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 is being held jointly with GFRAS (http://www.g-fras.org/en/) and follows 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 are:

 * 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

We are inviting submission of abstracts of potential presentations at the conference. Options for presenting may include oral presentations of approximately 20 minutes, soap box presentations of approximately 10 minutes and poster presentations, workshops, open space, panel discussion etc . Based on the abstract, your preferences and timeliness of submission and registration, the Conference Program Committee will allocate presentation times and formats.

See Call for Abstracts for more information.  Final Call!  Still open during June/July.

 Silver Sponsors



The Abstract template is available here.

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).

APEN Awards for Excellence in Extension - see here for details.   Nominations due by Friday 30th June 2017.



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

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

Note Registration link below!  Early bird prices will close on July 31, 2017.



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)

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 Bronze Sponsors