- Tuesday, June 18th 2019
- 5:30 pm start
- University of Melbourne, Parkville, Biosciences 1 (G26)
- Meet other local conservation professionals and enthusiasts
- Sign up as one of our first formal members
We’re very pleased to announce that our first official elections were a success, and introduce you to our 2019 committee.
We’ll be doing some profiles on our committee members and popping them up on our webpage in the months to come. If you think you’ve got skills in any of the areas on our committee, consider teaming up with one of the lovely folk above – they’d love an extra pair of hands. Or you might have something new you want to bring to the table. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
A very big thanks from the chapter president
We’ll start to put some of the projects identified in our ‘Strategic Plan’ into action this year, as well as organise regular committee meetings and our tried and true ‘meet and greet’ dinners. We’ll also be setting up an online membership and payment system from June 2019. So stay tuned for more news on all of those fronts.
The newly formed Greater Melbourne Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology wants to hear about your local conservation projects in Victoria. It might be a research project, restoration site, conservation organisation or community group – anything related to the wide world of conservation across the terrestrial, marine and freshwater realms.
We’ll be collating brief profiles of your projects or groups and sharing them through our interactive online map, found at this link. There’s so much great work happening across Melbourne and Victoria, and we want to showcase it!
What’s in it for you? Well, you’ll get to see what conservation projects are happening next-door to your own, where you might be able to share knowledge, resources or even collaborate in the future! The possibilities are endless!
Once again, to see our interactive map of Conservation In Victoria, head to this link.
To put your conservation project on the map, please fill out the Google Form at this link.
Conservation biologists see some pretty amazing stuff on the job. Our new Instagram @scbgreatermelb gives a visual take on the lives and work of local researchers through regular member features.
Follow us to see what conservation research and management looks like across Victoria!
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Welcome to @scbgreatermelb! We're the brand spanking new Greater Melbourne Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology. Follow to see what #conservation research and management looks like across Victoria! #melbourne #victoria #australia #biodiversity #research #biology #ecology #science #management #environment #native #plants #animals
Our member in the spotlight this week is Lauren Tworkowski from La Trobe University. Lauren won the SCBO Best Poster Award at the 2018 Victorian Biodiversity Conference – you can check out her poster here.
How did it feel to be selected as the recipient of the SCBO Best Poster award at the Victorian Biodiversity Conference?
It felt great of course! There was definitely stiff competition, both in terms of poster design and quality of research, so I was really surprised and humbled to have been chosen. The whole point of attending and presenting at these conferences is to effectively communicate your work and get feedback, so it is great to know that my poster was well received. Makes all those long hours of formatting worthwhile!
Read the full post here at the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania’s website.
Last week we were thrilled to take part in the second Victorian Biodiversity
Conference held at La Trobe University in Bundoora. It was a fantastic event that
showcased the awesome conservation work being done by research students
and post-docs around Victoria and beyond. There were also a great set of panel
discussions and plenaries that got people talking.
The conference was also exciting for us as we held a launch event for the
Greater Melbourne Chapter that was attended by about 30 people. Kylie Soanes
gave an introduction to the chapter, outlining what our prospective aims are and
what we plan to achieve in this establishment phase during 2018. Tim Doherty
also spoke about the role that chapters can play and rallied everyone to follow
us on Twitter so we can get more followers than the Sydney and Brisbane
The event was interactive as we asked attendees to chat with us about what
useful roles they thought the Greater Melbourne Chapter could play. We also
provided post-it notes for people to contribute their ideas to a large poster on
‘What can the Greater Melbourne Chapter do for you?’, as well as another poster
with a map of Victoria where people could pin their conservation and research
projects. The event was generously sponsored by the Society for Conservation
Biology Oceania through catering for our hungry guests.
We’re currently working to collate all of these ideas to guide the future direction
of our chapter. Once complete, we will share an update here and also distribute
it to those who signed up to the mailing list. If you have any ideas in the
meantime, please get in touch with us at melbournescb [@] gmail . com.
(and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! @MelbourneSCB)