Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment (BISMITHE)
The Tasmanian EPA Division in association with the CASANZ is running a workshop 'Biomass smoke in the human environment' (BISMITHE) to highlight the real-world consequence of living in an environment with exposure to smoke particle pollution. The term ‘Biomass smoke’ is considered to include smoke from domestic heating, planned burns, and wildfires.
The workshop will be held in Deloraine, Tasmania on the 12-14 July 2016. This sites the meeting in a contextual environment, and potentially provides out-of-state attendees with an opportunity for field-visits to gain familiarity with Tasmanian circumstances.
Day 1 - Welcome - Woodheater/Woodburner Smoke in Australia and New Zealand
· Morning: Where are the problems and how big is it?
· Afternoon: Regulation/education/interventions, policy/legislation
· Evening: Public Forum ‘Woodsmoke - and what I should know about it’ (or similar)
(a light evening meal will be available to attendees prior to the forum)
Day 2 – Smoke Measurement - Planned burns/wildfire smoke
· Morning: Smoke measurement, emissions and characterisation
· Afternoon: Planned burns, wildfires - smoke impacts, management, modelling and climate change issues
· Evening: Workshop dinner
Day 3 – Health Impacts and issues and the future
· Session start to morning tea: Health impacts and issues
· Morning tea to lunch: Synthesis from the workshop themes, the future
· Lunch ~ 12:30 and close 13:30 to allow for travel to airport
There will be time allocated in each session for discussion.
Call for Presentations:
The program organising committee welcomes submissions of presentations on any of the general topics noted earlier, or on other issues related to smoke in the human environment. Abstracts can be prepared using the standard CASANZ template (click here). Closing date for submissions is Tuesday, 7 June, 2016. The committee will consider all submissions and make the selection for presentation in keeping with the overall aims of the workshop.
SUBMISSION CLOSE DATE: 7 JUNE, 2016
12 - 14 July, 2016
8.30am-5.30pm Tuesday and Wednesday
Deloraine Community Centre
Click here for map.
Tuesday, 14 June, 2016
*$125 Council (Tuesday only)
* Note: A special rate for council environmental health officers for the first day (Tuesday) of the workshop is $125.00. This reduced fee does not include the airport and hotel transfers or the Wednesday workshop dinner, but does include all food (morning and afternoon tea, lunch and the pre-forum meal) for the day. The Council rate can only be purchase via the Registration Form.
To download the Registration Form click here.
To download the Workshop Brochure click here.
To receive a copy of the Abstract Template, please contact Denice Barker: Email
REGISTRATION CLOSE: 14 JUNE, 2016
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Deloraine, ranging from Backpackers to Bed and Breakfasts, country hotels, and heritage accommodation.
The Great Western Tiers Tourism Centre (http://greatwesterntiers.net.au/highlights/great-western-tiers-visitor-centre) offers a free accommodation booking service. Call them directly on (61) 03 63 625280 or email on email@example.com and they will negotiate a price with the various accommodation places on your behalf. (You can mention you are attending ‘the EPA smoke workshop’ in your message.)
To view accommodation options please visit http://www.greatwesterntiers.net.au/accommodation
Accommodation should be booked as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We also suggest you plan to arrive on Monday, 11 July, 2016 – see ‘Transport’ below.
We recommend that if you are travelling to Tasmania for the meeting that you plan to arrive at Launceston airport on the afternoon of Monday, 11 July, 2016. One shuttle bus service (cost included in the registration fee) for conference attendees will operate on this Monday in the late afternoon/evening, travelling from Launceston airport to Deloraine, and timed to suit as many attendees as possible. The return shuttle to the airport will travel on Thursday at about 1:30 pm. There will also be a ‘hotel to conference venue’ shuttle on Tuesday and Wednesday (morning and evening) and on Thursday morning (cost also included in the registration).
There is plenty of free parking at the venue for those driving to the workshop.
Other transport options:
Taxi: from Launceston to Deloraine this will cost approximately $120.00 - $150.00. To arrange a taxi please call Taxi Combined Services on 131 008.
Car hire: A number of hire car companies operate at Launceston airport.
There is an ‘Airport to the Launceston Transit centre’ shuttle bus that runs regularly during the day. Redline Bus Service runs buses from the Launceston Transit Centre to Deloraine. For specific times please visit http://www.tasredline.com.au/ Note: In general, buses to Deloraine depart from Launceston in the afternoons, and buses to Launceston depart Deloraine in the mornings. These times would not allow attendees to bus from Launceston airport to Deloraine on the morning the conference starts. Hence we have organised the conference ‘airport-Deloraine’ shuttle bus for the Monday and Thursday as noted.
Ferry: For sailing times and bookings please visit http://www.spiritoftasmania.com.au and for connecting bus services from Devonport to Deloraine please visit http://www.tasredline.com.au/
Student travel assistance
We hope to be able to provide some travel assistance to students enrolled in research studies on smoke-related issues. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for further details.
Catering and dietary requirements
Registration includes morning and afternoon tea and lunch, as well as the pre-forum meal on Tuesday, and the conference dinner on Wednesday for those attending for 3 days. Food will be provided by the highly regarded Deloraine Deli. The Deli takes pride in using as much locally sourced produce as possible, and they have provided a menu based on availability.
Please provide details on any specific dietary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure that your needs are accommodated during the workshop.
This will be held in Deloraine on the evening of Wednesday, 13 July, 2016. More information regarding the dinner (cost included in the full 3-day registration) will be available shortly.
We guarantee (almost!) that the weather will be brisk to freezing outside, with a chance of rain (possibly with snow on the nearby hills), but mild to very pleasant and dry inside!
Don’t let the cold slow you down, bring your winter woollies, coats, hats, gloves and thermals with you as there are lovely walks, historic buildings, cafes, and many artist studios to explore. Warm ‘sleepwear’ (or a large fluffy teddy) may also be an advantage.
Conference organising committees
Program organising committee (in alphabetical order): Travis Ancelet (GNS, NZ), Gavin Fisher (EPA Vic, Aus), John Innis (EPA Tas, Aus), Ashok Luhar (CSIRO, Aus), Tim Mallet (Environment Canterbury, NZ), Katie Proctor (Meander Valley Council, Tas, Aus), Pushan Shah (EPA SA, Aus).
Local organising committee (so far): Denice Barker (EPA Tas), Ellis Cox (EPA Tas), John Innis (EPA Tas).
We look forward to seeing you in Deloraine in July.