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A decade after the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium) hosted the very successful 2006 Bushfire Conference “Life in a fire-prone environment: Translating science into practice”, we are thrilled to announce that this year we are hosting
“Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice”.
Set to be the premier bushfire event of 2016, this national conference will be held on 28th to the 30th of September, at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. We are very pleased to announce that it will feature internationally recognised keynote speakers:
- Professor Ross Bradstock
Director - Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfires, University of Wollongong;
- Dr Neil Burrows
Senior Principal Research Scientist - Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia; and;
- Associate Professor Alan York
Head - Fire & Biodiversity Research Program, University of Melbourne.
With a focus on applied fire ecology and fire management research, and collaborative fire projects, we aim to showcase successful partnerships that translate science into practice for beneficial onground fire management and environmental outcomes, whilst supporting land owners, land managers and scientists.
The program will include two concurrent sessions running all day Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday evening includes a catered poster session, Thursday evening an informal dinner and we aim to have a field trip on Friday. Further information on the program, themes and social activities will be provided soon. To submit an abstract go to Call for Abstracts.
The abstracts have been grouped into ten key themes, these are:
- Fire & Risk (full day);
- Cultural Burning and Traditional Custodian Fire Practices (full day);
- Engaging with Community for Improved Fire Management Outcomes (half day);
- Fire Ecology (half day);
- Maps, Models and Planning for Improved Fire Management (half day);
- Fire and Land Management (half day);
- Fire, Soils and Climate Change (half day);
- Fire Management for Linear Infrastructure (half day);
- Fire, Threatened Species and Conservation (half day); and
- Fires in the Past – Essential Knowledge for Management (half day).
Who Should Attend?
As the oldest collaborative organisation of its kind in Australia, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium has an extensive network of sponsors, contributors and supporters, both in SEQ and interstate. This includes over 900 people on our e news list, over 40 members in our Research Working Group and regular over-subscription to our very successful biannual forum series (i.e. one-day mini conference). We have extensive experience and expertise in organising such events and are excited about the calibre of speakers and supporting organisations involved in Bushfire 2016.
As such, and based on interested to date, we expect to attract delegates from across Queensland and the nation. We are confident that we will see representatives from a wide range of institutions, organisations and groups, including (but not limited to):
- researchers, academics, and students;
- local and state governments;
- fire management agencies;
- emergency service bodies;
- infrastructure and utility companies;
- natural resource management bodies;
- Traditional Owner groups;
- land holders;
- conservation groups and
- private consultants.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Getting there by car:
The main entrance to the University is along Sir Fred Schonell Drive, located on Map 179 F2 of the UBD Brisbane "Refidex" Street Directory. From Brisbane's Central Business District, Sir Fred Schonell Drive is most easily accessed via Coronation Drive.
Please visit the UQ Parking website for information about Visitor parking on campus.
We recommend parking in Car Park P10 follow this link https://www.pf.uq.edu.au/parking/availability/index.html
Getting there by ferry:
The CityCat ferry is the most enjoyable and often the most convenient means of getting to the St Lucia campus. The campus CityCat terminal is located near the corner of Sir William MacGreggor Drive and Blair Drive.
The Brisbane City Council provides a map of all CityCat stops (PDF). For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.
Getting there by bus:
There are two bus stations located at the University of Queensland - Chancellor's Place bus station and UQ lakes bus station. From Brisbane's Central Business District, the Brisbane City Council bus routes which run directly to the University of Queensland are the 412 (Express from City to Chancellor's place station), the 411 (City to Chancellor's place station) and the 109 (City to UQ lakes station). Other BCC bus routes which stop here are the 402 (Toowong to Chancellor's Place station), the 428 (Indooroopilly to Chancellor's Place station), the 427 (Chapel Hill to Chancellor's Place station), the 432 (Kenmore to Chancellor's Place station), the 414 (West Taringa to Chancellor's Place station),the 209 (Carindale Interchange to UQ Lakes station), the 169 (Eight Mile Plains busway station to UQ Lakes station) and the 139 (Calamvale to UQ Lakes Station).
The main bus stop on the St Lucia campus is located at Chancellor's Place near the J.D. Story building. The other bus station is located at UQ Lakes (near Field No.3 and Alumni teaching garden). For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.
Getting there by train:
The nearest train station to the St Lucia campus is Toowong, on the Citytrain Ipswich Line. From Toowong Station, cross Benson Street and catch a bus to UQ - the 402, 411, or 412.
Alternatively the Dutton Park stop on the Beenleigh/Ferny Grove train line is situated near the Eleanor Schonell Bridge. It is possible to walk from this station over the Eleanor Schonell bridge to the St Lucia campus.
You can also catch the Beenleigh/Ferny Grove, Shorncliffe/Cleveland, or Airport/Gold Coast lines to Park Road Train Station and walk over the overpass to the Boggo Road Busway to catch the #66, #29, #139, #169, or #209 bus to UQ Lakes.
For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.
Getting there by bicycle:
The St Lucia campus is easily accessed by bicycle, with a safe riverside bicycle path connecting the campus to the city as well as via the Eleanor Schonell bridge. Find out about bicycle travel to UQ from the Cycling at UQ website. in Brisbane here. Bike parking facilities are available.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Dr Samantha Lloyd
SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium
M: 0438 008 668 | P: 07 3503 1415
SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium
M: 0437 726 279 | P: 07 3503 1415
For further information please visit our website: www.fireandbiodiversity.org.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Can I update my registration information?
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes, you can bring the printed ticket. Please ensure you register at the registration table.
What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available up to the RSVP date. Sorry but No refunds will be allowed past the RSVP date.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. Please add the name of the attendee. Name tags are printed from the registation details. Please contact Craig if you have trouble with this.
Can you cater for my Dietary requirements?
We have provided some special dietary choices. In your registration process please ensure you choose the most appropriate for your needs. While we have created some choices we can not however cater for people with severe food allergies.
People with severe food allergies can react to tiny traces of certain food types inadvertently present in ingredients or on cooking utensils.
Our light meals, morning and afternoon teas are prepared by various caterers and each sources food and ingredients from many different suppliers. It is not feasible to test or control every ingredient and utensil used in preparing every meal to the level of being able to guarantee there will be no traces of an allergen substance present.
We also realise that some participants may have allergies so severe they can react to the presence of tiny quantities of food in the air. It is not feasible to exclude these minute traces from the Event, since we cannot control what is brought at the Event by other participants or left behind by other Events. We therefore advise that we are unable to provide allergen-free meals and/or an allergen-free environment at any of our Events. We do have a selection of special meal options available, however please note that we are not able to cater for individual requests for specific food items to be included or excluded from any of our meals.
If you require absolute certainty of an allergen-free meal, you're welcome to bring your own meal to the Event. However, because of limited facilities, we are not able to heat meals that you bring with you, nor are we able to refrigerate your meal in case the container should become contaminated with other food in the event kitchen.