Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment (BISMITHE II): 17-19 June, 2019 - Melbourne, VIC

The Biomass Smoke in the Human Environment Workshop (BISMITHE II) is an interactive event 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 Johnston (University of Tasmania). The program also includes limited space for paper presentations. Submit an abstract to present your perspective on this important topic.

June 17, 2019
3 Days


University House - University of Melbourne - 10th Floor, Melbourne Law School, Pelham Street, Carlton   View map


Industry Training

BISMITHE II builds on the success of the 2016 BISMITHE event held in Deloraine, Tasmania.  These workshops aim to highlight the innovative, new and unique tools to assess and manage biomass smoke. Additionally, we hope to contribute to the field through providing a forum for collaboration and advancement of ideas by sharing knowledge and experiences.

The three-day workshop has daily themes covering all aspects of smoke assessment and management:

Day 1: Impact measurement, assessment and prediction

Day 2: Interventions and management

Day 3: Health impacts and harm minimisation

We welcome keynote presenters, invited speakers and paper presentations from a diverse group of participants ranging from Councils, Government departments, community members, forestry operations, environmental consultants and scientific researchers, industry environmental groups and individuals working in fields associated with biomass smoke generation and smoke impacts.


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.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and partners.


The following draft program is subject to change

View the full preliminary program here.

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.

The event has over 30 invited speakers ranging from academics, government representatives, fire officers, health professionals, researchers and local council representatives. Click here for more detailed speaker information.

Ms Sarah Balmanno


Strategic Policy and Programs


Ms Rose Bell

Research, Information and Evaluation Coordinator

Asthma Australia

Dr Angie Bone

Acting Chief Health Officer

Department of Health and Human Services

Dr Martin Cope

Principal Research Scientist

Oceans and Atmospheres

Climate Science Centre


Dr Maximilien Desservettaz

Research Fellow

Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry

University of Wollongong

Research Technician

Oceans and Atmosphere

Climate Science Centre


Mr Maheshinderjeet Garg

Ms Wendy Grenville

Ms Liz Hamilton

Dr Ivan Hanigan

Sarah B. Henderson PhD

Senior Scientist

Envirornmental Health Services

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)

University of British Columbia (UBC)

School of Population & Public Health

Dr Andrea Hinwood

Chief Environmental Scientist

EPA Victoria

Dr John Innis

EPA Tasmania

Associate Professor Fay Johnston

Associate Professor

Public Health and Primary Care Theme

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

University of Tasmania

Ms Ruby Kan

Principal Scientist

Atmospheric Research

Office of Environment & Heritage, NSW

Mr Peter Lahm

Dr Ian Longley

Air Quality Scientist

Programme Leader – Atmospheric Environment, Health and Society


Mr Chris Lucani

Postgraduate, University of Tasmania

Mr Angus MacNeil

Business Manager (and Coordinated Smoke Management Systems Manager)

Forest Practices Authority


Ms Sally MacPhail

Mr Leon Majewski

Team Leader, Satellite Applications Team

Bureau of Meteorology

Mr Laurence McCoy

Supervisor, Bush Fire Analyst

Operational Services/Planning and Predictive Services

NSW Rural Fire Service

Mr Darrin McKenzie

Mr Bruce Mogg

Australian Home Heating Association

Mr Geoff Morris

Professor Ian Porter

Professor Brad Prezant

Dr Owen Price

Senior Research Fellow

Centre for Environmental Risk Management of Bushfire

University of Wollongong

Dr Fabienne Reisen

Team Leader | Principal Rsearch Scientist

Oceans & Atmoshphere | Climate Science Centre CSIRO

Dr Dorothy L. Robinson

Ms Stephanie Samson

Dr Yvonne Scorgie

Senior Team Leader, Climate and Atmospheric Science

Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW

Dr Paul Torre

Senior Applied Scientist

Air & Odour

Environmental Solutions Unit

Environmental Protection Authority Victoria

Mr Mark Upton

Dr Amanda Wheeler

Senior Research Fellow

Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program

Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Australian Catholic University

Dr Grant Williamson

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Tasmania

Dr Emily Wilton

Air Quality Scientist and Company Director

Environet Limited

University House
University of Melbourne
10th floor
Melbourne Law School
Pelham Street


There are many accommodation options close to Melbourne University, Parkville Campus.

Recommended booking sites are:


How to get to the venue:

By Train

The closest City Loop station is Melbourne Central. From here you can catch a tram, or walk to campus.

By Tram

  • From Elizabeth Street catch tram number 19 to Stop 9 (Haymarket roundabout)
  • From Swanston Street catch tram number 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 or 72 to Stop 3 (Lincoln Square)

On Foot

The Parkville campus is a 15 to 20 minute walk north of Melbourne’s CBD and 5 to 10 minute walk from Carlton.

By Car

Pay per use parking is available at:

  • University Square: Enter via Bouverie Street or Berkeley Street
  • Eastern Precinct: Enter via Cardigan Street, near the corner of Elgin Street


CASANZ relies on support from our generous partners and sponsors to be able to present relevant and important events, such as BISMITHE II.   Part of our objective is to ensure members and other stakeholders are well informed about air quality problems and solutions.  CASANZ welcomes sponsorship for this event and invites you to show your support.

Event Partner – A$10,000 (ex gst) – 1 available

CASANZ would welcome a partner for this important event.

As event partner you will be recognised during the opening address each day, throughout the three day event and also on event display materials.

In addition, your organisation will be prominently profiled in all email and social media campaigns, marketing materials and displayed on the CASANZ website as the event partner.

The event partner is also entitled to a free exhibition opportunity.

Event Sponsor – A$5,000 (ex gst)

As an event sponsor you will be recognised throughout the three day event and also on event display materials.

In addition, your company logo will be displayed in all email and social media campaigns, marketing materials and on the CASANZ website as an event sponsor.

Event sponsors are also entitled to a free exhibition opportunity.

Dinner Sponsor – A$3,000 (ex gst) – 1 available

Recognition during the opening address at event dinner as a sponsor and also on event display materials.

In addition, your company logo will be included in email and social media campaigns, marketing materials and displayed as a sponsor of the event on the CASANZ website.

Exhibition Opportunities – $1,000 (ex gst)

Exhibitions are provided via a clothed trestle table where you can display your products, services and related literature.  Exhibitors can also display pull up banners.

The exhibition space will be located alongside the plenary room.  Floor plan available on request.

In addition, your company logo will be included in email and social media campaigns, marketing materials and displayed on the CASANZ website as an exhibitor at the event.

The exhibition price includes registration for 1 person to attend the BISMITHE II sessions, across the 3 days, not including the dinner.

Other options:

  • Help student delegates attend
  • 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 or phone +61 3 9727 3911.

The success of this workshop is dependent on hearing from a wide range of speakers on biomass smoke and air quality. Limited places are available for ten minute paper presentations on any topic relevant to one of the daily themes:

Day 1: Impact measurement, assessment and prediction

Day 2: Interventions and management

Day 3: Health impacts and harm minimisation

To register your interest in presenting at this workshop please submit an abstract outlining the key premise of your presentation.  Abstracts should not exceed 1 A4 page.

Submit your abstract by 20 May 2019.

FULL EVENT – includes dinner on Day 2

Member – AUD$720

Council – AUD $650

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

Council – AUD$280

Non-Member – AUD$440

Student/Retired – AUD$150

Dinner – AUD$80 – Day 2 only


Member – AUD$250

Council – AUD$230

Non-Member – AUD$390

Student/Retired – AUD$100

Late Registration, after 5 June, 2019, will incur an additional administration fee: AUD$100

Jacinda Shen Training Manager