2017 GFRAS APEN International Conference
The Ville Resort-Casino - Sir Leslie Thiess Drive
Townsville, Queensland
12-15 September

Facilitating Balanced Change for Rural and Urban Communities
Profitability & sustainability, land & sea, private & public, farms & communities

The conference was held jointly with GFRAS (http://www.g-fras.org/en/) and followed the 2017 GFRAS Annual General meeting to be held in Ingham, North Queensland. The conference is an international meeting for rural advisory practitioners, researchers and academics that combines the best extension research and practice from developing and developed countries.                   

 Gold Sponsors

In North Queensland we have both wet and dry tropical agriculture and a very large marine park that is managed for a range of uses. We will showcase the integration of production and natural resource management extension in the wet and dry tropics that focuses on achieving outcomes that meet the environmental needs of the rainforest and reef as well as the economic and social needs of dryland and irrigated agricultural production in the tropics.





 Key themes for the conference were:

 * Gender balance and affirmative action
 * Planning, monitoring and evaluating
 * Developing agricultural innovation systems
 * Building social capital and resilience
 * Incorporating new media in extension
 * Policies and trends in rural advisory services
 * Achieving health, NRM, production and social outcomes

See more information about the conference from the conference website.



APEN Conference Call for Abstracts

The oppportunity to submit an abstract has now passed but these links are here for reference.

See Call for Abstracts for information Final Call!  Abstract template.

Deadlines & submission - for Final Call

 * Paper Abstracts  due as soon as you can  to roy@agribizrde.com. Use the abstract guidelines and template available above.
 * Authors notified 15th August 2017.
 * Authors submit paper to journal for review by the conference  (only those seeking to publish).

 Silver Sponsors



Oral and Poster Presentations

Some guidelines are provided here to assist in preparations for the conference.
Presentation Guide
Poster Guidelines

APEN Awards for Excellence in Extension - see here for details.   Nominations now closed.



The Final program for the GFRAS and APEN events is available here.

Guest speakers for the APEN Conference, workshop leaders and speakers and abstracts are at: www.apen.org.au/IC-2017-guest-speakers

The GFRAS meeting and APEN International Conference went very well.  Lots of information, lots of networking and fun too.

Here are some Press Releases - it was a great success for Ingham!  



Questions about the conference can be directed to Rosemary Currie, APEN  Secretariat (info@apen.org.au, +61 2 6024 5349) or
Lawrence Di Bella, Conference Convenor (ldibella@hcspl.com.au, +61 7 47786 1808)


 Bronze Sponsors