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Western Australia has eight out of Australia’s 15 declared biodiversity hotspots and one of the highest rates of new species discovery in the world. It is rich in mineral, oil and gas resources, with a significant agricultural sector and ever spreading urban sprawl. In addition, fire regimes are changing across the State.

These factors erode the natural resilience of ecosystems across wide regions and have a profound impact on the delicate balance of these unique biodiversity hotspots.

This Conference brings together researchers and practitioners across academia, government, industry and community to share scientific knowledge, biodiversity informatics and best practice in biodiversity conservation. From the local focus, this event promises the synergistic benefits that come from collective forward thinking.

This Conference is jointly supported and run by all five WA Universities, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, the WA Biodiversity Science Institute and eLife.

Indigenous Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation as the Traditional Owners of the Perth region and thank them and their community for their continuing stewardship of Country. We pay our respect to all Indigenous Australians, their cultures, and to Elders past and present.

Conference Themes

Indigenous Stewardship

Our Biodiversity Assets

Threats and Their Impact

Trends and Conditions

Technology and Innovation

Restoration and Conservation

Conference Program

Keynote Speakers


Eddie Van Etten - Biodiversity Conference Committee

Professor Emerita Carmen Lawrence

Senior Honorary Research Fellow, School of Psychological Science, The University of Western Australia

Stephen van Leeuwen - Biodiversity Conference Committee

Professor Stephen van Leeuwen

BHP/Curtin Indigenous Professor in Biodiversity & Environmental Science, Curtin University

Eddie Van Etten - Biodiversity Conference Committee

Professor Kerrie Wilson

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Sustainability Strategy, Queensland University of Technology

Innovation Award 

Eddie Van Etten - Biodiversity Conference Committee

Professor Barry Marshall

Professor Barry Marshall, Nobel Laureate is the Ambassador for Life Sciences for the WA State Government. He is also Clinical Professor and Brand Ambassador at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Marshall has kindly donated the prize for the most innovative presentation award, which he will present at the Conference Dinner.

Biodiversity School Program

As part of Biodiversity 2021, an innovative new biotechnology education venture, BioBarcode Australia will bring 32 W.A. high school students from 8 schools to the conference on Thursday September 16th. The students will showcase DNA barcoding of species as part of Biobarcodes’ flagship project, The Australian Barcode for Life Project. The students will be ‘live in the lab’ on campus from 10am, then join delegates over lunch, followed by a brief presentation by the students later that afternoon. This exciting aspect of the conference will highlight how engaging the next generation in conservation technology can contribute significantly to our efforts to save our species. BioBarcode Australia has been established by Pauline Charman, passionate science educator.

Supported by the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), The University of Western Australia.

Why Attend

Professional Development

Be exposed to the latest research, best practice and biodiversity informatics.

Field Trips

Visit exceptional ecosystems and habitats.

Leading Keynotes

Hear from leading keynote speakers, uncovering new ideas and sparking inspiration.


Collaborate with your peers, share ideas and make new connections.

Industry Updates

Discover innovative producst and services from the leading industry professionals.

Experience Perth

Discover Perth’s night life, eateries, landmarks and Indigenous history.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Our aim is to create an inclusive, respectful environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. The open exchange of ideas, and the freedom of thought and expression are central to this conference. We actively seek to increase the diversity of our presenters, delegates and sponsors.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants. All interactions are to be respectful and constructive, including interactions prior, during the conference itself, and on social media.

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Conference Convenor
Susan Marie, UWA

Registration Queries
Julie Jerbic
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