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Advanced Environmental Sensing Industry Masterclass

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Date: 8 - 9 June 2018
Venue: KIOSK 369 Stud road, Wantirna

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This world-first masterclass is based on three years of global collaboration between Australian company Global Urban Forest, US company OurSci and LLC PhotosynQ from Michigan State University.

Understanding natural environments has never been more important for the longevity of current and future generations.The complexities of ecosystems both in natural and urban environments are still being uncovered.

Technology is changing how we manage, invest and protect environments, including Urban Forestry and Agriculture. Greater environmental understanding and best-practice management, underpinned by robust science, will have a profound impact on human health in the future.

We are on the cusp of a quantum leap in environmental science, and we could create a valuable legacy for future generations by benchmarking the complexities of the natural world.

Masterclass outline

  1. The shortfalls in current global Urban Forest management
  2. Examples of holistic Urban Forest data collection and best practice management
  3. Measuring Soil Health
  4. Measuring Photosynthesis
  5. Measuring Soil Carbon
  6. Measuring Brix (food quality)
  7. Designing custom industry-specific sensing tools

New Tools and Equipment

  1. OurSci/PhotosynQ web-based opensource platforms
  2. Fluorescene/Spectrometers
  3. Co2 Sensors for Co2 Content n Soil and Soil Biology Respiration
  4. Soil Moisture/Soil Compaction

Contact Information: Kylie-Maree Kemp


Matthew Robin Daniel 


Founder - Global Urban Forest Pty Ltd
Beta Tester - PhotosynQ - Experts Program 
Partner – -  LLC 

Matthew is a global leader in advanced holistic urban tree management, Scholarship-trained in Tasmania as a climbing Arborist and Horticulturalist with Launceston City Council.Matthews career was established in the core principals of holistic tree and soil management. After leaving Tasmania he developed as an expert in advanced confined space low impact rigging removal of large and dangerous trees, formative and remedial pruning and tree restoration using microbial interaction.

Matthew’s goal is to raise the scientific profile of global Arboriculture, developing new techniques based on measures of tree and soil health status. Sharing knowledge and passion in advanced Urban Forest management and providing a baseline of environmental science to following generations of Urban Foresters.

Greg Austic


Greg is an open technology advocate, co-organizer of the Gathering of Open Science Hardware GOSHand the Gathering for Open Ag Tech (GOAT). He’s a jack of all trades capable of getting an idea off the ground quickly and inexpensively.  Prior to co-founding Our Sci, he led the development of the MultispeQ, a low-cost photosynthesis meter, and PhotosynQ, a platform for collecting and sharing plant health data. Read Greg's full resume here.

Dan TerAvest


Dan has a PhD in soil science and over 5 years experience working with smallholder farmers in southern and eastern Africa. Most recently he coordinated international research collaborations for the PhotosynQ project at Michigan State University.

Manuel Di Cerbo


BSc. EE FHNW, Switzerland
Managing Director Nexus-Computing GmbH

Manuel has focused on building Android and Web applications for the past ten years. He is currently responsible for building the Android application for Our-Sci, as well as building data visualization and sensor drivers. Prior to this, he built the Android application of PhotosynQ.

Frank Somerville


Frank Somerville is a Senior Educator within the Horticultural and Environmental Technologies team at Swinburne University of Technology. He has a diverse background in the Building and Landscape industry for over 35 years and a Qualified Arborist for over 20 years.

Frank is a member of the Victorian Tree Industry Organisation (VTIO) where he is regularly utilised as a Senior Judge for their Arboriculture Competitions. He also sits on the sub-committee for Landscaping Victoria, representing the training and education sector.

Accommodation options

Punthill Melbourne Apartment Hotel Knox
337 Stud Road, Wantirna South, Victoria, 3152
1300 964 821


Golden Pebble Hotel
500 Boronia Rd, Wantirna VIC 3152
(03) 9837 8800


Quality Inn & Suites Knox
137 Mountain Hwy, Wantirna VIC 3152
(03) 9801 6044