The Australian Rangeland Society returns to Canberra for its 20th Biennial Conference from 2-5 September 2019.  This conference provides an ideal forum for obtaining up-to-date information about the latest developments, exchanging ideas, identifying future trends and networking with the national and international community of rangelands researchers and practitioners.

With a theme of Resilient future rangelands: integrating environment and livelihoods, this year’s conference will consider issues such as management of rangelands in the face of change, improving land use productivity, diversifying livelihoods, sustainable land use, social licence to operate the importance of Indigenous local knowledge, and of women, to enabling resilient rangelands and coping with change.

The Conference will take place at the new Kambri Convention Centre at the Australian National University.   Discounted accommodation is available at University House which is on campus, and just a short walk from the Kambri Centre, the conference venue.


Conference Registration – Now Open

Online registration for the Conference is now available through the conference website and directly through this link.  Early bird discounts (save $100) are available for those who register by 10 July 2019.


Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters – closes 1 May 2019

The Conference Organising Committee is currently calling for the submission of abstracts for posters and presentations, to support Australian rangelands practitioners and researchers showcase how their practices, connections, and diversity provide policy advice and practical solutions for managing rangelands in a changing climatic, social and political environment in Australia and overseas.

The conference programme will be guided by three overarching themes that are important to the conference’s focus on resilient future rangelands:

  • Explore the big issues for rangeland management in times of changing markets, environments and societal expectations
  • Identify opportunities for aligning policies to support the resilience of rangelands communities and environments
  • Incorporate emerging technologies, new practices and innovative social arrangements in the rangelands

Additional information and guidelines for submissions is available here.


Key Conference Activities

The core Conference is proposed to run from Monday evening (2 September 2019) with a welcome reception to Thursday lunchtime (5 September 2019), with the Monday and Thursday afternoon available for additional activities as follows:

Monday 2 September

  • Field tours
  • Early career day option
  • Optional time for workshops
  • Evening welcome reception

Tuesday 3 September

  • Opening plenary session, with possible reflective policy panel session
  • 3x quarter day parallel sessions (only 2 in parallel)
  • End of day (sponsored) drinks and poster session
  • Free evening for dinner

Wednesday 4 September

  • Plenary session
  • 3x quarter day parallel sessions (only 2 in parallel)
  • End of day (sponsored) drinks and poster session
  • Conference dinner

Thursday 5 September

  • ARS business meeting over breakfast
  • 1x quarter day parallel session (only 2 in parallel)
  • Closing plenary
  • Optional afternoon workshops


Further Information

Further details about the conference will be provided on the conference website ( as they become available.  Any additional questions can be directed to the Conference Secretariat, Kaigi Conferencing and Events – Email: or Tel: 02 6198 3218.