SCCS-Aus 2019 Announcement


We are excited to announce the next conference for SCCS-Australia in July 2019!


The Student Conference on Conservation Science is a series aimed specifically for students, and has taken off all around the world! The conference runs for 8 days, with presentations, workshops, field excursions and parties. We also invite noted experts to give plenary presentations, and provide plenty of networking opportunities!


What to expect for SCCS-Aus 2019

Located in sunny Brisbane, Australia, the conference runs for 8 days, complete with presentations, workshops, field excursions, and parties. There will also be noted conservation experts giving plenary presentations, and plenty of networking opportunities.

The program is designed for post-graduate students pursuing studies within the field of conservation science, including (but not limited to) ecology, environmental science, resource management, geography, economics, and social sciences. Registration is open to post-graduate students and early career researchers (ECRs) from anywhere in the world, with a focus on Asia-Oceania.


Influential keynote speakers

Prof. Bill Laurance, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies, James Cook University


William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, whose research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, hunting and wildfires, on tropical forests and their biodiversity. He is also interested in protected areas, climatic change, the impacts of roads and other infrastructure on biodiversity, and conservation policy. His research over the past 35 years spans the tropical world, including the Amazon, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. A leading voice for conservation, Laurance believes that scientists must actively engage policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.



Prof. Sarah Bekessy, Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Research Group, RMIT University


Sarah Bekessy has always been passionate about biodiversity. Her research group analyses ecological decision-making processes from an interdisciplinary perspective in order to develop a more holistic approach. The group brings together experts in social science, ecology, physics, psychology and other disciplines. Traditional conservation decision science looks at the funds available, the species that need support and then distributes the funds based on formal prioritisation. The ‘people’ element is frequently absent from the equation. She believes that environmental management and protecting threatened species is actually very social and political. She investigates the surrounding elements which are not being taken into account--social and political aspects--and how we can build them into the decision making process.



Dr. Monica Awasthy, BirdLife Australia


Monica Awasthy is a Birds in Backyards Program Co-Manager at BirdLife Australia. She has a wide and varied background spanning urban ecology, citizen science, environmental education and community-based participatory approaches to conservation. Originally from Canada, Monica travelled and worked on a large variety of field projects with birds across Canada, USA, Australia, and Micronesia for universities, zoos, museums, and not-for-profit organisations, before completing a PhD in urban avian ecology in New Zealand. Since coming back to Australia, she has been involved in several Birds in Backyards projects and served on the committee of the BirdLife Southern Queensland branch. She is passionate about bringing birds and people together.



Mr. Bradley Moggridge, NESP Indigenous Liaison Officer


Bradley Moggridge is a hydrogeologist and PhD candidate at the University of Canberra. A proud member of the Kamilaroi Nation (NW New South Wales), his career has focused around Aboriginal people and water, with an ambition to promote Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge and find commonalities between Traditional Science and Western Science to influence policy and the management of Australian landscapes. He currently works part time for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub as a part of the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP), and has previously served on the Department of Environment’s Indigenous Water Advisory Committee and the NWC’s First Peoples’ Water Engagement Council.


Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships are available for presenters from developing countries and students without institutional support in the Asia-Pacific region. Scholarships will cover round trip airfare, transport to and from BNE airport, conference registration, accommodation and meals over the duration of the conference. Please note that visa costs won’t be covered. More information on submitting scholarship applications to come soon! 


Key dates to remember


October 2018: Abstract Submissions & Registration OPEN


January 2019: Abstract Submissions CLOSE


February 2019: Notifications of Abstract Submissions


July 3, 2019: SCCS-Australia 2019 COMMENCES!



We will have more information as details of SCCS-Australia 2019 are organised and confirmed. Keep a lookout for updated dates, speakers, and events on this website, or follow us on facebook and twitter!





To our arriving delegates, welcome to SCCS-Aus 2015 at the University of Queensland!! We'll meet you at 4pm for Registration at the Junior Common Room, Cromwell College. (Map: Where is Cromwell College?). 
Afterwards, we'll gather at 5:45pm to walk to nearby St Leo's College for the Welcome BBQ. See you there! (Map: St Leo's College).

Plenary speakers

Our Plenary speakers have been confirmed. We have secured 3 internationally renowned speakers for our plenary sessions ...see who they are!

Don't miss out...

It's now the last week of September and the registrations are filling up - make sure you secure a spot at the conference! Only 120 places available. Please contact us (Jane and Sarah) if you have any concerns about the registration process, we're here to help! 

A reminder that if you register by 30 September you'll receive an earlybird discount on registration costs. Registration closes completely by 31 October 2014 or until fully more

Registration OPEN!!

Register now to secure your place at this special conference!! Only 120 places available - registration closes 31 October 2014 or until sold out. More info...

Get ready to register!

Get ready to register! Registration opens 1 September, and there are only 120 places available!

Register early and save: Earlybird rates apply until 30 September.
Registration closes 31 October 2014, subject to placement availability.


UQ Master of Conservation Biology

  • Intensive 1 year program
  • Taught by world class conservation & industry specialists
  • Field experiences in rainforest, coastal, reef and outback habitats
  • Dedicated cohort support services


Co-hosted by

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the nature conservancy


The University of Queensland St Lucia, Brisbane, Australia


2015 Program booklet
Last modified 19 Jan 2015. 

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