The SA NRM Science Conference is the largest regular gathering of NRM scientists and practitioners from across South Australia and beyond. The biennial conference is an excellent opportunity to learn about the latest thinking in climate science, threatened species recovery, landscape restoration, water management and a range of other themes of relevance to our mission at NGT.
Held at the University of Adelaide on April 10-11, the conference this year was attended by NGT’s Mark Bachmann, Sylvia Zukowski, Tessa Roberts, Nick Whiterod and Ben Taylor.
Mark presented an update on our on-ground hydrological restoration work at Glenshera Swamp on the Fleurieu Peninsula, which he introduced at the last NRM conference in 2016, way back before works had begun. Nick gave a talk on small-bodied fish conservation in the lower River Murray, while Sylvia spoke about Aquasave’s ‘Great Goolwa Cockle Challenge‘ citizen science project.
For a modest fee, NGT secured a display table in the conference marquee, which was staffed by Tessa, Ben and Mark. The table certainly made networking easy, with a broad range of conference delegates dropping past to learn more about our organisation, including land-holders, researchers, graduates, NRM professionals and other government and non-government land-managers.
Overall, NGTs message of pro-active, on-ground focussed action and research was very positively received – which is really fantastic. Building relationships, raising our profile, keeping up to date with new science and ideas and exposing our own work to constructive feedback – these are some of the benefits we’ve witnessed from participating in the 2018 SA NRM Science Conference. Well done to the organisers for putting on a great event!