Events and Conferences

ABARES Outlook Conference 2015

National Convention Centre, Canberra 3-4 March 2015

The ABARES Outlook conference is the leading forum in Australia for public and private sector decision makers to discuss the key domestic and global issues for Australia’s agriculture, forestry and fisheries sectors.

The focus will be on the key issues that will drive the profitability of the Australian agriculture sector, including opportunities from increasing global food demand, access to international markets, trends in productivity and technology, and improving the business environment for agricultural producers through innovative financing solutions and reductions in regulatory burdens.

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Benefits and Risks of Exotic Biological Control Agents

Bornholm, Denmark. 13-15 May 2015

Open conference of a Working Group of the IOBC.

This meeting is targeted at scientists and professionals working with benefits and risks of exotic biological control (biocontrol) agents.

The meeting aims to address the following areas:

  • To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies which are considered to be successful biological control agents
  • To assess the characteristics of exotic natural enemies introduced into a country as biological control agents which subsequently become invasive alien species
  • To highlight research areas requiring attention and develop strategies for supporting priority research
  • Ongoing development of guidelines on assessing environmental benefits and risks of releasing exotic biological control agents to increase cogency of decision making on classical biological control initiatives

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2015 CRC Association Conference, The Australia 2040 Forum

Parliament House (& other venues), Canberra 25-27 March 2015

2015 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Cooperative Research Centres Program. To celebrate this important milestone the CRC Association is holding the 2015 conference in Canberra. The highlight of the event will be a one-day forum held at Parliament House, themed Australia 2040. The forum will look 25 years back at the achievements of Cooperative Research Centres and 25 years into the future, examining the challenges and opportunities for Australia in the next quarter century.

In the evening we will celebrate further with a Showcase of CRC outcomes, followed by the Excellence in Innovation Awards dinner in the Great Hall at Parliament House.

The conference will also include a special welcome function at The Australian War Memorial, including the Ralph Slatyer Address on Science and Society and Showcasing Early Career Researchers.

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10th International Rangeland Congress 2016

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 17-22 July, 2016

Held every 3-5 years,the aim of the International Rangeland Congress is to promote the interchange of scientific and technical information on all aspects of rangelands: research, planning, development, management, extension, education and training.

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