Keynote Speakers

We are very pleased to announce that Bushfire 2016 will feature internationally recognised keynote speakers:

Professor Ross Bradstock

Director - Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong

Professor Ross Bradstock is a leading, widely cited researcher in fire ecology with over 150 journal papers and book chapters and 6 books on fire ecology, biodiversity and management, plus more than thirty major scientific reports and policy documents. Recent invited research collaborations include Australian Government (Department of climate Change and Energy Efficiency) and NCCARF reviews on impact of climate change on fire regimes, fuels, biodiversity and fire management (2008-2012), ARC Network for Vegetation Function Working Groups (2007-2010), USGS Natural Hazards Program (2009-2013), ACEAS Pyrogeography Working Group on fire and climate change (2011-12), NCEAS working group on evolutionary ecology of fire. Recent invited international conference presentations include, INTECOL (2009), AGU (2010), MEDECOS (2011), EGU (2012), ICFBR (2015). He leads a multi-disciplinary research team that is dedicated to the development of a quantitative understanding of risks posed by landscape fires to multiple values and the way such risks may be altered through cost-effective management and global change. Major funding sources for his team and other collaborations include ARC, NSW Environmental Trusts, NSW Government, CSIRO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, USGS and the European Union. For further information:

Dr Neil Burrows

Senior Principal Research Scientist - Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia

Since graduating from ANU in 1977, Dr Burrows (Neil) has worked as an applied bushfire scientist, fire policy and fire management advisor, and science director with the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife and its predecessors. His diverse research themes include fire behaviour and fire ecology in a range of ecosystems including eucalypt forests, woodlands and softwood plantations in south-west Western Australia and spinifex grasslands in the Western Desert. In 1994, he completed a PhD on modelling the behaviour and some impacts of fire in jarrah forests. Neil also has experience in fire management planning and prescribed burning, and during summer, participates in bushfire suppression as part of a pre-formed Incident Management Team. He is an experienced bushfire investigator and assists with incident reviews, inquiries and legal processes following significant bushfires. Neil is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science, at the University of Western Australia. For further information visit:

Associate Professor Alan York

Head - Fire & Biodiversity Research Program, University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Alan York (Alan) leads the Fire Ecology and Biodiversity research program within the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences at the University of Melbourne.  His research group, based at Creswick, is currently investigating how fire causes patterns in the landscape, and how plants and animals respond to these patterns.  They are researching how land managers might use planned fire to develop mosaics of post-fire age classes in space and time, and how biodiversity responds to these mosaics.  Alan has been involved in applied fire ecology research for over 30 years; working primarily in universities and State research agencies in NSW and Victoria.  His research interests are varied, but he has a particular interest in the ecology and conservation of insects and other invertebrates, and their roles in nutrient cycling and ecosystem function. For further information please visit: or