SCBO Board meeting & public forum in Brisbane

SCBO Board members checking out the conference venue in Brisbane. L-R: Monica Awasthy, Stacy Jupiter, Vanessa Adams, Megan Evans & Richard Kingsford. Photo: Rebecca Weeks.
SCBO Board members checking out the conference venue in Brisbane. L-R: Monica Awasthy, Stacy Jupiter, Vanessa Adams, Megan Evans & Richard Kingsford. Photo: Rebecca Weeks.
Once each year, the SCBO board try to get together face-to-face to discuss Section business. Last Thursday and Friday, most of us met up in Brisbane. Our discussions were primarily focussed on reviewing and updating our workplans – outlining and planning what we will do (Capacity, Conferences, Science and Education and Policy and Management) over the next year in line with our Strategic Plan.

Public Event: The Great Barrier Reef – are we doing enough?

gbr The Society for Conservation Biology and the Queensland Museum Network are convening an expert panel to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef and what we are doing about it, timed for when nations meet in Paris to determine climate policy for the world. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world and a national treasure. It also contributes nearly six billion dollars a year to the economy. But we are fighting many ecological and economic threats. These include acidification, coral bleaching, invasive species, overfishing, overabundance of some species (e.g. crown of thorns), transport, and pollution from catchments, ports and out at seas. Join our expert panel to discuss the future of the Great Barrier Reef and whether we are doing enough for future generations to enjoy the same biodiversity we have on the reef today.

AGM Success

Iphone6plus_2015JulyAug 184 Those of us in the Oceania Section who attended the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier in early August enjoyed the program and the exquisite French city and its history and food. We also held our inaugural highly successful Annual General Meeting, attended by more than 40 people. It was a great atmosphere for business that can often be a bit dull.

SCB Approves Semi-Autonomy for Sections

SCB has been a global organization since 2002, but its seven regional sections remained part of a single U.S.-based fiscal entity. At its March 2015 board meeting, the Society's board of governors realized that some sections have grown to the stage at which they could realize financial and organizational benefits by forming semi-autonomous organizations within … Continue reading SCB Approves Semi-Autonomy for Sections

Semi-autonomy of SCB Oceania

The Society for Conservation Biology has embarked on a new governance model for its regions across the world. This provides an opportunity for different regional sections to become autonomous. Some regions have increasingly wanted to move in this direction to grow identity and develop new programs, and Oceania is the furthest down this path. The global society, the Board of Governors and Executive Office as well as other sections, are providing a lot of support and watching with interest as we work through this process. In the last year, our Board has made a number of key decisions to progress this.

Survey Results: What you think of the Society for Conservation Biology?

The SCB Oceania Board sent out a survey last year to better understand the needs of our members. The survey included a range of topics: motivations for membership, how effective you think we currently are as a Society, and where you would like to see us invest our time and resources. Survey results will help … Continue reading Survey Results: What you think of the Society for Conservation Biology?