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Ipswich EnviroForum


"The Ipswich EnviroForum has really been a breath of fresh air for me - somewhere I have been able to relate with passionate like-minded people, hear very relevant and interesting topics from well sourced speakers, and all at an amazingly small cost. Even though I live and work on the Sunshine coast, the effort has been well worth it to feel connected to a wider community that really loves and lives the natural world. I wish such a well organised event could be held up my way regularly. And, yes, the food was yummy also." – Dallas Malins (EnviroForum participant)

Ipswich EnviroForum 2017: Nature Conservation in the Digital Age

Date: Friday, 2 June
Time: 8.45 am – 4.00 pm
Location: Metro Hotel Ipswich International, 43 South Street, Ipswich

We are living in a digital age, with 15.3 million Australians owning a smartphone and 11.2 million owning a tablet. Embracing this technology is important to the continued improvement and promotion of our nature conservation work. EnviroForum 2017 will discuss key technological initiatives that have helped improve the conservation work of various organisations and how embracing technology and innovation can help us protect our environment.


Guest Speakers

We are pleased to welcome the following speakers:

  • Campbell Newman (Swarm Farm Robotic Agriculture)
    With his passion for agriculture, Campbell will focus specifically on the impact of robotics and using small machines with big technology.
  • Tim and Jeremy Butler (Naeus)
    Having recently won first place in Ipswich City Council’s inaugural DigiCon Hackathon, Tim and Jeremy will present their app, Naeus, which aims to engage the community to visit Ipswich conservation estates while enabling two-way communication between Council and residents.
  • Professor Marek Kowalkiewicz and Senior Research Fellow Dr Paula Dootson
    (QUT PwC Chair in Digital Economy)
    Co-innovating with industry and university partners and with extensive academic and research experience, Marek and Paula will share their enthusiasm for innovation and identifying the potential of emerging digital technologies.
  • Stefan Sawynok (Infofish Australia)
    Data, analysis, events and the community are strong points of focus for Infofish Australia which is developing a number of new uses for existing technology.


We look forward to embracing the use of technology at EnviroForum this year - download the Guidebook app to view the full program and get updates. The sessions on offer include:

  • Calling all Robots: Robotic Technology in Practice
    Presented by Campbell Newman, Chairman, SwarmFarm Robotics
    Campbell Newman shares his experience as chairman of SwarmFarm Robotics, a start-up company delivering weed-control services using robotic agriculture.
  • Embracing Technology
    Presented by Dr Paula Dootson, Senior Research Fellow, QUT PwC Chair in Digital Economy, QUT Business School
    We live in a digital age that is transforming society. So, how do we keep things current and bring this technology into our conservation efforts? Paula will discuss the benefits and challenges of the application of technology to environmental and conservation efforts.
  • Tracking Together, Working Together
    Presented by Stefan Sawynok, Technology Manager, Infofish
    Stefan will speak about the community-driven, real time monitoring of fisheries. Insights include the importance of and mechanisms for harnessing the active fishing community to provide low-cost, high-availability data for regional fisheries.
  • Marketing Your Digital Campaigns
    Presented by Margarita Camus, Digital Marketing Strategist, Queensland Urban Utilities
    A great digital solution that moves people to value and protect the environment is a step in the right direction - but how do we get the community to use it? One of Australia’s largest water companies, Queensland Urban Utilities, has successfully implemented a number of digital campaigns and Margarita will share case studies and insights gained through this work.
  • Calling All Citizens…Let’s Do Some Citizen Science
    Presented by Tim and Jeremy Butler, Naeus and Ipswich City Council DigiCon Hackathon Winners
    In an effort to deepen community-council engagement to assist in the protection of local nature areas, Ipswich City Council recently held the DigiCon Hackathon. The competition called for innovative technological applications that both increase visitation to local conservation estates and enable clear community-council engagement. The winners, Tim and Jeremy Butler, present their innovative app and the benefits it will bring to Ipswich and surrounding areas.
  • Aerial Technology
    Presented by Nat Parker, Director, Airborne Insight
    Can we use drones to increase our understanding of conservation areas and better manage them? Nat Parker brings his knowledge, expertise and drones to the panel to discuss aerial technology and its environmental application and benefits.
  • Unconference or Pitch
    Open Floor Session
    Do you have a great idea to share? Have you implemented new technology? Want to pose a question to the group? Unconference or Pitch is an open-floor session allowing time for you to present your pitch or start the exchange of information and ideas on technology and conservation. Use Post-it notes to present your comments on the venue walls or get tweeting on Twitter using #Enviroforum2017.
  • Interactive Innovation and Networking
    Experience Ipswich’s cutting-edge innovation hub Fire Station 101, where you can meet and chat with fellow delegates and entrepreneurs dedicated to aiding the collaboration between the digital age and nature conservation. Networking drinks will be available to share with your fellow delegates. Fire Station 101 is located at 101 Limestone Street, Ipswich.


Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday, 31 May

$20 Speaker Special Ticket


Thanks to our 2017 EnviroForum partners:

Previous EnviroForums

Ipswich EnviroForum 2016: Bridging Communication Gaps

The 2016 EnviroForum focused on the theme of communication and strategies for increasing uptake in the community of environmental messages.

The day had an engaging program which included keynote addresses from author Tim Low, motivational speakers Natalie Isaacs and Blair Allsopp (last minute change as original keynote Juanita Wheeler was unwell); as well as shorter presentations from local and regional experts on the field.

New to EnviroForum this year, was the inclusion of a workshop element where participants were provided with the opportunity to share and discuss their own experiences when it comes to communicating with specific target groups.

Download a copy of the EnviroForum 2016 Program (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Download a copy of the Inspiration Café Discussion Notes (PDF, 989.3 KB) detailing workshop outcomes.

Thanks to our 2016 EnviroForum partners

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Ipswich EnviroForum 2015: Sharing Water Wisdom for a Sustainable Future

The theme for the 2015 EnviroForum, held on the 1 May 2015, related to water and took delegates on a journey through multiple aspects of sustainable water management, from rehabilitation of riparian areas to the services provided to the community from local water bodies who provide recreational activities, water supply and treatment, hazard reduction and more. The forum had a particular focus on the importance of collaborations and relationships.

As an added bonus, on the day before the forum, Thursday, 30 April 2015, Seqwater hosted a field trip to specifically suit the requirements of the Ipswich EnviroForum. This field trip took delegtaes on a tour of the Wivenhoe dam wall as well as the Mount Crosby water treatment plant.

A copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2015  (PDF, 580.5 KB)
Photos of the event are available here: 2015 EnviroForum photos (PDF, 2.6 MB)

A number of the presentations delivered at the EnviroForum 2015 are now available:

Assessing and classifying the condition and values of waterways in the Ipswich LGA by Steve Skull (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Brentwood rise wetlands by Christoph Pester (PDF, 5.7 MB)
Flood of ideas by Andrew ONeill (PDF, 2.5 MB)
How well do we really understand urban stormwater issues by Alan Hoban (PDF, 2.1 MB)
ICC Integrated Water Strategy A total water cycle framework by Emma ONeill (PDF, 2.2 MB)
ICC Partnership programs by Stephani Grove and Cheryl Kempton (PDF, 10.1 MB)
Riparian reforestation to increase water filtration and reduce runoff by Susanne Schmidt (PDF, 4.9 MB)
Sharing Catchment Knowledge and Connecting Communities by Hannah Collins (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Take me to the river by Andrew Davidson (PDF, 4.6 MB)
Urban creek recovery in a regional approach by Matthew Fullerton (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Re-engaging citizen scientists through their phones by James Udy (PDF, 1.4 MB)

Thanks to our 2015 EnviroForum partners

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Ipswich EnviroForum 2014: Biodiversity in Focus – Celebrating Success

The first ever Ipswich EnviroForum, held on the 9 May 2014, provided delegates with a closer look into current trends and studies surrounding biodiversity within the South East Queensland region.

A copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2014 (PDF, 4.4 MB)