Upcoming events

Melbourne Bat Count – there are now two monthly counts, held at Yarra Bend near Fairfield and at Doveton (approximately 30 minutes south-east of Melbourne) on the Wednesday or Tuesday respectively closest to the full moon. We meet approximately 30 minutes before dusk when the whole colony of thousands of bats fly out to forage around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking across potentially slightly wet areas, dress to suit the weather conditions either to keep nice and warm or cool. Ideally bring a torch and mozzie repellent. Parking available. Cost: Free  Booking info: Booking preferred but not essential Contact Dr Rodney van der Ree: 0412 562 429.       Where: Yarra Bend Park: Yarra Bend Park Golf Course car park, Melway Ref: 2D G7  or  Doveton: meet on Floriana Avenue where it intersects with Dandenong Creek [please be mindful of neighbours’ driveways when parking, and if you can please consider parking on Cootamundara Street – about 100 metres walk to the meeting place.] If you would like to find out more about the monthly Mega Bat Count and be involved in the fly-out counts, all you have to do is subscribe and follow the Mega Bat Count blog which is updated regularly with all the relevant dates, times and meeting point. Once you are in the Mega Bat Count blog the ‘Follow’ link is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the site; simple, hope to see  you there!

Yarra Bend:         Wednesday      7 Dec 20:00                                                                        

Doveton:     Tuesday             6 Dec 20:00


Chelodina Festival (Eastern Long-necked Turtle) – Sunday 13th November 2016 10am – 3.30pm, at Elizabeth Bridge Reserve, 49 Durham Rd, Kilsyth. Free event. Dr Andrew Hamer of ARCUE, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria/University of Melbourne, is to give a Turtle Discovery talk at 11am.

Events archive

XIX International Botanical Congress (IBC) – Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen, China, 23-29 July 2017.  Symposia call closes 31 Dec 2015, Abstracts call opens 1 July 2016.

5th IENE (Infra Eco Network Europe) International Conference on Ecology and Transportation. Main theme: Integrating Transport Infrastructures with Living Landscapes. Normal registration until 15th July, late registration  until 23rd August. 30th August – 2nd September 2016  Lyon, France.

11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC11) 2016, ‘New Approaches to Plant Conservation Challenges in the Modern World’, presented by ANPC and La Trobe University. 14-18 November 2016, Mueller Hall, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne. Call for abstracts extended deadline: Friday 29 July 2016; early bird registration until 26 August 2016.

9th Making Cities Liveable Conference 2016 focusing on Liveable Cities, Making Cities Liveable and Healthy Cities, at Pullman Melbourne on the Park Hotel, East Melbourne, 27-28 June 2016. Abstract submission closes 29 February 2016; Early Bird registration rate closes 16 May 2016.

SURE (Society for Urban Ecology) Congress Conference – East China Normal University, Shanghai, China, 8-10 July 2016. Symposia deadline 1 Dec 2015. Early bird registration before 15 April 2016; standard rate registration deadline 8 July 2016.

Urban Theory Symposium Series - a joint initiative of the Urban Geography Study Group of the Institution of Australian Geographers and the Australian Cities Research Network, 28-29 April 2016, Western Sydney University, Parramatta, Sydney, Australia. Call for Papers. 28 – 29 April 2016,  Abstracts due (300 words) – 31 January 2016; Final Papers Due – 1 April 2016. Submit to Crystal Legacy crystal [dot] legacy [at] rmit [dot] edu [dot] au or Dallas Rogers D [dot] Rogers [at] westernsydney [dot] edu [dot] au

2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity, a collaboration between Arboriculture Australia, The University of Melbourne and the City of Melbourne, with financial support from the International Society of Arboriculture and the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes program. Abstracts extended deadline 23 October 2015, registration opens 16 November 2015, early bird closes 11 December 2015; registration closes 31 January 2016.  Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne, 22-24 February 2016.

Bush Capital/ Garden City Biennial Conference and Seminar Program – Australian Native Plant Society, Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra, 15-20 November 2015. Full registration $395 (inc. free bus to National Institutions on Sunday, all presentations, excursions, morning and afternoon teas and lunches Mon-Fri), part registration $90/day (inc. morning and afternoon teas, lunch, presentations and excursion).

‘Ecological adaptation and adaptedness of organisms in urban environments: basic research and actionable science’ – final seminar in the Plant Sciences and Biodiversity Seminar Series for 2015, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, given by Dr Amy Hahs, GIS ecologist, ARCUE, RBG Victoria: Wednesday 4 November,  1pm Mueller Hall, National Herbarium of Victoria building, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra (Melway 2G A12). The front door of the Herbarium building (directly off Birdwood Avenue) will be open at 12:45 PM. More information here.

ARCUE/Melbourne Water-run public workshops to help urban planners create sustainable cities that provide healthy waterways enjoyable for people:
1. Re the Moonee Ponds Creek from Arden Street to Macaulay Road, North Melbourne – Tuesday 27th October, 6pm – 7.30pm, at the North Melbourne Community Centre, 49-53 Buncle Street, North Melbourne.
2. Re the Werribee River from Werribee town centre (Watton Street), upstream to Melpomene Boulevard – Thursday 29th October, 6pm – 7.30pm, Wyndham Park Community Centre, 55-57 Kookaburra Avenue, Werribee.

Managing Victoria’s Biodiversity under Climate Change Symposium – Victorian National Park Association, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, 8-9 October 2015.

