This forum will explore a wide range of issues relating to the challenges and benefits of Citizen Science (CS) in biodiversity conservation. Presentations will be 15-20 minutes duration, with a panel Q&A session at the end of each thematic segment.
A one day symposium of natural and cultural environmental themed talks about what we know from 50 years experience of Black Mountain and how that knowledge might inform its use and security over the next 50 years. Guided walks on Black Mountain will also be available. Register here. Program available here.
The Weed Society of New South Wales Inc., on behalf of the Council of Australasian Weed Societies Inc., will be hosting the 21st Australasian Weeds Conference in the popular Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. This biennial conference carries on a long tradition of bringing the weed management community together to discuss new developments and share information about cutting-edge and best weed management practices. The conference attracts over 250 delegates from across Australasia and globally. Delegates will come together to network with peers, engage with industry sponsors, listen and participate in presentations and field trips on a variety of topics including: New technologies in weed management; Biological, mechanical, and chemical weed control and research; Herbicide resistance; Weeds of crops and pastures; Environmental weeds and Weeds of National Significance. Abstracts close and registrations open 1 February 2018. Read more here.
Expressions of interests: Big Scrub Rainforest Pre-Conference Field Trip for SERA2018 – 22-23 September 2018, Lismore to Brisbane, or 19-26 September 2018, Sydney to Lismore
AABR is collaborating with the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) and Big Scrub Landcare (BSL) on a very special field trip to northern NSW to look at the progress being made in rainforest restoration in the ‘Big Scrub’ landscape near Lismore. This will be a major field trip where key participants in the program will be taking stock of progress to date and sharing their experience gained from decades of experience. Register your interest here.
The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) is pleased to present the 2018 conference ‘Striving for Restoration Excellence’ to be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Early-bird registrations are now open! Register now to save. Early-bird registrations close 27 July. If you are interested in restoration planning and management or want to ensure restoration really makes a difference then this is the conference not to be missed.
This trip to Norfolk Island will explore the plants and forests of the island with the foremost authority on the flora of this remote island. Daily walks in the forest will be complemented with lectures on the flora, with particular reference to its origins and conservation. With Dr Kevin Mills Botanist and Vegetation Ecologist, local Norfolk Island flora expert Margaret Christian, and Derek Ball, CEO Wildmob Wilderness Conservation & Chair of Island Arks Australia. The rainforest on Norfolk Island is unique; neither the endemic species nor the combination of plant and animal species found on Norfolk occur anywhere else in the world. The isolation of the island in the middle of a large ocean, the subtropical latitude and the geographic location between Australia, New Zealand and the tropical islands to the north, were paramount in determining the character of the rainforest that was to evolve on Norfolk Island and that we see today. Like many islands, endemism is high, endemic plants accounting for about 24 percent of the total indigenous flora. Read more.
ESA18 will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre (RICC) in Brisbane. Located at the interface between temperate and tropical Australia, the Brisbane region hosts an enormous range of habitats. More than 400 bird species have been observed in the Brisbane area, and conference trips will treat attendees to a smorgasbord of biodiversity as well as picture-postcard landscapes ranging from majestic rainforest to idyllic islands. There will be an opportunity to participate in early morning nature walks prior the start of the conference each day. The theme is 'Ecology in the Anthropocene', reflecting the era of great tribulation and yet great opportunity in which we live. Working out how people and nature can coexist on planet Earth is surely the grandest of all society’s challenges, and the conference will explore how natural ecosystems function, how human activity has impacted them, and what can be done to reverse the biodiversity crisis. Call for Abstracts close 20 July 2018. Early-bird registration closes 14 September 2018.
ASBS 2018 will be held at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Toowong, right next to the Queensland Herbarium. The theme of the conference, ‘Mind the Gap’, aims to highlight gaps in systematics be they biogeographic, taxonomic, funding, data or other. The conference will start with a workshop on how to review and write taxonomic manuscripts and eFlora profiles, followed by three days of symposia covering a wide range of topics including the discovery, evolution, and conservation of our threatened flora and fungi, the advancement of genomic tools in our discipline and how best to engage with traditional owners on biodiversity projects. Presentations will be a mix of oral presentations and lightning talk sessions for the posters. The conference will finish with a fieldtrip to Springbrook. Registration and Abstracts are now open! Early bird registration and Abstracts closes 15 September 2018. Click here for more information and to register.