Fenner conferences on the environment
Status

The call for applications are currently closed

The 2021/22 shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit their second stage nominations by the end of July 2020. Applications for the 2022/23 awards will open in early 2021.

Award background and eligibility

With the generous support of the late Professor Frank Fenner FAA FRS and the late Mrs Bobbie Fenner, the Academy has established a series of environmental conferences on the environment and conservation issues in Australia and its environs. The purpose of these conferences is to bring together those with relevant scientific, administrative and policy expertise to consider current environmental and conservation problems in Australia, thereby contributing to the formation of policies that can alleviate some of these problems.

One conference is funded annually. Conferences are usually of about two days duration with a membership of 20-30. A sum of up to $10,000 is provided. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged.

Organisers are asked to make an undertaking on acceptance of an offer of funding from the Academy to call their conference a Fenner Conference on the Environment and to advertise it as such.

Guidelines

Research conference applications are in two stages.

Organisers are invited to submit an online Expression of intent (EOI), which should include:

  • proposal (1 page) 
    • the aims, value and timelines of the conference, including an indication of support from the local scientific community and the importance for Australian science
    • a tentative program, including expected number of attendee and any known or invited speakers
    • a brief outline of anticipated budget
  • provisional dates and venue
  • names of the organisers
  • how the diversity and inclusion of speakers and attendees will be actively considered and where possible, achieved.

Note that conferences that are one of a continuing series are less likely to gain support unless they specifically address a newly emerging theme or topic within the broader area of the series.

Expressions of Intent are short-listed by the awards committees in June and the organisers of short-listed proposals are asked to provide a detailed application by 1 August. The final decision is announced in early November.

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(Please submit your application using the Apply button found on the left of this webpage)

For more information about the application process, contact the Awards Officer, at awards@science.org.au or call +61 (0)2 6201 9407.

Topics

  • 2020/21: Making Australian agriculture sustainable
  • 2019/20: Managing wild and weedy Australia across boundaries and disciplines
  • 2018/19: The use of gene drive technology in conservation
  • 2017/18: Fenner Conference on the Environment: Urban Sustainability and Conservation
  • 2016/17: International Forward Osmosis Summit (IFOS) 2016
  • 2015/16: Maximising the capacity of citizen science for science and society
  • 2014/15: ‘Addicted to Growth?: How to move to a Steady State Economy in Australia
  • 2013/14: Coral Reefs on the edge—new challenges for high latitude coral reef communities
  • 2012/13: Population, Resources and Climate Change—Implications for Australia's near future
  • 2009/10: Healthy climate, planet and people: co-benefits for health of action on climate change
  • 2008/09: The art and science of good environmental decision making

For more details on these and other past conferences, see the event list.

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