Welcome Drinks

Date: Sunday 27 November
Time: 5.30pm-6.30pm
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Join us at Novotel Northbeach Wollongong on Sunday 27 November to collect your conference name badge and network with fellow attendees.

This event is included for all Full Registration category types and will be automatically added to your registration. You are welcome to purchase additional ticket/s for guests.

Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session

Date: Monday 28 November
Time: 5.45pm-7.30pm
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

The Barbara Rice Memorial Poster Session will be held at Novotel Northbeach on the evening of Monday 28 November. Poster presenters will be standing by their posters to discuss their research in a casual and collaborative setting. Drinks and light snacks will be served.

Participation in the Barbara Rice Memorial Poster session is included for all Full Registration and Monday Day Registration categories and will be automatically added to your registration. You are welcome to purchase additional ticket/s for guests.

Queer Mixer

Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 5.45pm-6.15pm
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

The annual ESA Queer Mixer is a chance for LGBTQIA+ ecologists and allies to get together for an informal networking event. Reconnect with people you haven’t seen in a while, make new friends, feel welcome as part of the ESA community.

Cash bar available for purchase of drinks and snacks

EcoCommons Launch Event

Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

The vision of EcoCommons Australia is to give Australian practitioners and researchers access to trusted, world-leading ecological and environmental modelling tools to help protect and restore the planet. 

At the launch, on 29 November 2022, the platform will provide point-and-click dashboards to run species distribution models, species trait models, climate projections, and biosecurity risk mapping.  

Speakers at the launch will include Professor Hugh Possingham, former Queensland Chief Scientist, Robyn Cleland, Federal Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer, Rosie Hicks, ARDC CEO, Elisa Bayraktarov EcoCommons Program Manager, and MC Director of the Atlas of Living Australia, Andre Zerger

These dashboard tools exemplify scalable quantitative workflows brought to you in an online platform made possible through collaboration on data sharing, infrastructure and the exchange of knowledge.  

Users of EcoCommons will find ecological data more quickly and use the platform’s tools to analyse it. The platform is a great place to learn about modelling and climate change impacts on species distributions. 

RSVPs Required: Add to your registration if you are attending the conference OR register your attendance here if you will only be attending the launch.

SCB Social Science Working Group (SSWG) Speed Networking

Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 6.00pm-7.30pm
Venue: Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

If you are interested in networking with conservation social science professionals, join SCB’s Social Science Working Group (SSWG) for a Speed-Networking event on Tuesday night. The event is open to all graduate and undergraduate students on a first-come first-serve basis. Following the speed networking event, there will be opportunities to connect further at the SSWG-Hosted Mixer (starting at 7:30pm).

Registration required for the speed-networking event ($10). Mixer at 7.30pm open to all – no registration required.

Science Slam

Date: Tuesday 29 November
Time: 7.30pm-9.00pm
Venue: Friskys at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach


The Science Communication Research Chapter of the ESA is excited to present the Great ESA-SCBO Science Slam 2022. Join your host and MC, Russell the Growling Grass Frog, for a fun and fabulous night of performative science communication.

Using all their creativity and charisma, contestants will have 7 minutes to tell their ecological or conservation story, live on stage.

Solo performances, duos and trios are all encouraged.

There will be prizes! There will be glory! There will be science!

Apply to be a contestant
Applications to be a Science Slam contestant (individuals or groups of up to three participants) are now open, closing Friday November 11.

To apply, answer the questions in the application form and email it to Kirsten Parris at k.parris@unimelb.edu.au. All full registrants at the upcoming ESA-SCBO Joint Conference in Wollongong are eligible to apply.


ESA-SCBO 2022 Conference Dinner

Date: Wednesday 30 November
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: The Deck, Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Cost: $100 per person.

Join us on The Deck at Novotel Northbeach for a fun and casual evening at the Conference Dinner. A relaxed opportunity to network or just meet up with old and new friends over a meal and drinks. After dinner a cash bar will be available.


Date: Thursday 1 December
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: Friskys at Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Are you itching to flex your mental muscles? Join us as you wind down at the end of a busy week for some fun and challenge at the ESA -SCBO Trivia Night.

Beverages and snacks can be purchased.

We encourage you to organise yourself a team for the event. There are all sorts of prizes on offer!

Thank you to The University of Queensland’s Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science for sponsoring the Trivia night