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Important research on show at AFAC16

Leading researchers will showcase the latest findings from CRC projects at AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference.

With the program now announced, more than 1500 delegates involved in emergency management will gather in Brisbane from 30 August to 2 September to discuss the latest trends, innovations and challenges across all hazards. There will be plenty of new insights from leading scientists on key volunteer issues, including fire modelling, mapping local knowledge, citizen-led recovery, fire law, prescribed burning, resilience, shared responsibility, disaster risk reduction, leadership, diversity and Indigenous knowledge. 

The conference begins with day dedicated to natural hazards science, with the Research Forum highlighting important discoveries from many CRC projects, as well as other scientists. It is a day to learn about the latest scientific developments that will benefit Australia’s emergency services, and is not just for researchers, says CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton.

“Research findings are starting to flow from the CRC in our third year, and the Research Forum presents a fantastic opportunity for all emergency management practitioners to learn about the range of ways CRC science will make a difference,” Dr Thornton said.

“Our research is diverse – from optimising remotely sensed flood data, to fire modelling, to cyclone resilience, to policy and fire law, to name just a few examples – and this variety will be showcased at the Research Forum, as well as right through the conference week.”

“It is a great opportunity for emergency and land managers to engage directly with researchers on key industry issues,” said Dr Thornton.

Confirmed keynote and invited speakers include:

  • Katarina Carroll, Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Rhoda Mae Kerr, Chief of the Austin Fire Department in the US and President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Dr Jeff Kepert of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research and CRC project leader
  • Frankie Carroll, Director-General of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland
  • Iain Mackenzie, Queensland’s inaugural Inspector-General Emergency Management
  • Jona Olsson, Founder and director of Cultural Bridges to Justice and Chief of the Latir Volunteer Fire Department, New Mexico, US
  • Dr David Henderson, Director of the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University and CRC project leader.

View the full program on the conference website.

The conference will also feature an immersive trade exhibition, the biggest yet thanks to a new partnership with Hannover Fairs Australia – and close with a series of post-conference development sessions on 2 September.

Earlybird registrations are now open – register before 24 June to get the discounted price.

Last Updated: 06 May 2016