Bushfire 2016 conference logoWith summer and another bushfire season almost here, a national Bushfire 2016 conference at The University of Queensland this week will focus on new fire research findings and the improvement of management infrastructure.

The conference, hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, will be held on Wednesday, September 28 to Friday, September 30 at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

Consortium manager and conference chair Dr Samantha Lloyd said the conference theme Connecting Science, People and Practice, would link fire scientists and students with on-ground fire operators, public land managers, Traditional Owners and other fire professionals.

“With a focus on applied fire ecology, fire management research, traditional owner fire projects and collaborative fire programs, the conference will showcase successful partnerships that translate science into practice,” she said.

“These are partnerships that benefit on-the-ground fire management and environmental outcomes, while supporting land owners, land managers and scientists.”

Internationally recognised conference speakers include: UQ’s ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Hugh Possingham; the University of Wollongong’s Professor Ross Bradstock; Dr Neil Burrows, of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australia; and the University of Melbourne’s Associate Professor Alan York.

The 10 conference abstract themes include fire, risk and finances; cultural burning and traditional custodian fire practices; community partnerships; fire and land management; and fire, threatened species and conservation.

Fire is an important research theme of one of the conference’s  major  sponsors, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), headed by UQ’s Dr Beryl Morris.

TERN’s Associate Professor Nikki Thurgate will discuss fire-related datasets collected and published by TERN and its partners, and how this publicly available information is used to effectively manage fire.

TERN-associated researcher, Stefan Maier will focus on TERN’s next-generation fire remote-sensing datasets and how they are capturing and quantifying fire characteristics.

Watch the power of fire at a prescribed burn near Inglewood, Queensland filmed by UQ fire researcher Nicholas McCarthy, of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management

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