Themed "Working together - combating plant disease through collaboration", the Dieback Working Group's 17th annual DIG Conference will focus on how we can collaborate effectively to manage significant plant pathogens impacting our native flora. Community, industry, government and academia will come together to determine the way forward. Join us to hear new research and to make a difference. Register 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. Click here for more information and to register.
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. Registrations are now open. If you are a scientist, practitioner, manager, or policy maker and are actively involved in and/or affected by all aspects of ecosystem restoration, you do not want to miss this conference! Individuals interested in restoration planning and management activities such as setting goals, objectives, and performance standards by which to measure success should be sure to attend. Register here.
The NSW Adaptation Hub’s Biodiversity Node, led by Macquarie University and the Office of Environment & Heritage, is hosting six events in Sydney, Parramatta, Bathurst, Armidale, Wollongong and Queanbeyan. Each event will focus on adaptation planning for species and ecosystems and will present the latest research, new initiatives, methods, case studies and web tools to support adaptation planning for species and ecosystems in your local region. Natural resource managers, decision-makers, adaptation practitioners, planners, scientists and conservation practitioners are invited. Come and engage with leading biodiversity adaptation researchers and other practitioners from across NSW! Registration is free. Click here for more information and to register.
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.