About AVPC

The Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference (AVPC) has a long and prestigious history as one of the regions keystone biosecurity related conferences bringing together practitioners, researchers, wildlife managers and policy advisors to network, share their stories and discuss the future of vertebrate pest management in Australia and beyond.

It attracts visitors from Australia, New Zealand and across the globe.

In 2017, the conference had 293 people attend the three day event to watch and learn from more than 130 presentations, including 6 key note presentations, 18 speed talks, and 1 panel discussion broadcast nationally to wrap it all up. Over 90% of delegates who filled out the evaluation survey post conference rated it as either very good or excellent.

The conference is being hosted by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions and coordinated by Conference Logistics.

Theme: Feral Futures 2051

In 2020, we want the conference to be bigger and better than ever before and we have chosen “Feral Futures 2051” as the theme for the 18th AVPC. 2051 will mark the second half of the 21st century and research, innovation and new ideas will be imperative to ensure our future is as feral-free as we can make it.

In 30 years’ time, we will no doubt have new technologies and products which haven’t even been thought up. If we think about 30 years ago, we didn’t have apps or mobile devices available at our finger tips for information and monitoring and these are now a part of our everyday lives.

It is exciting to think what 2051 holds and we want this conference to promote the knowledge, technologies and strategies that are propelling us towards 2051, but also the over the horizon thinking, strategies and developments that may shape vertebrate pest management in 2051 and beyond.

100+ Speakers

300+ Tickets

4 day event

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Keynote Speakers

Dr Andy Sheppard
Research Director, CSIRO

Andy is a population ecologist with an international reputation in biological control and risk assessment focussed on the management of invasions of invasive plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and pathogens. His achievements are broadly divided into three areas: invasive species ecology and population dynamics supporting management – a strong focus on the native vs. exotic range comparative […]

Conference Program

A draft conference program will be available soon

Potential sessions to be considered part of the conference program are:

  1. Future challenges and impacts: What challenges will we be facing in pest management in 2051? 
  2. Predator Free New Zealand 2050 (Sponsored by the Department of Conservation, New Zealand) 
  3. Biotechnology and biocontrol 
  4. Conservation within fenced areas (Sponsored by the ACT Government) 
  5. Island conservation 
  6. Surveillance and incursions 
  7. Automated systems for managing pests 
  8. Integrated pest management 
  9. Cultural icon exploded: how can we effectively manage iconic species such as wild horses and kangaroos? 
  10. Managing carp (Sponsored by the FRDC) 
  11. Putting research into practice, including community engagement and action
  12. Managing feral cats 
  13. Managing rabbits 
  14. Managing wild canids 
  15. Managing feral pigs 
  16. Managing deer 
  17. Open session 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the venue?

Located in the cœur of the city, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is 40-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport.

Rental vehicles, taxis and shuttles are all available from the airport to the hotel.

Where can I stay?

You can stay at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, for maximum convenience, but there are also many hotels, of various prices, located near by.

Do I have to attend the full conference?

No, we will have a day rate available if delegates desire.

Conference Venue

The Conference is being held at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins is one of Melbourne’s most flexible and comprehensive hotel conference venues
that can accommodate delegates in a range of configurations. The venue offers a range of accommodation
options on site, or there are a number of alternative accommodation options nearby as well. The venue is
located in the coeur of the city and is a 40-minute drive from Tullamarine Airport.

(03) 9653 0000

25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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