BISMITHE II: 17-19 June, 2019 - Marysville, VIC

The Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment BISMITHE II Workshop builds on the inaugural Workshop in Deloraine Tasmania 2016, providing a forum to connect a diverse group of participants across Australia and New Zealand, ranging from Councils, Government departments, community members, forestry operations, environmental consultants, scientific researchers, industry, environmental groups and individuals working in fields associated with Biomass Smoke generation and smoke impacts.

START:
June 17, 2019
DURATION:
3 Days
CREDIT:
4

Address

Vibe Hotel and Conference Centre 32/42 Murchison Street Marysville, Victoria   View map

Categories

Industry Training

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

8:30 am Registration
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

12.45 pm Lunch
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.

5.00 pm Close
6.30 pm WORKSHOP DINNER

 

Day 2 – Interventions & Management

8.30 am INVITED SPEAKER

NZ Wood Heater Management Programs

9.00 am PLENARY SESSION

Wood Heaters

10.45 am Morning Tea
11.15am 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 wood heaters?

12.30 pm Lunch
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?

5.00 pm Close
6.00 pm WORKSHOP DINNER

Guest Speaker – Rebuilding Marysville

 

Day 3 – Health Impacts & Harm Minimisation

8.30 am

 

INVITED SPEAKERS

Health Impacts and Interventions

International & National perspective

10.30 am Morning Tea
11.00 am PLENARY SESSION

Interventions and Harm Minimisation

12.30 pm Lunch
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

Paul Holper
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 partner

Workshop partners will headline this event, supporting CASANZ through significant funding to present this workshop.

Workshop sponsor

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.

Other options

  • 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.

Jacinda Shen Training Manager
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

DAY 3

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