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Two workshops were offered at the 2019 Victorian Biodiversity Conference. Please note that workshop attendance incurs an additional cost than conference registration. The two workshops were:


R-course: Foundations of R for data analysis and beyond.


Course run by: David Wilkinson, The University of Melbourne.

Time: 9am-5pm

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2019.

Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with a strong foundation in the use of R. R is a programming language commonly used throughout scientific disciplines for statistical analysis and data visualisation. This workshop assumes no prior R experience and will build up the attendee's skill set to the point that they can feel comfortable using R in their own research projects. We will run through the R basics, navigating the RStudio interface, some basic project management, loading and manipulating data, and an introduction to data visualisation.


Attendees must:

  • Bring their own laptop and charger. This can be a Windows, Mac, or Linux operating system, and they should have administrative privileges on it. Tablets/Chromebooks/etc are not suitable

  • Have both R and RStudio installed in advance. If you already have these installed then please ensure that you have a version that is at least relatively up to date (R v3.5 or later, RStudio v1.1.383 or later).

Cost: $66 including GST (30 people max)      REGISTER HERE


Master academic writing: 4 steps to getting published

Course run by: Lucie Bland (Editor, Author, Academic).

Time: 9am-12:30pm

Date: Wednesday 6th February, 2019.

Location: The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

Writing an academic paper or a thesis can be a baptism of fire, especially for graduate students and English as a Second Language researchers. And it doesn’t get any better! As time goes on, we can be less and less motivated to write, even though these international papers are key to career progression.


My workshop addresses four of the main pitfalls faced by graduate students and early career researchers:


  • Writer’s block and low writing productivity

  • Lack of clarity and poor organization

  • Outdated (or no) techniques to effectively edit and alter your work

  • Lack of understanding of audience and expected impact

After completing this workshop, attendees will kickstart their writing productivity and write manuscripts with more ease. Written communication is an essential skill for many jobs and students will be able to take these skills forward for the rest of their lives.


The workshop is divided into four parts:

  • Getting words down (i.e. beating writers block - for good this time!)

  • Structuring a manuscript (including mind mapping and structural templates.

  • Editing in three stages (structural editing, copy-editing, and proofreading)

  • Sharing your writing with the world (supervisors, reviewers, and readers)


For each section, attendees will complete practical exercises and discuss their results in groups. Worksheets are provided and course materials can be shared after the workshop is over.


Cost: $55 including GST (40 people max)     REGISTER HERE


Birrarung Wilam (River Camp Walk)

Event run by: Koorie Heritage Trust (koorieheritagetrust.com.au)


Time: 4pm (1 hour approx.)


Date: Tuesday 5th February, 2019

Location: Meet at Federation Square

The Birrarung Wilam Walk takes you through Federation Square and down to the Birrarung Wilam (Common Ground) Aboriginal art installations experiencing the Aboriginal history of the Birrarung Marr (Beside the river of mists) and Aboriginal Peoples of the Kulin Nation.


With one of the friendly guides from the Koorie Heritage Trust, you will learn how the land on which Melbourne is located has changed over time and learn the significance of the Birrarung Wilam to the local Kulin peoples. You will gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of this incredible location, an important gathering place for the Kulin Nation and one of Melbourne’s most popular meeting hubs.

Cost: $33      REGISTER HERE


Get to know the SCBO!

Event run by: Society for Conservation Biology Oceania, Greater Melbourne chapter

Time: 7pm (right after the poster session)

Date: Thursday 7th February, 2019

Location: Naughtons Hotel (http://www.naughtonshotel.com.au)

                 3 Royal Parade, Parkville - just wander down Tin Alley towards Royal                           Parade and you’ll see it.

Need some dinner plans for Thursday night at VicBioCon? Come join us for dinner! The SCB Greater Melbourne Chapter will be gather for a chat and a feed after the poster session on Thursday night. Whether you’re a member looking to get to know more of our network, or someone just interested in learning a bit more before you join, this is the event for you.


You’ll get to meet other members and hear about the activities and initiatives we have planned for 2019. We’re also on the look out for people to nominate themselves for our 2019 committee, so come along and learn about the positions available, the kind of work we’d like to do, and how your skills might help.

This will be a relaxed affair to mingle with those interested in ecological research and conservation management across Melbourne and Victoria. Stay for dinner or just pop in for a drink and take advantage of the free nibbles (unfortunately we don’t have the funding to shout you dinner and drinks yet).

Not a member yet? No worries! Come along, meet the group over drinks or dinner, and sign up on the night. All welcome, but please RSVP so we have an idea of numbers.

Please RSVP to melbournescb@gmail.com  


In the meantime, you can learn more about our chapter here, or follow us on Twitter @MelbourneSCB

Tiegs Museum tour and Herbarium tour

During the Victorian Biodiversity Conference participants will have the opportunity to take a guided tour of Australia's oldest university zoological museum (The Tiegs Museum), and the Melbourne University Herbarium which hosts a collection spanning nearly 100 years.

Dates and times:


Thursday 7th February 2019, 12:45-1:15pm - 

  • Herbarium tour

  • Tiegs Museum tour


Friday 8th February 2019, 12:45-1:15pm -

  • Tiegs Museum tour


Registration: Register your interest when you collect your name tag.

Cost: Free