6th Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference 2015

Mt Helen Campus

Mt Helen Campus

“BIODIVERSITY IN RURAL LANDSCAPES”

12th June 2015 at Federation University Australia, Mt Helen Campus

Around two-thirds of Victoria is private land, most occurring as rural landscapes comprising farmlands, towns, rivers, wetlands, and patches of native vegetation.

This conference will address a wide range of issues associated with the conservation, management and restoration of biodiversity in these landscapes.

All are invited to the sixth (one-day) Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference. This conference aims to communicate new ecological research to natural resource managers, the research community and those with an interest in better environmental management.

This conference is jointly hosted by Centre for Environmental Management, Federation University Australia, La Trobe University, Deakin University, Victoria University, Charles Sturt University, University of Melbourne, and other research partners.

The program will include several mini symposia on topics such as:

• Trends and patterns in native vegetation

• Restoration & management of vegetation

• Non-government groups in conservation

• A vision for rural landscapes of the future

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Keynote Speaker Assoc. Prof. Ian Lunt:

Ian L.

Ian L.

From science to inspiration: 10 tips to promote ecological literacy and successful conservation in our communities. 

Associate Professor Ian Lunt is a vegetation ecologist in the Institute for Land, Water and Society at Charles Sturt University. Ian has worked as a field ecologist, conservation planner, lecturer and researcher for over 30 years.

Much of his research has been in endangered grasslands and woodlands. For the past four years, Ian has devoted lots of his ‘spare time’ to science communication, especially through his popular blog, Ecology for Australia.

And now he’s gone back to being a uni student again – studying media and journalism – in a quest to work out how we can improve the way that ecologists and scientists inspire and engage with broad audiences.

In his keynote address to the 6th Biodiversity Across the Borders Conference, Ian will discuss the question, ‘how can we increase scientific and ecological literacy in our communities, so we can all achieve great conservation outcomes?

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For natural resource managers, this conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about new applied research outcomes and what they mean for you. For researchers it is a great way to communicate your work in a way that can make a real difference. Biodiversity Across the Borders continues to build and strengthen collaborative networks so as to enhance both research and land management into the future. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you are interested in sponsoring or attending the conference please contact Associate Professor S.K. Florentine (Florry) at s.florentine@federation.edu.au and a registration form will be forwarded to you at the earliest opportunity.

BABC sponsers