Program

The full conference program is now available. Click on the link below to view the detailed program, with links to speaker biographies and presentation abstracts. Please note that the program is subject to change  with out notice.

FENNER CONFERENCE ON THE ENVIRONMENT: URBAN SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSERVATION: CONFERENCE PROGRAM

You can also download the ‘program at a glance’ as a printable PDF – Conference Program

The conference will focus on a different theme on each of the three days. The themes relate to:

  1. Conserving Biodiversity in Cities
  2. Attaining Urban Sustainability
  3. Mitigating Urban Impacts

Presentations will comprise invited keynote presentations, contributed papers and posters, focused break-out group activities and facilitated discussion.


The conference program structure is below. Please note that this is subject to change without notice at any time, with further details to be updated as they become available. 

DAY 1  (Wednesday 4 April) - CONSERVING BIODIVERSITY IN CITIES
 Plants and animals share our cities with us. How do we maintain and enhance their survival and the opportunities that emerge when we co-habit these spaces?
09:00 am Welcome and conference opening
09:15 am Plenary One: A sustainable city is a city which insulates itself against climate change, Professor Kate Auty (ACT), ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment
10:00 am Contributed and invited presentations: Conserving biodiversity in urban landscapes – multiple dimensions and considerations (1)
10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am  Contributed and invited presentations: Conserving biodiversity in urban landscapes –
multiple dimensions and considerations (2)
12:00 pm Lunch
 1:00 pm Plenary Two: Using different perspectives for urban sustainability and resilience, Dr Cathy Oke (VIC), Knowledge Broker, Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) & Jirra Harvey (VIC), Director, Kalinya Communications
 2:00 pm Round Table Discussion – Hearing and sharing multiple voices and perspectives
 3:15 pm Afternoon Tea
 3:45 pm Synthesis and Day 1 Wrap Up
 4:30 pm Close of Day 1
 5:00 pm Welcome Reception
DAY 2 (Thursday 5 April) - ATTAINING URBAN SUSTAINABILITY
 While cities cover less than 3% of the planet, they have an extraordinary impact on the ecology of the planet. How can we shift current practices to reduce the footprint of our urban landscapes and improve the sustainability of these critical ecosystems?
08:30 am Recap of Day 1
09:00 am Plenary Three: Urban innovation for sustainable and resilient cities, Professor Lars Coenen (VIC), City of Melbourne Chair of Resilient Cities
10:00 am Contributed and invited presentations: Attaining urban sustainability – incorporating vegetation into urban landscapes (1)
10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am Contributed and invited presentations: Attaining urban sustainability – incorporating vegetation into urban landscapes (2)
12:00 pm Lunch
 1:00 pm Plenary Four: A big deal – how City Deals are driving collaborative governance in Australian cities, Ms Kate Lynch (ACT), Cities Division, Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure
 1:45 pm Plenary Five: Dr Sally Box (ACT), Threatened Species Commissioner, Department of the Environment and Energy,  Australian Government
 2:30 pm Roundtable discussion – Day 2: Towards sustainable cities
 3:30 pm Afternoon Tea
 4:00 pm Synthesis and Day 2 Wrap up
 4:45 pm Close of Day 2
DAY 3 (Friday 6 April) - MITIGATING URBAN IMPACTS
 Urban ecosystems are highly modified, but the impacts go beyond the obvious visual changes to land cover. How do we increase recognition and action around anthropogenic impacts related to changes in noise, light, temperature and chemical pollution?
08:30 am Recap of Day 2
09:00 am Plenary Six: Coastal cities: Managing urban impacts below the waterline, Dr Katie Dafforn (NSW), Senior Research Associate, UNSW
10:00 am Contributed and invited presentations: Mitigating urban impacts – what are the challenges and who should contribute to mitigation? (1)
10:30 am Morning tea
11:00 am Contributed and invited presentations: Mitigating urban impacts – what are the challenges and who should contribute to mitigation? (2)
12:00 am Lunch
 1:00 pm Plenary Seven: Valuing diverse voices, sustainable cities and practical action in urban landscapes: a conference synthesis, Dr Mark Garkaklis (WA), Principal Ecologist at ArborCarbon
 2:00 pm Roundtable discussion – Day 3: Practical action in urban landscapes
 3:15 pm Afternoon Tea
 3:45 pm Synthesis – Day 3 and Conference Wrap up
 4:15 pm Close of Day 3

A key aim of this conference is to promote inclusivity. To this end we have attempted to achieve gender balance across the group that includes our invited plenaries speakers, chairs and facilitators. We will endeavour to achieve gender equity in the presentations (both invited and through open call) throughout the conference, and work to ensure that the presenters represent a range of career stages.

We will also be actively working to ensure that science, industry and policy perspectives are all equally represented, and that these voices come from the full geographic range of Australian cities.