Ecological Society of Australia


The Delegate Information Sheet is now available to be downloaded by clicking here.


Monday, 12/04/ 2010

Call for abstracts now closed.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Registration now open!

Sunday, 5/12/2010

Welcome reception and exhibition opening

Monday, 6/12/2010

Official conference opening

Wednesday, 8/12/2010 

Workshops and field trips

Friday, 10/12/2010

Conference closes

We would like to invite you to the 2010 Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Australia. The theme of this Conference is ‘Sustaining biodiversity – the next 50 years’.

The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Ecological Society of Australia provides a timely platform for retrospective and prospective considerations of ecology in Australia. A series of themes will focus on the challenges that will be faced by Australian ecosystems over the next 50 years, and the way that our science will need to adapt to meet these challenges. We will take a long term perspective of ecology in Australia and engender a sense of urgency to consider how ecologists can provide solutions to those problems with which we are now familiar, and those on the horizon.

The aims of this Conference – to be held in the International Year of Biodiversity, and on the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Ecological Society of Australia – are to challenge ecologists, and to inspire them. We will challenge them with speakers who will set the achievements of the past 50 years of ecology in Australia against the biodiversity challenges that still face us. We will inspire them with speakers who are developing new knowledge and innovative
ways of bringing biodiversity science closer to where solutions can be applied on the ground and in shaping biodiversity policy.

Mark Lonsdale
Conference Committee Chair

Our Partners

About the Conference Logo

The logo for the 2010 annual Conference of the ESA depicts Acacia pycnantha, the golden wattle and the nation’s floral emblem with the Brindabella Mountains in the background. The ‘golden’ wattle symbolises the 50th anniversary of the Society and with the Society’s ACT origins and the upcoming Conference there, provides a neat ‘marriage’ of themes. The Brindabellas are depicted in the iconic landscape colours of Eucalypt forests and woodlands, and are also reflected in that other ACT icon, the Australian Parliament’s House of Representatives. 

Symbolic of the challenges facing ecologists today and those that will be addressed at the Conference, A. pycnantha is a treasured local in the ACT, but has become a ‘weed’ in other parts of Australia and further afield. The logo is by Frank Knight.

More about the golden wattle can be found at:

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Who Should Attend

In recent years ESA conferences have had up to 600 delegates from a range of backgrounds including:

  • Biogeographers
  • Land managers
  • Marine area managers
  • Aquatic systems managers
  • Conservation biologists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Research ecologists
  • Ecology students
  • Government policy-makers
  • Restoration practitioners

The Society’s annual conference provides a regular forum for national and international ecologists and practitioners to gather and communicate advances in the ecological sciences and practice. Eminent scientists have organised stimulating plenary sessions and symposia and will join conference delegates in open forums to discuss a wide range of ecological issues.