Botanic art exhibition – threatened and endangered species - Canberra, 17 March – 15 April 2018, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily

An enthralling exhibition of botanical art by the Friends of the Gardens Botanic Art Group. Featuring numerous threatened and endangered species, the exhibition highlights the diverse nature of Australia’s flora.

Fenner Conference on the Environment: Urban Sustainability and Conservation - Canberra, 4-6 April 2018

Cities are increasingly recognised for the critical role they play in biodiversity conservation, environmental stewardship and global sustainability. Recent evidence indicates that 30% of Australia’s threatened plant and animal species live in urban areas, highlighting the urgent need for cities to be explicitly incorporated into national conservation policies and initiatives. Appropriate and sustainable approaches to the development and management of urban environments are pivotal to our planet’s future. Bridging the gap between research and implementation will be required to achieve evidence-based solutions for urban sustainability and conservation. This conference presents an opportunity for researchers, industry partners and policy makers from the fields of urban sustainability and conservation to meet and co-create a roadmap through which Australia can be a global leader in this space. Early-bird registration closes 2 March. Read more here.

Flora Symposium: Challenges Facing Sustainability of Plants in WA – 12:30pm – 4pm Saturday 7 April 2018

This symposium will discuss the current West Australian-based research in plant science and conservation biology, traditional uses of plants, and environmental issues that challenge our future. This event will be presented by eminent Western Australian speakers. Read more here.

2018 Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference - Sydney, 17-20 April 2018

The conference will bring together a diverse range of coastal and estuarine wetland researchers, policy makers, academics, students, consultants, local government wetland managers, community advocates, citizen scientists and traditional owners of the lands to share the latest information and 'on ground' experiences. We invite abstracts dealing with either research or management (or a combination of both) of coastal wetlands. We are especially interested in hearing from those from local government who have valuable experience to share in the practical aspects of wetland management. Whether it is high impact academic research, assessment of rehabilitation projects, species specific studies or the initiation of citizen science based monitoring programs, there could be a place for you in our scientific program. With a theme of 'Mangroves and saltmarsh - the urban survivors', we're particularly interested in those working at the interface of our cities and coastal wetlands. Read more here.

2018 Australasian Network for Ecology and Transportation (ANET) Conference - Creswick, Victoria, 30 April - 2 May 2018

The theme for the conference is Connecting Nature, Connecting People, and we are busy creating a program that will be of immense value to delegates from government, industry, research and community groups.  The program will include the latest findings in environmentally-sensitive linear infrastructure research and practice from around the world, as well as ample opportunity for networking and creating collaborations. Read more here.

6th South Australian Weeds Conference - Adelaide, 2-3 May 2018

Registrations are now OPEN for the 6th South Australian Weeds Conference to be held at the Waite Campus, Adelaide.The 6th South Australian Weeds Conference is a fantastic opportunity to network and catch up with old and new colleagues in the NRM sphere. Come and share in the latest knowledge and experiences on weeds and weed management, across a range of land uses from agriculture to conservation, and across a variety of regions in South Australia. Click here to register, registrations are due by Monday 23 April 2018. Call for abstracts closes Friday 23 February 2018. Continuing on from the previous five successful biennial state weeds conferences, the Weed Management Society of South Australia would like to invite speakers interested in weeds, weed management and weed research to submit abstracts. Click here for the Call for Abstracts form. For more information, visit the conference website here.

Conference: Conservation in Action - Research to Reality – 15-17 May, Bathurst, NSW 

From scientists to policy makers, program managers through to specialists in implementing works in the field, this event will pull together all disciplines of natural resource management to demonstrate how we're turning Research into Reality. The conference program boasts a full two days of presentations from leaders in their respective fields, and a series of practical workshops. Sessions will pull together research findings through to case studies and will demonstrate all of the policies, programs and plans in between that enable environmental practitioners to implement best management practice on the ground.

Plant Biosecurity CRC National Science Exchange 2018 – 29 – 31 May 2018, Melbourne

 The National Science Exchange 2018 hosted by Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (PBCRC) will focus on biosecurity built on science for agriculture and the environment. The three day conference will include a variety of plenary sessions, presentations from research teams, and open discussions and networking on plant biosecurity issues encompassing biosecurity research, policies, operations and management.

Society for Conservation Biology 5th Oceania Congress – Wellington, New Zealand, 3-5 July 2018

Hosted by the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) and Victoria University of Wellington, the meeting will bring together the community of conservation professionals to address conservation challenges and present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. Scientists, students, managers, decision-makers, writers, and other conservation professionals are invited to participate in this event.Early bird registration closes 13 April 2018.

Forum: Citizen Science - Challenges & Benefits for Biodiversity Conservation – 11 August 2018, Brisbane 

The 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.
Abstracts (up to 500 words) are due 6th April 2018.

Black Mountain Symposium 2018 – 24-25 August 2018, Canberra

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.

21st Australasian Weeds Conference - Manly, Sydney, 9-12 September 2018

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.

SER Australasia Conference 2018 - Brisbane, 25-28 September 2018

The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) is pleased to announce the 2018 conference ‘Striving for Restoration Excellence’ to be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. SERA is a collaborative effort. If you are a scientist, practitioner, manager, policy maker, planner or someone who cares about our bush, seas and waterways you do not want to miss this conference!  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. The proposed themes for SERA 2018 are focused around four pillars: Principles & Practice – doing it right in restoration; Biomes - rainforests, woodlandsgrasslands, seagrasses and beyond; Impact – making a change; Specialist Disciplines – seed technologies, provenance, marine restoration and more. Session Proposals are now open - sessions are 90-minutes with a 15-minute introduction, followed by five 15-minute presentations that form a cohesive theme. Session proposals can be submitted here.

Norfolk Island Flora Week - 28 September - 6 October 2018

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.

Ecological Society of Australia 2018 Conference - 25 - 29 November 2018

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.