A one-day symposium to canvass the impact of invasive vertebrate species on ecosystems and agricultural activities throughout Australia, explore new and emerging biological control strategies for invasive vertebrates, and consider the ethical, social, technological, and decision-making challenges posed by these technologies for governments, industries and land managers.
Who should attend?
We welcome all audiences, including researchers, land managers, First Peoples, government policy leads, industry groups, conservation groups and any other parties with a stake in the challenges posed by invasive vertebrate species and an interest in emerging research that can offer new and effective tools for biocontrol in the years to come.
Benefits of participation
The symposium presents an opportunity to attain insights and access expertise in identifying and responding to some of the most pressing challenges facing the Australian continent’s ecological health from the impacts of invasive vertebrate species.
Session 1: The Problem
The necessity of the next generation of biocontrols and how to create a supportive operating environment. Mr Andrew Cox, CEO, Invasive Species Council
Australia’s invasive vertebrates: the extent of the problems and the need for integrated, community-based solutions Professor Euan Ritchie, Deakin University
The On Farm Cost of Invasives Mr Gerald Leach, Victorian Farmers Federation
The Impact of Invasive Species from a First Nations Perspective Ms Chelsea Cooke, South Central Conservation Officer, Trust for Nature & Graduate, Warreen Beek Trainee Rangers Program
The Impact of Invasive Species on Native Species Ms Shalan Scholfield, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry
Session 2 : The Technologies
Overview of national collaborative pest biocontrol Dr Andreas Glanznig, Centre for Invasive Species Solutions
Immunocontraception for feral cat management Dr Ellen Cottingham, University of Melbourne
Biological control pipeline strategies for sustainable control of rabbits in Australia Dr Tanja Strive, CSIRO
Developing gene drive technology for invasive rodents Professor Paul Thomas, University of Adelaide
Genetic biocontrol of invasive fish via self stocking incompatible male system Dr Chandran Pfitzner, Macquarie University
Fish viruses: friend or foe? Dr Agus Sunarto, CSIRO
Developing pipelines for genetic biocontrol of vertebrates Dr Stephen Frankenberg, University of Melbourne
Session 3: The Caveats
A perspective on next-generation technology development from a conservation stakeholder Professor Dan Tompkins, Science Director, Predator Free 2050 (New Zealand)
The ecology and evolution of suppression gene drives Professor Ben Phillips, The University of Melbourne
What can we learn from theoretical models on gene drives? Dr Aysegul Birand, University of Adelaide
Building social licence for pest animal control Mr James Trezise, Conservation Director, Invasive Species Council
Animal welfare – posing the hard questions Ms Rita Hawkes, Research Officer, RSPCA
Tickets are available below to either attend in person (first window) or participate in the webinar via Zoom and/or Eventbrite (second window). RSV Members are prompted to enter their “promo code” to access a member’s ticket.
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