2017 GFRAS/APEN International Conference

The 2017 International Conference of the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network will be held from 12 to 15 September 2017 at the ‘The Ville’ Hotel in Townsville.  We will also be hosting international delegates from the Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS http://www.g-fras.org/en/), who will be participating in a 3 day pre-conference meeting at Ingham, in the Hinchinbrook region.

The theme of the conference is ‘Facilitating balanced change for rural and urban communities’ and will showcase the local and international extension theory and practice around production agriculture, natural resource management, community development and the health sector. 

Programmed sessions at the conference include:
• Using social media in extension.
• Engaging with farmers.
• Managing limited resources.
• Integrating Research and Extension.
• Extension policy development.
• The global village - effective project management and dealing with gender, health and nutrition issues.
• Field trips around the Hinchinbrook, Burdekin and Townsville areas for delegates to view first hand activities being undertaken on the ground. 
The Convenor of the conference is Lawrence di Bella from Ingham and the committee includes a number of other members from Queensland as well as members of the APEN MC and three from GFRAS.  Letters of invitation have already been sent to a number of ministerial, governments, local, state, national and international organisations.

See conference website for information about the conference, the location and accommodation options.

The conference field trips will be on the day between the GFRAS meeting and  the APEN part of the 2017 GFRAS/APEN International Conference.  You will need to get in quickly to secure your preferred field trip and the opportunity to network with international delegates as well.
Registration will open in January 2017.

Also see the APEN Website Conference Page for more information and to see the conference sponsors whom we acknowledge with thanks.  
Information on Guest Speakers is available here.

Key dates for abstracts and those wanting to publish in the conference edition of APEN's Rural Extension and Innovation Systems Journal are:

Final call for abstracts  1 June 2017    The Final Call for Abstracts is available here.   The Abstract template is available here.
Abstracts due  31 Julyl 2017
Author informed  15 August 2017
Submit paper to REIS editor, if you wish, as soon as you can, but won’t be published until after the conference.

Abstracts will be accepted until end of July.  Note: Early bird pricing finishes on 31 July, 2017!

Should you have any suggestions of anyone to invite to the 2017 International APEN Conference as a speaker, sponsor or delegate, please pass their details on to Roe Currie: info@apen.org.au or direct to Lawrence di Bella: ldibella@hcpsl.com.au.

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