Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress

SCB-Oceania-Congress-FlyerThe Society for Conservation Biology Oceania section is hosting the 4th Oceania Congress for Conservation Biology on July 6-8, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

The meeting will bring together the community of conservation professionals to address conservation challenges and present new findings, initiatives, methods, tools and opportunities in conservation science and practice. Scientists, students, managers, decision-makers, writers, and other conservation professionals are invited to participate in this event.

Key dates:

  • Call for symposia & workshops has now closed.
  • Call for abstracts is now open, closes 22 January 2016
  • Decisions on abstracts announced 1 February 2016
  • Deadline for early bird registration 1 April 2016
  • Start of pre-congress sessions 4 July 2016
  • Start of SCBO 2016 6 July 2016
  • Start of post-congress field trips 9 July 2016

View the full congress program at

Corridors and Connectivity in the Great Eastern Ranges

On 10 December, the Institute’s Programme Director Rosalie Chapple presented at the Great Eastern Ranges’ Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala partnership (K2W)’s Annual Forum at Jenolan Caves.

The K2W partnership brings together landholders and community groups to protect and restore natural connections for native plants and animals in the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link landscape corridor.This corridor connects the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area with protected areas located in the upper reaches of the Lachlan River catchment.

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Over 43 people attended the forum, including local landholders, researchers, government agencies, and conservationists

Rosalie’s presentation outlined the Institute’s work in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and how this links with the Kanangra to Wyangla piece of the connectivity jigsaw.

View Rosalie’s presentation

Rosalie presenting at the Forum

Rosalie presenting at the Forum

‘Not just polar bears. Climate change as a social justice issue’

The Institute was pleased to co-host the Evatt Foundation dinner at The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba on October 17.
Guest speaker Professor Lesley Hughes, one of Australia’s foremost experts on climate change, provided a lucid reminder of issues related to climate change in the lead up to 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.

View the speech transcript – “Not Just Polar Bears – Climate Change as a Social Justice Issue”