Brisbane will host the International Congress for Conservation Biology in 2025 showcasing Brisbane’s science excellence in conservation biology research to a global audience.
To take place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), over 1500 researchers and practitioners will attend the Congress, which will shine a light on the ground-breaking activity in key areas such as reef restoration on The Great Barrier Reef, special planning for renewable energy and First People’s knowledge for land and sea management.
The successful bid was led by BCEC Advocate and former Queensland Chief Scientist Professor Hugh Possingham, in partnership with the team at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, together with Tourism and Events Queensland, Tourism Australia and Brisbane Economic Development Agency.
Possingham says Queensland is where the critical mass of conservation biology research is based, with James Cook University and the University of Queensland regularly ranking in the top 10 for environmental, ecological and conservation research globally.
“Hosting the Congress in Australia is an opportunity to create real change through an interdisciplinary approach to solving our conservation biology issues, bringing together ecologists, geographers, social scientists, economists and policy makers to create scalable solutions,” he said.
Dr Micha Jackson, president of local host association the Society of Conservation Biology Oceania, believes highlighting the importance of conservation to a wider audience is a way to greater understanding of the issues we face and the team hopes to do that through staging ‘science in the pub’ nights to generate public debate during the Congress.
Among the other key legacies being proposed is providing the opportunity for delegates to offset their carbon footprint by working with the Queensland Trust for Nature to set up a designated program enabling delegates to donate directly to a fund for creating new habitats for koalas.
BCEC general manager Kym Guesdon welcomed the announcement, saying it recognises Brisbane’s environmental credentials and reputation as a sustainable conference destination.
“At the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre we continually strive to initiate and deliver better outcomes for our community, clients and the environment,” she said.