3rd Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference - Hobart, 21-24 March 2017

'Coastal frontiers: saltmarsh and mangroves'
CSIRO and the University of Tasmania are proud to host the 3rd Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference (AMSN). The conference brings together researchers, industry, community and environmental consultants to discuss the latest science and management for saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems. The conference involves two days of presentation with the following broad themes: The first line of defence in global change – saltmarshes and mangroves; and Working with nature: science and community management of our coastal wetlands for healthy waterways.

 

Rainforests of Subtropical Australia - A Symposium of Science and Practice - Robina (Gold Coast), QLD, 23 to 24 March 2017

It has been a decade since the last major rainforest conference in eastern Australia, and ROSA promises to bring the very latest in subtropical rainforest science and restoration practice to you in one exciting event! Special guest speakers include some of Australia's leading rainforest experts such as Tim Low, Prof Roger Kitching AM, Prof Carla Catterall and Prof Ralf Buckley among many others. Thematic presentations will fall into 4 streams – rainforest restoration, values, threatened species and climate change. In addition, ROSA will redefine the sometimes fraught relationship between fire and rainforest in a dynamic Q&A style discussion with 6 amazing panellists. ROSA is designed for anyone managing and conserving subtropical rainforest communities, and includes over 30 presenters that are leaders in their respective fields. To be held at Robina Community Centre & Auditorium, Gold Coast. Register here.

 

South East Queensland Fire & Biodiversity Consortium 2017 Autumn Forum - Brisbane, 20 April 2017

To be held at Mt Coot-Tha Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-Tha Rd, Toowong, QLD. Speakers and topics include: Key Note - Dr Elizabeth Tasker NSW NPWS 'Vegetation change over four decades associated with reduced fire frequency in Border Ranges: loss of grassy forests and associated decline of the endangered Eastern Bristlebird'; Susie Fifoot (PhD Candidate UQ) 'Multiple objectives, multiple tenures: How can we better integrate fire management across SE Qld’s fragmented landscapes'; SEQFBC Scholarship Students: Orpheus Butler (PhD candidate Griffith University) 'Fire, carbon/nitrogen cycling within soils'; and Brooke Williams (UQ Honours Student) and Prof Kerrie Wilson (Supervisor from UQ) 'Fire for Biodiversity Conservation & Asset Protection'. Register here.

 

17th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference - Canberra, 1 - 4 May 2017

The need for innovative and evidence based approaches to vertebrate pest animal management is imperative for providing solutions for Australian farmers, land managers, industry and government. Innovative solutions come in many shapes and sizes. Since 2014 the first new wild dog and fox toxin bait in 50 years has been developed as well as new cutting-edge DNA detection tools to efficiently identify invasive predators and fish. Scientists and ecologists are also on track to release the first new rabbit biocontrol agent in 20 years and Australia’s first carp biocontrol agent. These innovative solutions are providing practical technologies to improve Australian agriculture, biodiversity and build our economy. With at least 81 introduced vertebrate species having established populations in Australia – now is the time for action. Click here for more information and to register.

 

International Plant Progagators' Society Australia region, 2017 Conference - Perth, 11 - 14 May 2017

'Propagating for Health, Wealth & Good Times'. Registration NOW OPEN. An essential event for anyone in the plant propagation industry.This 45th Annual Conference will be held at the Parmelia Hilton Perth CBD and includes Josh Byrne outlining his 2020 Vision, George Lullfitz on his propagation innovations, Julienne Zhu (Secretary General IPPS China) on the latest from the region, Ben Croxford - Nuts About Natives and his boutique tissue culture work, and Nigel Swartz on his native orchid work and the retail potential. Plus a full suite of technical and management subjects with nursery/ tourist visits. Pre-conference sunset coast/lobster tour 9-10 May.  Conference information and registration form available here.

 

NSW Nature Conservation Council 11th Biennial Bushfire Conference - Sydney, 30 May - 1 June 2017

'Fire, Fauna and Ferals: from backyards to bush'. The conference will explore how fire management can support ecological values across the landscape from our backyards through to the bushland interface and beyond. The program will examine the interactions between fire and fauna across a range of ecosystems; integrated approaches to managing fire, native fauna and flora, weeds and pest animals; on-ground fire and restoration projects and Aboriginal burning initiatives. There will also be a field day inspecting fire, restoration and fauna projects at North Head, Manly. Speakers will include: Justin Leonard from CSIRO - supporting community adaptation to fire; Alan York from University of Melbourne - managing fire for fauna conservation; Ross Bradstock from University of Wollongong - reimagining the APZ; Chris Dickman from Sydney University - fire and ferals. A draft program will be announced in late March including presentations from NSW Rural Fire Service, AFAC, NPWS, Councils, Aboriginal groups, contractors and environmental NGOs. Early Bird Discount rates are available on conference registrations until 31 March, 2017. Visit the conference webpage for further details