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Bushfire 2016


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

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.


6-7 July 2020

River Dialogue: Rivers On Fire


The second event in our Rivers on Fire series, this RiverDialogue gives participants the opportunity to hear more and delve deeper into the effects of fire on our rivers, catchments and their communities.
The program will run across two half days (9:00 – 13:00 AEST) and will bring together experts from government, industry, science and community with the aim to raise awareness and create a call for action to address the effects of fire on waterways and their surrounding communities. With so much happening in the world right now, RiverDialogue will bring this critical topic back into focus.


6 July – Impacts on People

  • Keynote Speaker – Prof Stuart Khan: Cities without water – How bushfires impact Australia’s drinking water supplies
  • Laura Gannon - Integrated catchment management approaches to flood, fire and environmental resilience
  • Oliver Costello Cultural Learning Pathways: Rivers and Fire
  • Prof William C. Dennison - Developing river resilience report cards to assess and build resilience capacity. 
  • Isobel Davis - How losing a family home to the 2019 bushfires changed a WASH expert’s perspective on rivers

7 July – Stream Health     

  • Keynote Speaker – Dr Rebecca Flitcroft Wildfire: Hitting the Aquatic Habitat Reset Button?
  • Prof Ross Thompson - Fire and water don’t mix: Time for a conversation on Australia’s Water Catchment
  • Dr Kathy Cinque -The mapping and modelling techniques that sustained Melbourne’s drinking water supplies in the 2011 bushfire crisis
  • Dr Grahame Douglas -Bushfire Weather and Designing for Bushfire Protection
  • Luke Pearce -Macca’s on Fire (Bushfire impacts on Macquarie Perch in Mannus Creek)
  • Gavin Rees -The effects of bushfire in the upper catchment of the Murray River

International River Foundation 

POSTPONED AFAC20 Connecting communities Creating resilience


Earlier in the year, the AFAC Conference team committed to making a firm decision in early May around whether AFAC20 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, scheduled for the 25th-28th August in Adelaide, would continue given the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following consultation with key stakeholders, the AFAC Conference Team has announced today that the conference will be postponed. This includes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC's Research Forum, which was to take place at the conference. 
"It is with deep regret that we announce that AFAC20 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will be postponed," said Stuart Ellis, CEO of AFAC, and Tim Bostridge, Managing Director of Hannover Fairs Australia, in a joint statement today. "All activities will be delayed until AFAC21 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, which will run over the 17-20 August 2021 at the ICC Sydney."

The conference will return to Adelaide in 2022.

Find out more: https://www.afacconference.com.au/the-conferences

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!