A decade after the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium) hosted the very successful 2006 Bushfire Conference “Life in a fire-prone environment: Translating science into practice”, we are thrilled to announce that this year we are hosting
“Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice”.

Set to be the premier bushfire event of 2016, this national conference will be held on 28th to the 30th of September, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. We are very pleased to announce that it will feature internationally recognised keynote speakers:

  • Professor Ross Bradstock
    Director - Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong;
  • Dr Neil Burrows
    Senior Principal Research Scientist - Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia; and;
  • Associate Professor Alan York
    Head - Fire & Biodiversity Research Program, University of Melbourne.

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, subscribe by entering your details on the right or  

The abstracts have been grouped into ten key themes, these are:

  • Fire & Risk (full day);
  • Cultural Burning and Traditional Custodian Fire Practices (full day);
  • Engaging with Community for Improved Fire Management Outcomes (half day);
  • Fire Ecology (half day);
  • Maps, Models and Planning for Improved Fire Management (half day);
  • Fire and Land Management (half day);
  • Fire, Soils and Climate Change (half day);
  • Fire Management for Linear Infrastructure (half day); 
  • Fire, Threatened Species and Conservation (half day); and
  • Fires in the Past – Essential Knowledge for Management (half day).
See the program here:

Who Should Attend?

As the oldest collaborative organisation of its kind in Australia, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium has an extensive network of sponsors, contributors and supporters, both in SEQ and interstate. This includes over 800 people on our e news list, over 40 members in our Research Working Group and regular over-subscription to our very successful biannual forum series (i.e. one-day mini conference). We have extensive experience and expertise in organising such events and are excited about the calibre of speakers and supporting organisations involved in Bushfire 2016.

As such, and based on interested to date, we expect to attract delegates from across Queensland and the nation. We are confident that we will see representatives from a wide range of institutions, organisations and groups, including (but not limited to):

  • researchers, academics, and students;
  • local and state governments;
  • fire management agencies;
  • emergency service bodies;
  • infrastructure and utility companies;
  • natural resource management bodies;
  • Traditional Owner groups;
  • land holders;
  • conservation groups and
  • private consultants.