The Royal Society of Victoria public lecture (every second and fourth Thursday of the month) – ‘Creating Green, Healthy, Resilient and Liveable Cities and Towns’ by Dr Mark McDonnell, Director ARCUE, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.
Lecture – free; Pre-Lecture Function with food and drink at 6.15pm – $25 for non-members, $20 for RSV members (book through website). The Ellery Theatre (upstairs), The Royal Society of Victoria, 8 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Thursday 8 October, 7pm – 8.15pm.

Urban Ecologies 2015, 17-19 June 2015, OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design), Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A conference examining the future design of our cities, it will examine the strategies that will be necessary for our cities to move beyond sustainability to becoming net producers of energy and resources. Proposals deadline: 28 February 2015.

Unleashing the Potential of Nature - a City of Melbourne initiative with a chance to join an online discussion and to participate in workshops. City of Melbourne is developing an Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy to plan for the future and they are now seeking input from the wider community to help to shape and inform the development of this strategy through two different avenues:
1) Discussion paper – to start the conversation on this important topic, the City of Melbourne has developed a discussion paper on Unleashing the Potential of Nature. Please visit their page on the Participate Melbourne website to view the discussion paper and join the conversation.
2) Participation Workshops – the City of Melbourne is holding two participation workshops at the Hellenic Museum, 280 William St on Thursday 26 March 2015. Refreshments will be provided. For more information see here.

Grasslands panel discussion re the current ‘Grasslands’ installation at the State Library of Victoria – panel comprises Lily Pearce (ARCUE/City of Melbourne) and Lind Tegg (artist), Paul Gibson-Roy, John Delpratt, John Rayner. State Library courtyard Wednesday 15th October 2014 6-7 pm, free, bookings essential. ‘Grasslands’ installation until 23 November 2014. 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne tel 03 8664 7099 email: inquiries [at] slv [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au

URBIO 2104 the 4th International Conference of Urban Ecology and Design, 9-12 October 2014, Incheon City, Korea

Unleashing the Potential of Cities: a nature based approach – public forum on urban ecology and biodiversity, hosted by the City of Melbourne. Special guest Prof Thomas Elmqvist from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a panel to lead the discussion comprising of Dr Chris Ives, RMIT; Dr Ruth Beilin, University of Melbourne; and Prof Mark McDonnell, ARCUE, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Deakin Edge, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne. Wednesday 26 February 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Thriving Neighbourhoods, 28-30 October 2013, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Australia. Early bird registration until 28 August. Abstract submission deadline 28 June.

5th joint conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia (EcoTas13), Auckland, 24-29th November, 2013

State of Australian Cities National Conference 201326-29 November 2013, Sydney, Australia. Early bird registration closes 9 August.

6th International Urban Design Conference, 9-11 September 2013, Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, Australia.

Novotel Sydney Olympic Park
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park

22nd International Grassland Congress (IGC) ‘Revitalising grasslands to sustain our communities’, 15-19th September 2013, Sydney, Australia. Submissions now closed.

Beyond the Edge: Australia’s first peri-urban conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 1-2 October 2013. Co-hosted by the Community Planning and Development Program, La Trobe University, and the School of Global, Urban And Social Studies, RMIT University. Deadlines: Paper abstracts and workshop proposals – June 10 2013; Early-bird registration – 30 August 2013.

INTECOL 2013 (International Association for Ecology) 18-23 August 2013, London, UK.

Icon-la VII International Conference:  Water landscapes and urbanization: design, ecology and management, St. Petersburg, Russia, 5-7 June 2013.

6th Making Cities Liveable Conference in conjunction with the Sustainability Association’s “Sustainable Transformation” Conference, 17-19 June 2013, Novotel Melbourne St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia. Early bird registration by 29th April.

1st Congress of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE) – Progress in urban ecology and ecological challenges in urban development. 25-27 July 2013, Berlin, Germany. Early bird registration by 30 April.

Discover Bayside’s MicrobatsSaturday 2 March 2013, Cheltenham Park, Scout’s Hall near railway station, 6pm til late (or 5-7pm for 3-8 year old children & their families). Booking essential: BaysideFriends [at] gmail [dot] com or tel 0408 032 963; for further details click here.

Two free bat events, organised by the Broken Boosey Conservation Management Network (CMN) to celebrate Australasian Bat Night, an initiative of the Australasian Bat Association. Guest speakers – Friends of the Organ Pipes National Park bat box Project Manager Robert Bender, and Tanja Straka, a PhD Student from the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology. For more information or to RSVP for either event, contact Janice Mentiplay-Smith on 57611644 or janicem [at] gbcma [dot] vic [dot] gov [dot] au For more information about other Australasian Bat Night activities visit www.ausbats.org.au

1. ‘Bat Night’ – bats, ecology and the urban environment, at the Train Park (Rotary Park), Melville St, Numurkah (north Victoria), Saturday March 9, at 6.30pm.

2. ‘Boxes for Bats’ – with talks on the role of bats, roosting boxes, and microbats in urban areas & how to help their population numbers. The Wunghnu Recreation Reserve, Carlisle St, Wunghnu (north Victoria), Sunday March 10, from 10.30am (for an 11am start). The Boxes for Bats participants will have the opportunity to build a bat box, for no cost, from supplied pre-fabricated materials to take home. A catered lunch will be provided for the March 10 event at no cost; please RSVP with any dietary requirements.

5th Australasian Bat Society Conference and Forum, University of Melbourne, 11-15 April 2012

MeNUER seminar, School of Botany, University of Melbourne, March 29 2012