COVID-19 update

Although indoor gatherings of over 100 people are currently banned, the ESA is hopeful that this situation will improve by the second half of this year. Whilst continuing to closely monitor all official advice on large gatherings in light of COVID-19, planning for ESA20 is progressing as usual. If the conference does not go ahead, we will of course offer full refunds to all registered delegates. 

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Dates: Sunday 29 November – Friday 4 December 2020

Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel.

Join us for the Ecological Society of Australia’s 60th Anniversary conference in Wollongong, New South Wales.

CONFERENCE THEME: Understanding Ecological Extremes: Mechanisms of Resilience and Recovery

Understanding the responses of species at the limits of their distribution or when subjected to disturbances forms a core element of ecological theory. With significant changes in the frequency of disturbances associated with changes in climate, pollution and habitat modification, species and ecological communities are encountering extreme conditions more often. Our knowledge now needs to extend to the future potential of species and systems within this new landscape. Building on current knowledge of species already living in extreme habitats, we need to understand mechanisms that underpin the recovery and resilience of species and ecosystems, including rapid evolution of characteristics, effects of small population sizes, and changes in behaviour. This conference will explore our understanding of extreme events and their impacts on species, communities and ecosystems, developing theories and methods to enhance this understanding, and investigating mechanisms that enable resilience in a more extreme future.

he name “Wollongong” is believed to mean “seas of the South” in the local Aboriginal language, Tharawal.

Wollongong is a beach side city on the New South Wales coast, 80 kilometers south of Sydney. Affectionately known as ‘The Gong’ Wollongong offers a string of world class beaches and surf breaks, beautiful botanic gardens, galleries and walking trails. Along with its many restaurants and bars Wollongong presents many adventure activities diving, kayaking and of course surfing. Wollongong is also home to Nan Tien Temple the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.