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Your events page for upcoming fire & biodiversity related events 

Let us know about your event! Email Craig (craig.w@hlw.org.au) to list your event here. 

COVID19 - please ensure you click on the Event links to keep up to date with up to date information about any changes to events due to COVID19

10, 17, 24 November 2020

2020 Fire Science Seminar Series (formally Fire Science Forum) - Virtual


We are excited to be now offering the 2020 Forum Program as an virtual Fire Science Seminar Series (formally Fire Science Forum 2020)
Facing Fire in a Changing Climate
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Fire Science Forum, will now be delivered as an online seminar series in November 2020 (Program Overview below). If you currently hold a ticket it remains valid and you will receive an email shortly with instructions. To purchase tickets, please register your interest by emailing us: craig.w@hlw.org.au. Our Eventbrite site will be up and running soon.

21, 22, 23, 24 September 2020

Bushfire Hub contributions to the NSW Bushfire Inquiry 2020


The NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub  
is coordinating a webinar series presenting research projects undertaken by the Hub to assist the NSW Bushfire Inquiry. The Hub supported the inquiry by providing analysis, technical and scientific advice and recommendations to ensure the inquiry has actionable, evidence based and rigorous information. The themed webinar details are as follows:

  • Theme 1: Weather, fuel and dryness: how unusual was the 2019-20 fire season? Monday 21 September, 12.30 pm AEST, one-hour duration
  • Theme 2: Fire severity, fire spread and lessons learned from the 2019-2020 fire season. Tuesday 22 September, 12.30 pm AEST, one-hour duration
  • Theme 3a: People and Country: Human impacts of bushfire and the benefits of Indigenous cultural burning. Wednesday 23 September, 10.30 am AEST, 75 minutes duration
  • Theme 3b: Impacts of the 2019/20 fires on vegetation communities and threatened species. Thursday 24 September, 12.30 pm AEST, one-hour duration
  • Theme 4: Options for bushfire risk mitigation in the future. Friday 25 September, 2.30 pm AEST, one-hour duration

23 September 2020

IFA/AFG Webinar: Bushfire Inquiry & Preparing for the Coming Season


Gary Morgan AM AFSM will join us for a brief round-up of the various findings and recommendations which have been released by State-level inquiries and the Royal Commission into the 2019-20 Bushfires. Gary will share his reflections on the findings from inquiries into this bushfire season, and how they compare to inquiry findings after past seasons. The webinar will then focus on preparation, particularly in light of the NSW Inquiry finding that our land requires an increase in prescribed burning. 
Dr Lachie McCaw will the present from his significant knowledge and experience into how to introduce prescribed burning into a landscape and also as a private forest grower, provide guidance to other private growers on Preparing your forest for fire season.
Register here: IFA/AFG Webinar: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=653874&

23, 24, and 25 June 2020

Virtual Fire Forum 2020 - Applying Fire Science for a Brighter Future


This IFA/AFG’s Virtual Fire Forum is designed to unpackage the latest forest fire science and best practice forest fire management.  The Forum will discuss how we can adapt and respond to the challenges of a changing climate as well as catastrophic bushfires, in order to move towards a brighter future for Australians, our flora and fauna and our forests.  
Session One: Review of the 2019/2020 fire season
Tuesday 23 June 10:30am– 12:00pm AEST
Session Chair: Bob Gordon
 Introduction and summary of the fire season, Honorary Associate Professor Kevin Tolhurst AM
Case Study: Victoria and NSW Plantations impacted by fire, Ruth Ryan & Tim McGuffog
Case Study: Kangaroo Island, SA,Gary Featherston
Case Study: Queensland, Craig Welden (QFBC)
Case Study: Recovery in NSW, Euan Ferguson

Session Two: Emerging technologies & science to support fire management
Wednesday 24 June, 10:30am - 12:00pm AEST
Session Chair: Michelle Freeman
Fire Danger Rating System, Stuart Matthews
Emerging technologies, Peter Woodgate & Eva Rodriguez
Application of recent technologies in supporting fire management, Andy Ackland
Remote fire detection, Stefan Peters
Use of IT to best determine travel time to fires, Owen Salkin

Session Three: What can land and fire managers do in working towards meeting the national policy’s strategic objectives?
Thursday 25 June 10:30am – 12:00pm AEST
Session Chair: Neil Cooper
Effectively Managing the Land with Fire, Kevin Tolhurst
Involved and Capable Communities, Geoff Morris
Strong Land, Fire and Emergency Partnerships and Capability, Craig Welden (QFBC)
Actively and Adaptively Managing Risk, Rob Caddell
For more information about the speakers, their biographies are listed below.


15-17 September 2020

France and Australia Bushfire Science Workshop

Virtual workshop

by Pau Costa Foundation 

The workshop will provide Australian and French researchers with a forum to share, discuss and anticipate research relevant to bushfire and other natural hazard emergencies with key research users including emergency service and government agencies.

The workshop aims to build upon the strong interest in Australia and internationally in bushfire response following the unprecedented 2019-20 Australian bushfire season. Current and future collaborators in bushfire and hazard research will gain a consolidated and greater appreciation of where joint activity is needed to better prepare for, support and respond to expected and emerging challenges.

The workshop program will be held over three days at a time suitable to participants in both France and Australia. Panel discussions will be led by researchers, government and agency representatives, and policy makers from both countries, with opportunities for workshop participants to ask questions.

Read more: https://lessonsonfire.eu/en/event/france-and-australia-bushfire-science-workshop

1-2 October 2020 (click on the event link to ensure the event has not been postponed due to COVID19)

Disaster & Emergency Management Conference 2020

Gold Coast

The 2020 Australian & New Zealand Disaster & Emergency Management Conference is a platform to connect and share insight on planning, operations and strategy in your sector of emergency management and community safety.

20-23 October 2020

Fire Across Boundaries - Connecting Science and Management

Florence, Italy

Together with Pau Costa Foundation, Regione Toscana, and University of Florence, we are proceeding with plans for the Fire Ecology Across Boundaries: Connecting Science and Management Conference and developing contingency plans as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation. We have extended the dates for accepting abstracts for the Call for Proposals and for opening registration. We are also working on options to participate in the conference virtually should that be needed. In the meantime, we'd love to see your abstracts and proposals coming in so we can continue working on the program! 
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