Conferences to explore dynamics of Southern Ocean and conservation of Australian plants

Floating icebergs on a grey ocean
The multiscale dynamics of the Southern Ocean will be the focus of the next Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference. Photo by 66 north on Unsplash

The Academy has contributed funding towards two scientific conferences focusing on the Southern Ocean and the conservation of Australian plants.

Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference-‘Multiscale Dynamics of the Southern Ocean’

The multiscale dynamics of the Southern Ocean will be the focus of a workshop for the 2021-22 Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference.

The conference will accelerate Australian science advances in multiscale dynamics of the Southern Ocean: a crucially important water mass for the Australian climate, economy, environment, and security. The conference will promote knowledge transfer with New Zealand researchers and drive other international collaborations.

Funding for Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conferences are offered for research conferences in the physical and mathematical sciences related to the solid Earth, the terrestrial oceans, Earth’s atmosphere, solar-terrestrial science, space sciences and astronomy.

Fenner Conference on the Environment-‘Exceptional times, exceptional plants’

This conference will focus on ex situ conservation strategies for Australian plants that cannot be conserved by conventional seed banking methods.

The conference will provide an opportunity for scientists working on the conservation of Australia’s diverse flora to evaluate methods for conserving plant germplasm (seeds, plants and other plant tissues), adding value to guidelines produced by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation. This is crucial to protect some of our most threatened species, particularly in the context of climate change and water scarcity challenges.

Funding for Fenner Conferences on the Environment is offered for conferences that bring together those with relevant scientific, administrative and policy expertise to consider current environmental and conservation problems in Australia, with the aim of contributing to the formation of policies that can alleviate some of these problems.

Both the White and Fenner conferences are funded annually, with applications for the 2022-23 rounds opening in early 2021.

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