You are invited to join your fellow colleagues of the Australian Society for Fish Biology for the Society’s 2010 Annual Conference being held in Melbourne, Victoria from Monday 12th through Wednesday 14th July 2010.
As always, the conference will attract many of the field's leading professionals, scientists, students and lecturers. We expect the customary array of engaging oral and poster presentations covering areas as wide as biodiversity, biogeography, phylogeography, community ecology, population biology, ecology, conservation, sustainability and resource management. Rather than holding a separate conference and thematic workshop as has been the norm in recent years, the three days of formal conference sessions will include a Symposium on the effects of climate change on aquatic environments that will feature for the full duration of the meetings.
The conference venue is Museum Victoria’s ultra modern Melbourne Museum, the state of Victoria’s Natural History, Indigenous Cultural and Australian Technological museum. Set in the beautiful, historical Carlton Gardens, bordering the northern edge of Melbourne’s Central Business District, the Melbourne Museum is equipped with full conference facilities and services offered by an award winning caterer. The complex is an ideal setting for stimulating and yet relaxed conference and symposium sessions. Its galleries, filled with displays of animals living and extinct, are an appropriate setting to contemplate the potential outcomes of the symposium topic ‘climate change’.
I look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.
Martin F Gomon
Chair, 2010 Conference Organising Committee
From the President of ASFB
Welcome to the 2010 Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference to be held in Melbourne in July 2010. The symposium topic ‘Climate Change and the Aquatic Environment – the future for fish and fisheries’ has particular relevance for Australia, with climate change likely to have profound impacts on aquatic ecosystems and the human uses of them. There is a need not only to understand and predict the nature of these impacts but also to develop strategies to adapt to the changed states. Melbourne is an especially appropriate location to host this symposium, with the marine and freshwater systems of South Eastern Australia expected to experience some of the greatest climate-driven changes in the southern hemisphere.
Recognising the global challenge, it is significant that during 2010 there are other conferences outside of Australia also focusing on climate change impacts on fish and fisheries. The ASFB symposium will provide key insights into likely climate induced changes in the southern hemisphere, providing an important perspective into the global discussions on the topic.
In addition to the symposium, the conference will provide researchers, students and others with an interest in fishes and fisheries the opportunity to share information, build networks and socialise. I commend the 2010 ASFB conference and symposium to you and hope to see you in Melbourne in July 2010 for what promises to be an interesting and stimulating event.
President, Australian Society for Fish Biology