We would love to take everyone who wants to come, but unfortunately the format of the conference only works with a limited number of people. All you need to do is to email Sonia Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) by close of business on 9 August 2019 (**note the closing date has been extended from 2 August to 9 August**), attaching:
- A brief CV (3 pages maximum, less is great)
- Up to 200 words explaining what you believe are the highest priority actions we, the conference participants, can work on together that will deliver the greatest contribution to radically improve weed management research, policy and practice in Australia.
- Up to 100 words explaining how your presence will benefit the meeting.
Please email your CV in a separate document to the highest priorities and your potential contributions.
We aim to inform applicants of the outcome by 22 August 2019.
A maximum of 30 participants from around Australia will be invited with a view to balancing discipline expertise, international representation and gender as far as is possible. Other than that, it is hard to be specific. We want the best meeting, not necessarily the people with the best CV, and we can only judge this very subjectively and on the basis of who applies.
We are keenly aware that many early career professionals have limited finances available to attend conferences and that many parents find it difficult to attend conferences because of the challenges of finding alternative childcare arrangements. Funds have therefore been allocated to support early career applicants to attend and parents to subsidise their choice of childcare. The funds will be allocated by the organising committee, tiered towards the number of eligible applicants and costs involved
There are a few expectations if you accept an offer of a place at the workshop:
- You must attend the entire meeting, from start to finish.
- You must be prepared to involve yourself throughout the meeting, no matter how unusual the sessions may be or how many emails are piling up in your inbox.
- You must be prepared to engage actively! This is one of the few chances you will ever have to be a full participant in a lively debate, so you must take the opportunity.
- Everyone will be given a specific task to perform, either before, during or after the meeting. There will be scope for negotiation about which tasks you are allocated, but you will be expected to take responsibility for some aspect of the meeting and you must do it in a timely manner. That way it becomes your meeting, not the organisers’. Examples before the meeting might include producing a short webcast, helping to organise how a particular session will be run, or spearheading the development of a manuscript or media release. At the meeting you might be asked to run/chair a session, give a presentation, run a quiz night, summarise sessions or collate photos taken on the afternoon hikes.
- There will be no opportunity for you to give a formal presentation of your work or a poster! It is not that sort of a meeting! Other conferences cater for that. However, your past, present or future work will no doubt be relevant to the debates.
- The idea is that the workshop is the start of a long-term project among participants. It is therefore expected that every participant will commit to working on a part of the action plan beyond the end of the conference.
- Unfortunately, spouses will not be allowed unless they are invited on their own merit as participants or are coming to provide childcare support.
- Once you have applied, please let us know as soon as possible if your situation changes so that we can offer your place to someone else.