Exciting updates for the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference in Darwin – July 2023

Ecologicial Society of Australia logo for the 2023 conference | Featured Image for 2023 Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia (ESA 2023).

We at TERN are once again delighted to be a conference sponsor and participate in the highly anticipated Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference, set to take place in the magnificent city of Darwin.

Under the theme of “Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing World,” the ESA conference in Darwin guarantees an unforgettable experience. From captivating keynote presentations to engaging panel discussions and thought-provoking workshops, attendees can expect a diverse range of sessions catering to various ecological disciplines and interests.

As highlighted by the ESA President, Dr Pep Turner:

“I am looking forward to coming together with colleagues again at the ESA conference in Darwin. The ESA conference is always an exciting event – being able to reconnect with long-term colleagues and meet new ones, and of course listen to the breadth of interesting science that they have been working on. I have been attending ESA conferences for over twenty years and it is always a highlight of my work year. This year will be particularly special for me as it will be my first as ESA President.”

As ecologists and others gear up for this peak event, we have some updates around the symposia most relevant to the TERN community and important information to share with you.

We will once again have a TERN presence among the exhibits. This is the best place to catch up with TERN personnel such as  Dr Eleanor Velasquez (Education and Training), Dr Siddeswara Guru (Data Services and Analytics) and Tayla Lawrie (threatened species index – TSX).

Let’s delve into some of the conference highlights most relevant to TERN that we would like to bring to your attention:

Within the Tuesday 4 July Symposium on ‘Open interoperability frameworks and data management for monitoring biodiversity and the environment to help meet global societal challenges’, our very own TSX data analyst, Ms Tayla Lawrie, will be presenting her talk on the ‘The state of threatened reptile and amphibian monitoring in Australia’ at 3:30 PM – 3:45 PM.

This presentation will be closely followed by our Data Services and Analytics Lead, Dr Siddeswara Guru who will be speaking about, ‘Developing standards to represent and exchange site-based survey data’ at 5:00 PM – 5:15 PM.

TERN-related talks at ESA to look out for include the following:

  • EcoAssets: streamlining access to data from Australian environmental research infrastructures, Dr Shandiya Balasubramaniam, CSIRO
  • Enabling environmental data and services for researchers and decision makers: the Planet Research Data Commons, Australian Research Data Commons, Mrs Kerry Levett, Solutions Architect, Planet Research Data Commons
  • SYMPOSIUM: Enhancing drone-based capabilities for improving conservation, management, monitoring and FAIR data, Tracks Waterfront Room 2, Wednesday, July 5, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Waterfront Room 2
  • Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable: National Research Infrastructure can enable rapid development of solutions for ecology, carbon drawdown and biodiversity preservation. Dr Timothy Brown, APPF Lead for Digital Innovation, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, ANU Node
  • SYMPOSIUM: Detecting and attributing change in Australian vegetation (2),  Tracks, Waterfront Room 3, Wednesday, July 5, 2023, 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Effect of drought on ecosystem gross primary productivity under different climate gradients across Australia, Huanhuan Wang, Student, University of Technology Sydney
  • Investigating opposing gradients in competition and stress along the TERN-NATT: impacts on savanna productivity, Prashant Paudel, Western Sydney University
  • SYMPOSIUM: Putting the floristics back into vegetation, Tracks, Waterfront Room 2, Thursday, July 6, 2023, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Waterfront Room 2
  • Dynamic Alien Tool for Australia: A dataset at continental scale to facilitate decision-making, environmental biosecurity and management of biological invasions
  • Dr Irene Martin-Fores, Postdoctoral Researcher, TERN / The University of Adelaide, 10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
  • A biome approach to plot-based vegetation classification in northern Australia, Dr Donna Lewis, Curation Lead, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

To stay up to date with the latest news and information about the conference, we encourage you to visit the official ESA 2023 conference website here. There, you’ll find the conference schedule, registration details, accommodation options, and more.

Not going to ESA this year? Don’t worry, you can follow all the action on Twitter using the hashtag #ESAus23 and by following TERN’s social media pages. 

Best wishes to those who will be immersing themselves in cutting-edge ecological research, contributing to meaningful discussions, and creating lasting memories in the stunning surroundings of Darwin. 

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