Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice (Bushfire 2016) is a national bushfire conference to be held on 28 - 30th September, at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, Brisbane. Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium), Bushfire 2016 will be an engaging, informative and inspiring conference squarely aimed at connecting fire scientists, ecologists and students with onground fire operators, public land managers, land managers (e.g. natural resources, weed/pest, biodiversity), utility operators, planners and other fire and environmental professionals.
Bushfire 2016 offers two days of concurrent sessions set in the beautiful grounds of the University of Queensland, with a catered poster session on the Wednesday evening, an informal dinner on the Thursday night and field trips to beautiful North Stradbroke Island and the Sunshine Coast on the Friday. We encourage you to join our mailing list to ensure you receive updates and alerts (visit: www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au).
We look forward to seeing you there!
Bushfire 2016 Organising Committee
Sam, Craig and the Bushfire 2016 Organising Committee would like to say a huge thank you to all the sponsors of Bushfire 2016 and everyone who has submitted an abstract, registered and helped in other ways to date. We have had enormous support for Bushfire 2016 with 15 sponsors (outlined below), over 70 abstracts submitted (some featured below), ten themed sessions across the two days – including presentations from AFAC, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy, Bush Heritage Trust, Northern Territory Central Lands Council, Bunya Murri Rangers, Minumai Land Holding Aboriginal Corporation, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Firesticks, NSW Nature Conservation Council, Wollongong University, Queensland University, Griffith University, Southern Cross University, Melbourne University, Charles Darwin University, University of New England, TERN, NRM regional bodies, state fire agencies, local government, government departments and private consultants.
If you have not already registered, please ensure you do so asap. Our Earlybird Registration fees are very reasonable, but they will end on the 29th of July and thereafter we will have a higher rate, as outlined below. It I also important to be aware we have to cap numbers due to the size of the plenary lecture theatre – so again, be sure to register asap to avoid missing out.
We are very pleased to announce the Opening Address of this National Conference will be delivered by Professor Hugh Possingham, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, on Wednesday the 28th, and by Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing, Emergency Services Volunteers, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on Thursday the 29th. We are also able to give you a sneak peek at the keynote presentations from Professor Ross Bradstock (Director, Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong) who has entitled his presentation “A tale (mostly) of one city: toward a comprehensive understanding of bushfire risks, present and future”, Associate Professor Alan York (Head of the Fire and Biodiversity Research Program, University of Melbourne) and his talk "Fire, Landscape Pattern and Biodiversity ", and Dr Neil Burrows, (Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia) and his talk "Managing bushfire in the new millennium".
As a result of an overwhelming response to the call for abstracts, we have expanded the program to three concurrent sessions. There are now over 70 presentations to choose from (good luck, they are all very good) in ten themed sessions across the two days. The Program Overview is available now.
There will be an opportunity to catch up with other delegates at the trade displays and poster session on Wednesday night and over a casual dinner at the University on Thursday night. Remember if you would like to come to the dinner, you need to purchase a ticket when you register. Like our registration fees, it is very reasonable to attend and there will be music, great food and lots of opportunity to meet and network with attendees.
We are offering two great field trips on Friday 30th September, to: (1) North Stradbroke Island and (2) the Sunshine Coast - where you will be guided by local experts looking at fire management, research projects and the impact of fire on various vegetation types while touring some beautiful parts of southern Queensland.
The Full Program will be available soon and will be featured in an E-news alert.
Big Thanks to our SponsorsWe are thrilled to announce the following sponsors and extend a huge thank you to them all for supporting and partnering with us to make Bushfire 2016 a terrific event.