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Victorian Biodiversity Conference 2020



Dates: 6th - 7th February 2020

Location: South One lecture theatre,

43 Rainforest Walk, Monash University, Clayton 3800 (see adjacent map). To download a full campus map, click here.

Tickets: Conference registration and ticket sales are now open, more information is available on our registration page.

Getting to the conference

Parking at Monash Clayton

To use and pay for parking on campus you need to download the CellOPark app or visit www.cellopark.com.au and use the location code displayed at your chosen parking space. All day paid parking options range from $5/day to $12/day.


Parking areas are indicated by the pink colour on the campus map: N1 

The Victorian Biodiversity Conference aims to:

  • Showcase projects involving Victorian institutions related to biodiversity (everything from local to global projects).


  • Strengthen networks between Victorian institutions working on biodiversity (academia, industry, not-for-profit and government).


  • Highlight the exceptional work of early career researchers and professionals, while providing networking opportunities with those more established in their careers.


(10 Research Way), SE1-SE3 (52, 54,64 Scenic Boulevard), and OC1 on the corner of Wellington/Blackburn Rd.


For more detailed information: https://www.monash.edu/people/transport-parking/parking/metered-free


Public transport


All public transport options to Monash Clayton campus arrive at the bus interchange at the south end of campus, which is a short walk to the main conference venue at South One, 43 Rainforest Walk.




Dandenong, Pakenham or Cranbourne line trains to Huntingdale Station and then bus 601, 630 or 900 to campus.




601: Huntingdale Station–Clayton campus

630: Elwood–Clayton campus

631: Waverly Gardens–Southland Shopping Centre

691: Bayswater–Waverley Gardens

703: Blackburn–Middle Brighton

733: Box Hill–Oakleigh stations

737: Croydon–Clayton campus

802/804/862: Dandenong–Chadstone Shopping Centre (different routes)

900: Rowville–Caulfield Station, via Clayton campus

742: Eastland–Chadstone shopping centres, stops behind Clayton campus

800: Dandenong–Chadstone, stops on Dandenong Road, about 0.5 km from Clayton campus


For more detailed information: https://www.monash.edu/people/transport-parking/public

Who can attend?


Everyone is welcome to attend. The 2019 conference was attended by 350 people, including early career researchers, local councils and government departments, academics, non-government organisations and consultants from across 61 organisations. 


With the support of our generous sponsors, tickets in 2020 will be $30 for students and $60 for non-students. A breaking barriers grant is also available to help support attendance at the conference.

Diversity and inclusion

The Victorian Biodiversity Conference (VicBioCon) seeks to ensure an inclusive, welcoming, safe and accessible environment for all participants, regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. This environment includes the physical, social, virtual and cultural environment. We believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants; and in biodiversity both in terms of ecosystems and membership.

We promote diversity in all areas of activity. VicBioCon will provide an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for all delegates, and will not tolerate harassment in any form.  We will vigorously and proactively reject prejudice and stereotyping wherever it is encountered in our profession. This statement has been endorsed by the VicBioCon committee and it is the responsibility of all participants to behave in the accordance with the Society’s principles of inclusivity. We reserve the right to sanction or expel participants who do not behave accordingly.

Code of conduct

All participants are expected to adhere to the Victorian Biodiversity Conference code of conduct, which can be accessed here.

Keep up to date


Please contact us to be added to the mailing list and be notified about planning for the 2020 conference.

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2020 Sponsors