About the conference

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.

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 were $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.

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We acknowledge and respect Victorian Traditional Owners as the original custodians of Victoria’s land and waters, their unique ability to care for Country and deep spiritual connection to it. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom has ensured the continuation of culture and traditional practices.

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