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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Australian Citizen Science Conference 2015

The Shine Dome, Canberra 23-24 July 2015

Citizen Science is a partnership between individuals and scientists for investigating pressing questions about the world. The purpose of this conference is bring together the Australian Citizen Science community to share skills and ideas and encourage collaboration. Australian practitioners will lead interactive workshops with internationally recognised experts, highlighting good practice for creating and delivering successful Citizen Science projects. Anyone involved in Citizen Science is welcome to join in – it’s an opportunity to share your experiences, insights, questions and ideas.

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Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC2015)

Melbourne Convention Centre, Victoria, 7-9 September 2015

The Agricultural Bioscience International Conference 2015 is the premier global meeting, which promotes innovation in bioscience to ensure sustainable food, feed, fibre and fuel security as the climate changes.

This year’s animal bioscience program will explore the complexities of interacions between microbes and animals and the application of new technologies to the improvement of productivity, health and reproductive performance. The plant bioscience program will explore the complexities of interactions between microbes and plants and the application of new technologies to the advancement of crop yields and farm productivity. Lead researchers from organisations that are challenging our understanding of agricultural biotechnology will tackle the constraints to innovation and commercialisation.

Registration is now open. Early-bird discounts close on 29th May 2015.

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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.

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2015 Australasian Wildlife Management Society Annual Conference (AWMS2015)

Mercure Hotel, Perth WA. 23-26 November, 2015

The major theme of the conference is Wildlife Management in a Changing Environment: Australia’s environment is dynamic, and therefore our tools and approaches to wildlife management necessarily have to adapt to our changing environment. Climatic, biological, and social challenges need to be met to ensure the future of our fauna.

There are a number of possible symposia under this theme:

  • Wildlife management & extraction industries
  • From management to stewardship
  • Engineering ecosystems
  • Fence it out/Fence it in
  • Canid management in complex systems – tools, techniques, and tensions
  • Feral cats – a new dawn
  • Wildlife management education and engagement
  • Remote surveillance

Call for abstracts is now open and closes on 31st August.

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Species on the Move 2016: Detection, impacts, prediction and adaptation

Hobart, Tasmania. 9-12 February 2016

The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, creating significant current and future challenges for biodiversity conservation, natural resource management and food production systems. Additionally, the pervasiveness of species range shifts provides us with unique opportunities to advance our understanding of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.

Species on the Move is an international and interdisciplinary conference of interest to scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made within independent research areas: e.g. understanding the processes vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference will develop connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales. Species on the Move aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from the latest research in climate change ecology. Selected presentations and workshop outputs from the conference will have the opportunity to be considered for a virtual special issue in the prestigious Global Change Biology journal.

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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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