CIE Staff and HDR Conference – 27-29 October 2015

LogoCIE staff and HDR students – you are all invited to attend the CIE STAFF AND HDR CONFERENCE 2015, to be held at Deakin University on Tuesday, 27th – Thursday, 29th October 2015, Alfred Deakin Lecture Theatre J2.01, Warrnambool Campus.

Please note that registration is now closed. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Have you heard about our photo competition? More information is available HERE.

Attached below the conference program + conference flyer which outlines more detail of the conference activities:


Deakin Warrnambool Units is located within the Deakin Warrnambool University Campus and is set on the banks of the picturesque Hopkins River, close to local surf beaches and popular tourist attractions. The Campus is situated approximately five kilometres east of the local city of Warrnambool.

HDR Conference guests will be accommodated in their own bedroom in either a 6 or 8 bedroom unit – kitchen, bathroom, lounge and laundry facilities will be shared with other Conference guests within that unit.

Accommodation Inclusions:

  • Bed linen, pillows and towels provided.
  • Free Wifi is available.

Accommodation Facilities:

  • Each unit has a full kitchen, including fridge, stove, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle and basic utensils.
  • Each unit has a bathroom with shower facilities.
  • Each unit has a laundry washing machine, dryer and iron.
  • Each unit has an appropriate sized lounge room equipped with TV/DVD. For larger groups, arrangements can be made to provide a complimentary unit nearby for the purpose of a common room subject to availability.
  • Paid parking is available within close proximity to all units. Free parking is available within a 5-10 minute walk of the accommodation.

Campus Facilities:

  • Café (Monday to Friday)
  • Conference facilities
  • Gymnasium
  • Recreational fishing / boating – Hopkins River
  • Tennis
  • Basketball / netball courts
  • Golf course – nine holes
  • Recreational oval

***Please note: fees may apply to use some campus facilities***

Location (See Attached Map):
The Reception Building is located on Lodge Drive, which is within the Deakin Warrnambool Campus. The University Campus is located on the Princes Highway, approximately 6km east of the Warrnambool CBD.

Warrnambool Campus Map (PDF)

Click here for a Google map

Travelling from Melbourne:
From the Princes Highway turn left onto Aitken Drive and enter the University Campus. Travel straight through the first roundabout onto Lodge Drive. Follow Lodge Drive until it ends and turn right. In approximately 200m you will see Reception (P Building) on the left hand side.

Check In & Out Times:
Check in is available from 2pm. Guests must check out by 10am on the day of departure.

Key Collection & Return (Business Hours):
Keys can be collected from Reception located at Building P (see attached map) during office hours (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm). Please return keys to Reception at Building P upon check out.

Key Collection & Return (After Hours):
For key collection outside of business hours it will be necessary for you to collect your room key from our onsite Security. Please make your way to Building P (see attached map) and contact Security on 03 5563 3222 to arrange key collection. When returning keys outside of Reception hours, please drop off keys in the Secure Key Box on the wall outside the entry to Building P.

Please Note: Guests accept liability and costs associated for lost or non-returned keys.

Car Parking:
General car parking within the Deakin Campus is charged at $1.50 per hour, up to a maximum of $6 per day. These regulations apply from Monday to Friday (8am-4:30pm). Limited free parking is available within the Campus.

Parking tickets can be purchased at the self-service parking machine located on the main road into the Campus (just before you enter the large roundabout).

Should you have any further questions or wish to discuss this booking with one of our friendly staff please don’t hesitate to contact us on 03 5563 3111 or

Deakin Media Release: Deakin Geelong to host national marine sciences conference (AMSA 2015)

AMSA 2015Australia’s top marine scientists will gather in Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus this Monday to discuss latest research, challenges and solutions for the nation’s future environmental sustainability.

The four-day 2015 Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) national conference will, for the first time, include a public forum on the opening night (Monday 6 July).

The free Q&A event will be hosted by Anthony Boxshall from RRR’s Radio Marinara, and will feature a panel of experts to discuss the most pressing issues facing our marine environment, including marine parks, fisheries and climate change.

