Program

The moment you've all been waiting for is here!

The final program for the 2nd Australian Biosecurity Symposium is now available, outlining the sessions and speakers. With Costa Georgiadis back as our MC and presentations from keynote speakers including Dr Norman Swan, Anika Molesworth and Dr Debbie Eagles, this is the biosecurity event of the year you won’t want to miss out on.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

*Program is subject to changes, please keep up to date with this page for the latest versions.

MC - Costa Georgiadis

Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people. As co-creator and host of Costa’s Garden Odyssey for SBS, he caught the attention of a nation. Since 2013, Costa has continued his journey as the much-loved host of one of the ABC’s most iconic and Logie award-winning programs, Gardening Australia. Costa is a must have TV and radio guest on talkshows, lifestyle programs, current affairs programs, gameshows and brings the comedy gold in unexpected places to audiences young and old. As Costa the Garden Gnome on ABC Kid’s Get Grubby TV, he shares his love of nature and joy of gardening for a new generation of garden planet dwellers. He wins hearts wherever he goes and his presenting work with Gardening Australia has been acknowledged with a Silver Logie and an AACTA Award.

Beyond the screen, Costa is deeply involved with the importance of biodiversity and habitat, regenerative agriculture, permaculture and holistic land practices that deal with the issues arising from a rapidly urbanising world. The story of soil is a driving narrative for him. Through his workshops, lectures, keynotes, expos and other events, Costa is actively involved in delivering his message to the broader community. His work with pre-schools, primary and high schools, TAFE colleges, universities, industry groups and community organisations demonstrates his ability to convey his knowledge of a permanent self-sustaining culture to any audience.

Most weekends you will find Costa deep in conversation and immersed in workshops at community events across the nation. You may even see him having a surf, on the side of the road taking pictures, at a farmers market, or yarning on country with communities making new friends everywhere, discussing what’s growing in their backyards, how best to solve a garden or issue in their landscape or making a video callout for a distant relative. He lives and breathes gardening, relishing the natural world and our connection to it. Costa’s long-awaited book, Costa’s World: Gardening for the soul, the soil and the suburbs is available now from ABC Books.

Keynote speakers

Welcome Reception

Join us for a networking event following registration. Drinks and canapes included.

18:00

Morning activity

Kickstart the day and join us for a walk, run or yoga along the grounds of the Royal Pines Resort.

07:00

Introduction

The Symposium will commence with an introduction from our MC, Costa Georgiadis and the Welcome to Country.

09:00

Keynote: Dr Anika Molesworth, Farming thought leader, researcher and future shaper

Anika will draw on her ‘empowering actions’ in the farming sector to address the impact of climate change on our farms and highlight the wins and challenges she’s faced in bringing about change.

09:45

Morning tea

10:45

Concurrent session #1

Concurrent sessions - more information about presentations will be available with the finalisation of the program.

11:25

Lunch

12:45

Keynote session

Details to come.

13:45

Concurrent Session #2

Concurrent sessions - more information about presentations will be available with the finalisation of the program.

14:30

Afternoon tea

15:30

Symposium Dinner

Join us for a three-course meal including a keynote presentation from MC, Costa Georgiadis

19:00

Morning activity

Kickstart the day and join us for a walk, run or yoga along the grounds of the Royal Pines Resort.

07:00

Introduction

Welcome Day 2 with an introduction from our MC, Costa Georgiadis. 

09:00

Panel Discussion: Connecting the dots – enhancing the system and its resilience

The panel will focus on key activities - such as the national biosecurity strategy - and how they can be effectively integrated to ensure the ongoing enhancement and resilience of the Australian biosecurity system.

09:10

Morning tea

10:15

Concurrent session #3

Concurrent sessions - more information about presentations will be available with the finalisation of the program.

10:45

Lunch

12:25

Concurrent session #4

Concurrent sessions - more information about presentations will be available with the finalisation of the program.

13:25

Keynote: Dr Norman Swan, Health journalist and host of RN’s Health Report and Coronacast

Norman will share his experiences and knowledge in ‘mainstreaming’ important messages to a broad audience - bridging the gap from awareness to practice change. His address will provide delegates with key takeaways on how we can mainstream the importance of biosecurity practices, bringing about positive and sustained engagement from the broader population.

14:30

Closing Statements

Closing statements from each CEO across the four organisations. 

15:30
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