The conference will consider issues such as management of rangelands in the face of change, improving land use productivity, diversifying livelihoods, sustainable land use, social licence to operate the importance of Indigenous local knowledge, and of women, to enabling resilient rangelands and coping with change.

To view the Conference Program as well as a list of ARS Presenters’ click on the link below. Please note that the ARS Program is subject to change without notice.

ARS 2019 CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Overview of key activities

The core Conference is proposed to run from Monday evening (2 September 2019) with a welcome reception to Thursday lunchtime (5 September 2019), with the Monday and Thursday afternoon available for additional activities.

All conference sessions will take place at ANU Kambri Centre

MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

FIELD TRIPS
  • Monaro and Alpine grasslands – Grazing and conservation in temperate rangelands (1-day field trip)
  • Semi-arid woodlands – Maingaining and improving social licence to operate (2.5 day field trip, including oernight stays in Cobar and Condobolin)
1330-1700 ECP WORKSHOPS (click for full details)

  • Career development
  • Communication and pitching ideas
  • Leadership in rangelands
  • Interface between policy and rangeland stakeholders
1800 Welcome Reception, Canberra Yacht Club, Yarralumla

TUESDAY 3 SEPTEMBER

0830-1015
PLENARY SESSION 1: Conference opening, and Keynote Presentation “Policy for rangelands that are changing”
  • Fiona Simson, National Farmers Federation
  • Professor Brian Walker, CSIRO/ANU
1015-1045 Morning tea
1045-1230 Conference sessions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Conference sessions (Conversations that Matter)

  1. Social license to operate – whose responsibility is it anyway? (facilitated by Andrew Ash)
  2. Does policy undermine the ability of rangelanders to adapt to a changing world? (facilitated by Barry Trail)
  3. Proposition: fragmented rangelands funding streams prevent communities working together (facilitated by Kate Forrest)
1500-1530 Afternoon tea
1530-1715 Conference sessions
1715-1800 Poster Viewing reception

WEDNESDAY 4 SEPTEMBER

0830-1015
PLENARY SESSION 2: Keynote Presentations “Managing rangelands and their communities adaptively”
  • Cathy Waters, NSW DPI
  • Bruce Martin, Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation
  • Tess Herbert, Sustainability Steering Group
  • David Phelps, Australian Rangeland Society
1015-1045 Morning tea
1045-1230 Conference sessions
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Conference sessions (World Cafe)

This session will allow all conference participants to take part in discussions about 10 topics of importance to rangelands today, circulating between groups. The discussions will be led by teams who are putting together a short paper on the state of each topic to capture the current thinking and insights of participants.

1500-1530 Afternoon tea
1530-1715 Conference sessions
1715-1800 Poster Viewing reception
1930 Conference Dinner, Canberra Arboretum

THURSDAY 5 SEPTEMBER

 

ARS Breakfast business meeting
0830-1015 Conference sessions
1015-1045 Morning tea
1045-1230
PLENARY SESSION 3: Closing plenary
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1730
Kangaroo Symposium
  • organized by New South Wales Kangaroo Management Task Force
1330-1600
Global Drylands Ecosystems Program
  • network regional consultation

Preliminary program subject to change without notice.