The event will also include a photographic exhibition of beautiful seaweed images taken by Dr Alecia Bellgrove, fellow researcher Melanie Wells and Deakin University photographer Donna Squire. The exhibition will be available all week, while Dr Bellgrove will present her research on Monday, July 6 at 11.20am.

Feel free to help us by spreading the word 🙂

More on the conference and itinerary is available @ Deakin 2015 media releases or via the AMSA 2015 website.

Deakin EnviroBall 2015 – Tickets are now available

EnviroBall 2015As every year, the annual Deakin EnviroBall function is the perfect opportunity for everyone associated with Environmental Science at Deakin to catch up and celebrate as another year draws to a close. All are welcome –  from current students and staff to HDRs and alumni.

Tickets are on sale NOW and ticket sales will close Friday, August 7. To purchase a ticket please go to Deakin eStore.

What: 3 course dinner + beer, wine & soft drinks
When: Thursday, 3rd September 2015, 7pm-midnight
Cost: Subsidised price only $90
Where: Leonda by the Yarra, 2 Wallen Road, Hawthorn
(For more information CLICK HERE)

Please feel free to pass this invitation onto other past or current enviro students you may be in contact with.

Heads-up: CIE Staff and HDR Conference 2015

CIE Staff and HDR Conference 2015You are all invited to attend the CIE STAFF AND HDR CONFERENCE 2015, to be held at Deakin University on Tuesday, 27th – Thursday, 29th October 2015, Alfred Deakin Lecture Theatre J2.01, Warrnambool Campus.

There will be a diverse program designed to showcase current opportunities and activities with the Centre of Integrative Ecology

The conference will showcase:

  • Work of our newly appointed staff and highlight opportunities for collaborative work with established programs
  • A program of longer talks and shorter “turbo-talks”, so everyone can get involved
  • Provide a great place to build collaborative links with those from other campuses
  • There will be themed workshops to develop various skills including a “Meet the Editors” session with editors from leading ecological journals taking questions on publishing
  • Evening entertainment and opportunities to visit local attractions (e.g. whale watching & platypus viewing)
  • Meals/catering will be provided

Buses will be provided from all the campuses to make it easy to get to-and-from the conference.

We hope that you can join us at this very important School/Centre event.

Further information and program of activities will be sent out closer to the date of the conference.

On behalf of the CIE conference organising committee

Two conferences for (almost) the price of one – ESA & AOC 2015

reminderReminder to all CIE students and staff!!

The Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) 2015 meeting runs in Adelaide, 29th Nov – 3rd Dec. More information about the ESA meeting is available HERE.

This year the ESA meeting will run back to back with the Australasian Ornithological Congress (AOC) meeting (25th – 29th Nov, 2015) in the same city. More information about the AOC meeting is available HERE.

Two conferences for (almost) the price of one! Register today 🙂

Best friends or mortal enemies?: The complex ecological roles of Australia’s predators – Royal Society of Victoria public lecture

The Royal Society of VictoriaThe Royal Society offers evening lectures (free to the public) on a wide range of hot topics in science at large on every second and fourth Thursday of the month. These maybe worthwhile to consider visiting.

Notably the upcoming one on the 12th of March (Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM), which will be provided by Deakin CIE’s own Euan Ritchie entitled: Best friends or mortal enemies?: The complex ecological roles of Australia’s predators.

The venue is the Society’s lecture theatre upstairs at 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

For more information on Euan’s lecture and future lectures please visit The Royal Society of Victoria website.


The Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2015 – Registration is now open

Student Conference on Conservation ScienceThe Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS), Australia 2015, will bring together 100 post-graduate students from the Asia-Pacific region and elsewhere to develop their skills and forge lasting professional relationships in this, the most biologically and culturally diverse region in the world.

There are a few places left (earlybird rate extended until 25th October 2014). Registration closes on October 31 (or when sold out).

When: 19 to 29 January 2015

Where: The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia (Brisbane Campus)


  • 3 days of conference
  • 3 days of excursions and sightseeing around the Great South East
  • 4 days of training and workshops (including Basic R, Marxan, Species Distribution Modeling)
  • A unique opportunity to create lasting networks in conservation science

For further information and to register please visit the SCCS website.