Events and Conferences

ABARES Regional Outlook Conferences 2015

All states and the Northern Territory, between April and October, 2015

The ABARES Regional Outlook conferences are one-day events and are an opportunity to hear from ABARES researchers, local producers, industry representatives and business people, and discuss issues relevant to your region.

Registration is free of charge but pre-conference enrolment is essential. Each conference program includes forecasts for key agricultural commodities, an economic overview, weather and climate trends, local challenges such as labour and water issues and case studies from innovative regional businesses.

Delegates include producers and growers, bankers, consultants, regional development and NRM agencies, local business owners, state and local government staff and many others with an interest in the future of their region

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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 May 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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Tropical Agriculture Conference (TropAg2015)

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Queensland. 16-18 November, 2015

The goal of the conference is to bring together many of the leading scientific voices and facilitate cross-border collaboration, new project development and technology transfer – with a focus on the delivery of a diverse range of tropical and subtropical agricultural scientific advances for the food, plant and animal industries.

The conference is designed to focus on research advances within the agriculture industries located in the subtropics and tropics including livestock (beef, dairy, pork, poultry) grain and pulse crops, sugarcane and horticultural crops. We anticipate the research will cover a diverse range of aspects that are both pre-farm gate and post-farm gate but with a clear focus on agricultural products most of which are used for food.

Call for abstracts is now open and closes on 30th April.

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Island Arks Symposium IV

Norfolk Island. 20-27 February, 2016

The Symposium will be attended by: scientists, managers, decision makers, residents, and custodians. Students are encouraged to attend and there will be a discounted student registration fee. We invite the international community and specifically encourage those from neighbouring areas in Asia, New Zealand and the greater Pacific region. There will be discussion panels, workshops and field trips during the symposia.

Symposium Themes will include Conservation tourism, island translocations, new advances in pest control and eradication, marine and island ecosystem linkages, restoration economics and global seabird ecology linkages.

Submission of Abstracts is now open and will close on the 31st July 2015.

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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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