Tropical biology conference first for Australia

In a first for Australia, the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) held its 51st annual conference at the Cairns Convention Centre from 20 to 24 July 2014.

The conference also set a new record for the largest gathering of tropical biologists in one location in Australia.

The Wet Tropics Management Authority helped sponsor the conference and seized the opportunity to communicate the values of the Wet Tropics and the importance of its management to an interested, relevant and influential audience. It was also an ideal venue in which to promote the World Heritage Area and the Wet Tropics as a learning landscape. 

The ATBC is one of the largest global organisations committed to the wise management of tropical forests. This year's conference attracted more than 500 of the world’s leading natural scientists, resource managers, economists, educators and students from 45 different countries; representing every continent on earth apart from Antarctica.

The major themes of the conference included tropical forest ecology and evolution, global change biology, restoration ecology, conservation planning, and integrating social science perspectives into conservation science and policy.

The Authority staffed an information stall and attended the many conference sessions and symposia. It provided an opportunity to network with tropical biology and conservation professionals and experts from around the world. 

Staff also assisted in the post conference ecological restoration field trip to the Atherton Tableland which was attended by 24 participants from many different countries but in particular from our neighbours in south east Asia such as Thailand, Indonesia and China. 

The conference was coordinated in Cairns by Professor Steve Turton and Associate Professor Susan Laurance from James Cook University.

Tropical biology conference first for Australia

Published: 04th Aug 2014

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