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Victorian Weeds Conference 13th-15th May 2014 in Geelong

 

The Weed Society of Victoria will be holding its

Fifth Biennial Weed Conference in May 2014.

The theme of the conference will be


Invasive Plants and Animals – Contrasts and Connections

and it will be held from 13th – 15th May 2014 at The Mercure Hotel in Geelong.

The aim of this series of conferences is to provide information on the latest weed issues relevant to Victorians. This year we would like to explore the parallels between invasive plants and animals.


Speakers were invited to present and discuss issues, experiences and knowledge across invasive plant and animal management and science, their technical and operational applications, community partnerships and education (Call for abstracts closed on 11th October 2013). Accepted papers will be published in a Proceedings to be distributed to all conference attendees.


The program will be divided into sessions, each covering a range of topics, including:
• Interactions between plants and animals- including weed dispersal by native and introduced animals, weeds as habitat for native and introduced animals, biocontrol etc.
• Converging themes in research- intersections between research methods  in invasive plants and animals, such as surveillance/detection, geospatial technology and modelling etc. Impacts of invasive animal control on invasive plants and vice versa, genetics, biology, ecology, socioeconomics, invasion stages from new and emerging to widespread species.
• Converging methods in management- National, state, regional and local planning and policy; compliance, education, monitoring and evaluation, creative use of technology such as social media, the human element including mental health of weed and pest animal workers. Case studies and reports, especially success stories are also welcome.
• Invasive plants- biology, ecology, control, biogeography etc. These papers may not have any links to animals but must address an aspect of invasive plant research or management.
• Invasive animals- biology, ecology, control etc. These papers may not have any links to plants but must address an aspect of invasive animal research or management.


There will be invited keynote speakers for each session to be announced soon. Paper presentations will take place on 13th and 14th May and on 15th May we will have a field day with excursions. A conference dinner is planned for the night of 13th May and the society’s Annual General Meeting will also be held during proceedings on 14th May.


The conference attracts a wide range of attendees including land managers, scientists, community volunteers, weeds officers, advisors and all people with an interest in weeds. We aim to attract similar people from the invasive animal sphere to hear the latest in invasive plant and animal management and science in Victoria, to network and share experiences.

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In March 2006 the society presented a successful Seminar on Interactions Between Weeds and Animals. We would like to build on that beginning and include invasive animals in our biennial conference in 2014. Please relay this information and call for abstracts to whomever else would be interested.