The Conversation, February 1, 2016

Does exposure to biodiversity improve your health? More on this by Japanese researchers among others.

From around the world

The Pope's Encyclical

The 2015 encyclical of Pope Francis is not only about the need to address climate change, but also about wider issues such as the limits of technology, and the downside  of economic growth.

From around the world

The United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development: New York on 25-27 September.

The recent United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development, held in New York in late September committed to a new 2030 agenda for sustainable development.  This agenda encompasses 17 transformative sustainable development goals, aimed at wiping out poverty, fighting inequality, and Tackling  climate change over the next 15 years.

Read more

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