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Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People & Practice

University of Queensland, St Lucia, Brisbane
28 - 30 September 2016

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

Ten Weeks to Go Until Bushfire 2016

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. 

Earlybird Registration Ending Soon

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 Mug Fundraiser

Why not take back to your office or home a one off "Bushfire 2016 Coffee Mug". Remember to purchase when you are registering. Its under $10.

Bushfire 2016 Coffee Mug
Pick up at the Conference registration desk. Fundraiser for SEQFBC. 
Front Bushfire 2016 Image, Back SEQFBC Image


Bushfire 2016 Program Highlights

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. 


Big Thanks to our Sponsors 

We 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.
Gold Sponsors
Fireland Consultancy;
SEQ Catchments; and
The University of Queensland;
Silver Sponsors
GHD (sponsoring Indigenous presenter travel grants);
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services; and
Terrestrial Ecological Research Network.
Bronze Sponsors
Ecological Society of Australia;
Powerlink Queensland; and
The School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne.
Trade Display Sponsors
Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council;
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC; and
Quick Corp Fire Engineering.
Satchel Insert Sponsors
CSIRO Publishing.
Promotional Sponsors
International Association of Wildland Fire; and
NRM Jobs.

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the International Association of Wildland Fire support and promote Bushfire 2016.

Excerpt from TERN 2016 Winter Newsletter:

TERN to showcase fire research and management infrastructure at Bushfire16

TERN’s diverse research infrastructure and open data continues to be used by our nationally networked science and management partners to advance our understanding of fire and fire management in this country, now and in the future.

TERN infrastructure and open data are facilitating:
  • improved bushfire behaviour models and helping better manage future fire crises;
  • open data on past and forecast projections of severe fire danger across large parts of south-eastern Australia;
  • new science on prescribed burning targets in Australia and the effects of fuel reduction burns on soil greenhouse gas exchange;
  • the mapping bushfires, their impacts and future hazards;
  • ecologically appropriate and economically viable fire management in the Top End;
  • the provision of more accurate, up-to-date information about the environmental variables that influence fire risk;
  • improved ability for the community to remotely-track fires near and far;
  • and many more practical fire research and management applications.
Today, we’re pleased to announce that many of these TERN facilitated projects and activities will be showcased at the upcoming Bushfire16 conference.

TERN will be sponsoring this national bushfire conference, which will be held on 28-30 September at the University of Queensland. Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Bushfire 2016 aims to connect fire scientists, ecologists and students with on-ground fire operators, public land managers, land managers, utility operators, planners and other fire and environmental professionals.

Our collaborations and partnerships director, associate professor Nikki Thurgate, will be presenting on the suite of fire related datasets collected and published by TERN and its partners and the use of this information for the effective management of fire. 

Building on this overview, TERN associated researcher, Stefan Maier of Maitec, will be presenting on the next generation of TERN fire remote sensing datasets and how they are capturing and quantifying fire characteristics including: ecological impact, fuel consumed, severity, patchiness and greenhouse gases released. Stefan’s presentation will introduce TERN’s remotely sensed datasets and explain their relation to field measures and discuss accuracies, advantages and limitations.

In addition to these presentations, many TERN associated researchers will be on hand to answer questions and show how you can use our open infrastructure and data to facilitate your research.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there…


International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) support and promote Bushfire 2016

IAWF are supporting and promoting Bushfire 2016 through their website and in the Wildfire Magazine (May/June 2016).




Key dates

  • Call for Abstracts – 15 March;
  • Early bird registration opens – 21 March;
  • Call for Abstracts closes – NOW Extended 14 June (was 23 May);
  • Notification to presenters – end of June;
  • Early bird registration closes – 29 July.