News from the CRC

afac16_conference_logo_a5.jpg

AFAC16 Powered by INTERSCHUTZ
AFAC16 Powered by INTERSCHUTZ
Release date
03 May 2016
More information:
Nathan Maddock
Senior Communications Officer

Natural hazards science for Brisbane

Leading researchers will showcase the latest findings from CRC projects at AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference.

With the program now announced, more than 1500 delegates involved in emergency management will gather in Brisbane from 30 August to 2 September to discuss the latest trends, innovations and challenges across all hazards.

The conference begins with day dedicated to natural hazards science, with the Research Forum highlighting important discoveries from many CRC projects, as well as other scientists. It is a day to learn about the latest scientific developments that will benefit Australia’s emergency services, and is not just for researchers, says CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton.

“Research findings are starting to flow from the CRC in our third year, and the Research Forum presents a fantastic opportunity for all emergency management practitioners to learn about the range of ways CRC science will make a difference,” Dr Thornton said.

“Our research is diverse – from optimising remotely sensed flood data, to fire modelling, to cyclone resilience, to policy and fire law, to name just a few examples – and this variety will be showcased at the Research Forum, as well as right through the conference week.”

“It is a great opportunity for emergency and land managers to engage directly with researchers on key industry issues,” said Dr Thornton.

Confirmed keynote and invited speakers include:

  • Katarina Carroll, Commissioner Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
  • Rhoda Mae Kerr, Chief of the Austin Fire Department in the US and President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Dr Jeff Kepert of the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research and CRC project leader
  • Frankie Carroll, Director-General of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning, Queensland
  • Iain Mackenzie, Queensland’s inaugural Inspector-General Emergency Management
  • Jona Olsson, Founder and director of Cultural Bridges to Justice and Chief of the Latir Volunteer Fire Department, New Mexico, US
  • Dr David Henderson, Director of the Cyclone Testing Station at James Cook University and CRC project leader.

View the full program on the conference website.

The conference will also feature an immersive trade exhibition, the biggest yet thanks to a new partnership with Hannover Fairs Australia – and close with a series of post-conference development sessions on 2 September.

CRC researchers will be advised in due course about registrations, while staff and volunteers of fire and emergency service agencies should contact their agency to find out about internal selection processes for conference attendance.

Earlybird registrations are now open – register before 24 June to get the discounted price.

More news from the CRC

Firefighters training for a structure fire.
The next round of funding is available for the CRC’s Tactical Research Fund, established to support short-duration research projects to meet the near term needs of Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partners.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is set to commence five new short-term research projects as part of the CRC Tactical Research Fund.
Workshop participants at the OCEANIA Ecosystem Services forum, Brisbane
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC research has been presented at an ecosytems and indigenous wellbeing conference in Brisbane recently.
A very large debris flow near Licola (East Gippsland, Victoria) after 2007 bushfires.
Heavy rain in areas burnt by bushfire can mobilise massive volumes of sediments and nutrients into rivers and water reservoirs, threatening the quality and supply of water to Australia’s capital and regional cities and...
AJEM cover April 2017
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC science is a feature of the April edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management, released this week.
Floods can cause severe damage to bridges, roads and other infrastructure. Credit: Dana Fairhead.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC PhD student Maryam Nasim has been awarded the Austroads Young Engineer Best Paper Award at the Austroards Bridge Conference 2017.
Clarence River, Grafton, NSW
This is the April 2017 newsletter from the Scientific diversity, scientific uncertainty and risk mitigation policy and planning project (RMPP), with updates for project end-users.
Dr Gavin Smith addresses the 2016 Research Forum.
Science and the latest learnings from across emergency management will feature at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC conference.
The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC partner Geoscience Australia is co-hosting a pre-conference workshop at the upcoming Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico on 23 May 2017.
Adelaide floods
CRC research is informing community flood warning campaigns, emergency services training and national policy initiatives.

News archives

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

Explore by keyword