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More than 40 academics, engineers and government leaders from Asia will gather at the University of Melbourne this week to examine how renewable energy technologies and systems can reduce poverty, address social inclusion and improve gender balance.

East Timor is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and Australia has a moral and historical obligation to help, a University of Melbourne study has found.

Professor Geoff Stevens talks with ABC 24 about some of the issues facing Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant.

Prof Stevens was speaking ahead of the "Fukushima: The Facts & The Fallout" public lecture, occurring at the University of Melbourne on March 31.

More information about the lecture can be found at http://www.eng.unimelb.edu.au/nuclear/ while a full profile of Prof Stevens is available on http://www.chemeng.unimelb.edu.au/people/staff/stevens.html.