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The University of Melbourne has played a key role in dating a new species of human fossil found in South Africa.

Key contributors to climate change policy making in Australia will reflect on their experiences and point to the lessons that can be learnt at a forum at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday 30 March.

Internationally recognised computational scientist Professor Peter R Taylor has been appointed as the Director of the University of Melbourne led Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI).

Butterflies are emerging in spring over 10 days earlier than they did 65 years ago, a shift that has been linked to regional human-induced climate change in a University of Melbourne- led study. The work reveals for the first time, a causal link between increasing greenhouse gases, regional warming and the change in timing of a natural event.

Dwindling resources and radical environmental change is putting access to essential services like food and water at risk, according to the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (VEIL).

The University of Melbourne’s Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science has recently welcomed their new Head of Department, Associate Professor Gerd Bossinger, a leading expert in tree genetics, to be based at the Creswick campus. The department is Australia’s largest combined research, development and education provider dedicated to forests, forest products and forested landscapes, and is based in the Melbourne School of Land and Environment.

Electricity providers and governments need to do more to change how people think if more people are to take up green electricity, according to a new study.

A new study has revealed that lizard, snake and frog populations in Melbourne have declined dramatically since human settlement, and in order to conserve our reptiles and amphibians it is the quality, and not just the quantity of habitat that will help maintain biodiversity in our cities.

University of Melbourne mathematicians have developed a software tool to help maximize investment and minimize the cost of carbon emissions compliance.

Increased numbers of students applying for the University of Melbourne's Bachelor of Science shows that students believe science is important to the future of our society, according to the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Robert Saint.

"The dramatically increased demand for Science at the University of Melbourne tells us...that students are recognising the importance of science to the future of our society, and that they recognise the quality of science education and research going on at the University of Melbourne."

Just over 5700 students will receive an offer of a Commonwealth Supported Place at the University of Melbourne when first round offers are released this afternoon.

For full details about the University's offers, please go to the media release here:

Have you received an offer and want to share your excitment? Head to the University of Melbourne's official Facebook page