Smoke from burning vegetation (Biomass Smoke) is a key air pollutant in Australia and New Zealand. This will continue with our changing climate that is predicted to be drier with increased frequency of extreme weather events. Numerous sources of Biomass Smoke contribute to cumulative impacts for day/s or weeks depending on the prevailing meteorological conditions and the circumstances of the smoke generation. Tackling and managing the issue is challenging and requires a multifaceted, multidiscipline and innovative approach.
BISMITHE II provides a mechanism to share knowledge, information, develop collaborative initiatives, guide the design and implementation of programs and strategies to manage the impacts and reduce harm from Biomass Smoke. A broad range of themes covering bushfire and planned burn smoke, wood heater smoke management initiatives, ideas for improved regulation, insights into wood smoke and community attitudes, health impacts and risk assessment, air monitoring/low cost sensors, evaluation of intervention and pilot programs will be presented and discussed at the Workshop.
More information will be available shortly
BISMITHE II is an interactive workshop designed to highlight the new and innovative techniques used to measure, assess and manage biomass smoke. Invited speakers will present on their specialist area, with a professional moderator used to facilitate the workshop panel sessions. Invited speakers include Dr Martin Cope, CSIRO and Associate Professor Fay Johnson (University of Tasmania).
Day 1 – Impact Measurement, Assessment & Prediction
|9:00 am||Workshop Opening|
|9.15 am||PLENARY SESSION
Smoke Impacts – International & National perspective
|10.35 am||Morning Tea|
|11.00 am||PLENARY SESSION
Monitoring & Assessment Programs
|1.45 pm||PLENARY SESSION
Remote sensing and Forecasting
|3.05 pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3.30 pm||PANEL SESSION
Building a robust and tailored smoke impact and prediction systems to assess wide spread smoke impacts.
|6.30 pm||WORKSHOP DINNER|
Day 2 – Interventions & Management
|8.30 am||INVITED SPEAKER
NZ Wood Heater Management Programs
|9.00 am||PLENARY SESSION
|10.45 am||Morning Tea|
What interventions, programs and initiatives have been found to be effective and what is needed in the future to reduce smoke impacts from wood heaters?
|1.30 pm||PLENARY SESSION
Private and Prescribed Burning
|3.00 pm||Afternoon Tea|
|3.30 pm||PANEL SESSION
What interventions, programs and initiatives have been found to be effective and what is needed in the future to reduce smoke impacts from private and prescribed burning?
|6.00 pm||WORKSHOP DINNER
Guest Speaker – Rebuilding Marysville
Day 3 – Health Impacts & Harm Minimisation
Health Impacts and Interventions
International & National perspective
|10.30 am||Morning Tea|
|11.00 am||PLENARY SESSION
Interventions and Harm Minimisation
|1.15 pm||PANEL SESSION
What initiatives and intervention programs are needed to better manage health impacts and reduce harm from smoke impacts in the future?
|3.00 pm||Workshop Close|
Director, Scientell Pty Ltd
Paul Holper is co-Director of Scientell, a science and environment communication company established in 2015. The company specialises in distilling technical information into clear messages for non-technical audiences.
Paul previously worked for CSIRO in roles including State Relationship Manager for Victoria and Communication Manager for Atmospheric Research. From 2003 to 2014, Paul managed CSIRO’s involvement in the Australian Climate Change Science Program, the nation’s largest such research activity.
He was convenor of the high-profile Australian climate change science GREENHOUSE conference series. The conferences in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 each attracted more than 400 Australian and international delegates.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and Graduate Diplomas in Education, and Science Communication. He is an award-winning author, and has written more than 20 science books for children and for adults.
Marysville is a beautiful town located in pristine natural surroundings. The town was devasted by the Black Saturday fires in 2009 and has rebuilt and is welcoming visitors. CASANZ selected Marysville for BISMITHE II to support the local community and provide a contextual setting for the smoke focused workshop.
More Marysville information is available here.
More venue information is available here.
The workshop will be held at the Vibe Conference Centre, Marysville. Accommodation at the Vibe Hotel is offered to delegates at the special rate of $169 per night (including breakfast).
CASANZ welcomes sponsorship for this event.
Workshop partners will headline this event, supporting CASANZ through significant funding to present this workshop.
Workshop sponsors will receive a cloth covered trestle table, space for one banner, and registration for two people at the workshop and workshop dinners. The sponsor’s tables will be in the main conference space where morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is served. Workshop sponsor logos will be added to workshop marketing materials. Five workshop sponsor places are available. Contact the Administration Office for pricing on sponsorship.
- Help student delegates attend
- Assist with the catering costs
- Provide support to the travel fund
- Assist us with name tags and delegate materials
- Other ideas – contact us to discuss!
Please contact Vicki Callaway, CASANZ General Manager, to discuss this opportunity via email.
FULL WORKSHOP – includes dinner on Day 2
Member – AUD$720
Non-Member – AUD$1050
NOTE: It is cheaper to become an individual member of CASANZ than pay the non member price. Join here.
Student/Retired – AUD$360
DAY 1 or 2
Member – AUD$300
Non-Member – AUD$440
Student/Retired – AUD$150
Council – AUD$280
Dinner – AUD$80 – Day 2 only
Member – AUD$250
Non-Member – AUD$390
Student/Retired – AUD$100
Council – AUD$230
Late Registration, after 17 October, 2018, will incur an additional administration fee: AUD$100