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.
With a focus on applied fire ecology, fire management research, Traditional Owner fire projects and collaborative fire programs, we aim to showcase successful partnerships that translate science into practice for beneficial onground fire management and environmental outcomes, whilst supporting land owners, land managers and scientists. Bushfire 2016 is a chance to engage and network with Australia’s best fire scientists and onground managers – an opportunity to learn something new about fire and build invaluable partnerships.
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. With further events and field trips to be announced we encourage you to join our mailing list to ensure you receive updates and alerts. Places are limited and based on enquiries to date we expect to see a great deal of interest when registrations open soon.
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.
Bushfire 2016 Coffee Mug
Pick up at the Conference registration desk. Fundraiser for SEQFBC.
Front Bushfire 2016 Image, Back SEQFBC Image
We are very pleased to announce the Opening Address on the 28th will be delivered by Professor Hugh Possingham (School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland) and on the 29th by Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing, Emergency Services Volunteers, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. We are also able to give you a sneak peak 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” and Associate Professor Alan York (Head - Fire and Biodiversity Research Program, University of Melbourne) and his talk "Fire, Landscape Pattern and Biodiversity ".
We’ve had an overwhelming response to the call for abstracts and in an effort to include as many presentations as possible, we have expanded the program to three concurrent sessions, which means you will have over 70 talks to choose from (good luck, they are all very good) in ten different themed sessions across the two days. We have a final draft of the Program Overview available now and we will have the Full Program available by the 1st of August and we will feature that in an e news alert to ensure no one misses out.