The health and wellbeing of Country and people are connected. The oldest continuing cultures in the world – Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures – have held this truth at the core of their knowledge systems and their management practices.

Western Australia has eight out of Australia’s 15 declared biodiversity hotspots and one of the highest rates of new species discovery in the world. But the recent State of the Environment report found significant changes in some Australian ecosystems over the past five years, with at least 19 now showing signs of collapse due to pressures of climate change, habitat loss, invasive species, pollution and mining.

While many are working to make a difference, we must expand collaboration across government and nongovernment sectors by co-developing solutions with Indigenous and local communities, learning from both Indigenous and western scientific knowledge. The time for action is now.

This Conference brings together researchers and practitioners from across Country, academia, government, industry and community to share knowledge. With its strong Western Australian focus, this event promises the synergistic benefits that come from collective forward thinking.

This Conference is jointly supported and run by all five WA Universities, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions, the WA Biodiversity Science Institute and the WA Marine Science Institute.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.


Listen to Country

Our Biodiversity Assets


Learning from Setbacks

“30 by 30”

Keynote Speakers

Michael Wear

Michael Wear

Mulgana Traditional Owner and
Tidal Moon Managing Director

Dr Ian Cresswell

Dr Ian Cresswell

Adjunct Professor,
School of Agriculture and Environment,
The University of Western Australia

Hannah Brown

Hannah Brown

Environment Lead – Producing Assets, Chevron Australia Pty Ltd

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Our aim is to create an inclusive, respectful environment that invites participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientation. The open exchange of ideas, and the freedom of thought and expression are central to this conference. We actively seek to increase the diversity of our presenters, delegates and sponsors.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants. All interactions are to be respectful and constructive, including interactions prior, during the conference itself, and on social media.

Innovation Award

Professor Barry Marshall

Professor Barry Marshall, Nobel Laureate is the Ambassador for Life Sciences for the WA State Government. He is also Clinical Professor and Brand Ambassador at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Marshall has kindly donated the prize for the most innovative presentation award, which he will present at the Conference Dinner.

Biodiversity 2023 Conference shirts now available

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