In light of public health advice on the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are unfortunately postponing the Nature Conservation Council of NSW’s Bushfire Conference scheduled for the 19-20th May 2020 at the NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre in Sydney until next May 2021 (date to be confirmed). We have made this decision for the safety of our delegates and to assist in safeguarding the wider community. The rationale for deferral to May 2021 is primarily due to the uncertainty about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 and the potential for bushfires to cause disruption to presenters and delegates during the 2020-21 fire season. We recognise that many people were anticipating that this “Cool, warm, hot: the burning questions” conference would provide an important opportunity to discuss and learn at first hand ways to better understand and manage the effects of fire in our cherished environment, particularly after the recent devastating fire season. The conference will still act as a valuable platform, with additional time for recovery, reflection and learnings from the fires to be shared in May 2021. Click here for more information.
The National Landcare Conference Steering Committee have been monitoring the ongoing global pandemic and the situation in Victoria and NSW, and the impact it may have on the proposed 2021 National Landcare Conference scheduled for March. With the current health and government regulations, the venue has advised that an event in March could host up to 185 people. The National Landcare Conference Steering Committee (members are made up of representatives of the Australian Government, the National Landcare Network, Landcare NSW, LLS and Landcare Australia) have agreed to postpone the 2021 National Landcare Conference date to mid-2021 to ensure that we can provide individuals, organisations and groups involved in Landcare, the best possible opportunity to attend the event in person.The new conference date will be held during 2021 Landcare Week – Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 August, 2021. Click here for more information.
- Seed biology and evolutionary ecology – Unlocking the challenges of germination, dormancy and seed ecology in a changing world.
- Seed sourcing and end-use – Considering genetic diversity, restoration and translocations as well as sector specific approaches to seed conservation and use.
- Seed and gene bank management – The ins and outs of managing ex situ seed banks and gene banks and the methods for maximising seed quality and longevity.
- Seeds in culture and society – Sharing stories and learning about cultural seed use, including collaborations between traditional use and ex situ seed banks and gene banks.
Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)’s Global Botanic Garden Congress is the only global congress dedicated to botanic gardens and is a key event in the calendar for botanic garden leaders and staff. It is an opportunity for the botanic garden community to come together and share information and experiences. Held every three or four years the Congress includes internationally renown plenary speakers and sessions covering topics relevant to botanic gardens such as policy, education, governance, conservation and research. Click here for more information.
The Weed Management Society of South Australia (WMSSA) with the support of Council of Australasian Weeds Societies Inc. (CAWS) have decided to postpone the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference (22AWC) due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. The WMSSA and CAWS look forward to co-hosting the event next year and are excited to announce a new date at our venue Adelaide Oval on 10-13 October 2021. We are now looking forward with optimism to 2021. By delaying the event, we will progress with confidence in our ability to host the conference that everyone knows and loves at a time when society is more positive and secure (note that we will also continue to monitor all advice from the Australian Government and heed their future directive). Click here for more information.
The first International Plant Translocation Conference (IPTC) scheduled for 22-25 February 2021 in Rome has been postponed to 2022. The change of date is due to uncertainties related to the Coronavirus outbreak. The conference will be a unique occasion for conservation biologists from around the world to share their experiences, successes and misfortunes in restoring threatened plant species. Read more.