Fenner conferences on the environment

Status

The next call for applications will open in February 2018

Details

With the generous support of the late Professor Frank Fenner FAA FRS and the late Mrs Bobbie Fenner, the Academy has established a series of environmental conferences on the environment and conservation issues in Australia and its environs. The purpose of these conferences is to bring together those with relevant scientific, administrative and policy expertise to consider current environmental and conservation problems in Australia, thereby contributing to the formation of policies that can alleviate some of these problems.

One conference is funded annually. Conferences are usually of about two days duration with a membership of 20-30. A sum of up to $10,000 is provided. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged.

The Academy's Shine Dome is available free of charge for up to 2 days, although caretaking charges apply for weekends and on weekdays from 5.00pm, and there is a preference for holding the conference in the Shine Dome unless the location proves unsuitable.

The organisers of approved conferences are responsible for the organisation of the conference, and the sponsoring scientific organisation(s) are responsible for the funding allocated to the conference.

Organisers are asked to make an undertaking on acceptance of an offer of funding from the Academy to call their conference a Fenner Conference on the Environment and to advertise it as such.

Submit an expression of intent

Research conference applications are in two stages.

Organisers are invited to submit a one page Expression of intent (EOI), which should indicate:

  • the aims, value and timeliness of the conference, including an indication of support from the local scientific community and the importance for the conservation of Australia’s natural environment
  • provisional dates and venue
  • names of the organisers
  • a tentative program, including expected number of attendee and any known or invited speakers
  • a brief outline of anticipated budget

Note that conferences that are one of a continuing series are less likely to gain support unless they specifically address a newly emerging theme or topic within the broader area of the series.

E-mail: awards@science.org.au or send to:
Awards
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, CANBERRA ACT 2601

An electronic copy sent by email is preferred. Receipt of the EOI will be acknowledged.

Expressions of Intent are short-listed by the awards committees in June and the organisers of short-listed proposals are asked to provide a detailed application by 1 August 2017. The final decision is announced in early November 2017.

For more information about the application process, contact the Awards Officer, at awards@science.org.au or call +61 (0)2 6201 9407.

Past topics

  • 2017/18: Fenner Conference on the Environment: Urban Sustainability and Conservation
  • 2016/17: International Forward Osmosis Summit (IFOS) 2016
  • 2015/16: Maximising the capacity of citizen science for science and society
  • 2014/15: ‘Addicted to Growth?: How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia
  • 2013/14: Coral Reefs on the edge—new challenges for high latitude coral reef communities
  • 2012/13: Population, Resources and Climate Change—Implications for Australia's near future
  • 2009/10: Healthy climate, planet and people: co-benefits for health of action on climate change
  • 2008/09: The art and science of good environmental decision making

For more details on these and other past conferences, see the event list.

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