Public Forum: Northern Australia – the new development frontier?

https---cdn.evbuc.com-images-21835583-178849850228-1-original As part of SCBO 2016 we are holding a public forum event - "Northern Australia – the new development frontier?". The debate will be moderated by Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas program, and featured speakers include Professor Stuart Bunn, Director of the Australian Rivers Institute; Jann Crase, CEO of Regional Development Australia Far North Queensland and Torres Strait Inc; Clare Martin, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory for six years; and Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner and Executive Officer of the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation. The event is open to the public, to tell your friends, family, and colleagues in Brisbane to come along! LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Auditorium DATE: July 6, 2016 TIME: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration details to come.

Voting for new SCB Oceania Section board members is on NOW!

We have (a record?) 11 members nominated to join the board, and two "member at large" positions available. The nominees are...

  • Kathleen Beyer
  • Alienor Chauvenet
  • Tim Doherty
  • Jean-Yves Meyer
  • Dominique Pelletier
  • Michele Raffin
  • Danielle Shanahan
  • Rebecca Stirnemann
  • Amelia Wenger
  • Jut Wynne
  • Liane Zeroes
You can read more about the candidates on the voting page. To vote, go to www.conbio.org, log in to your member area, and click the link to vote in the first blue box on your member homepage. You must be an Oceania Section member to vote.

Nominations for the SCB Oceania Board of Directors are now open!

We invite you to submit nominations for the next Board of Directors (BOD) elections for the Society for Conservation Biology - Oceania. If you know of someone who would be a good candidate for one of these positions (self-nominations are welcome) please submit a nomination form by e-mail to elections@scboceania.org before 29th April 2016.

Richard Kingsford
Richard Kingsford
Vanessa Adams
Vanessa Adams
Rebecca Weeks
Rebecca Weeks
Stacy Jupiter
Stacy Jupiter
Megan Evans
Megan Evans
Ros Anderson-Lederer
Ros Anderson-Lederer
Monica Awasthy
Monica Awasthy
Emily Elston
Emily Elston

Society for Conservation Biology Oceania awards 2016

SCBO are pleased to announce the call for our annual student awards, and for our regional distinguished service award. The closing date for nominations for all awards is April 30th. Student Awards As usual, we have two student awards up for grabs – one for the best Oceania student presentation at SCBO Brisbane 2016, and one … Continue reading Society for Conservation Biology Oceania awards 2016

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.