The WMSSA invites submission of abstracts for oral papers and poster presentations for the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference



Topics to be discussed range from cutting edge weed science and research, to local and national innovative policy, new operational practices and tools, best practice on-ground management, chemical innovations, alternative weed control, and on-ground case studies, all helping to protect our agricultural and environmental landscapes from weed threats.

If you have a weed story, we want to hear and see you at the 22nd Australasian Weeds Conference!  Abstract submissions close Friday 14 February 2020. Click here to view the abstract submission guidelines.


The conference subthemes are:

Subtheme 1: Community engagement and behaviour change

  • Building capacity – from awareness to behaviour change
  • Increasing engagement
  • Behavioural science
  • Social licence
  • Understanding stakeholder motivation
  • Communications
  • Social media and marketing

Subtheme 2: Prevention of weeds

  • New and emerging weed threats
  • Weed ecology and invasiveness
  • Climate change and other issues causing weed distribution changes
  • Garden plants as weeds
  • Weeds of National Significance
  • Practical preventative weed management and general surveillance
  • Using the new ‘National Biosecurity Statement’ – creating linkages across environment and industry
  • Weed Risk Assessment
  • Hygiene
  • Prep/post border biosecurity for weeds, including islands

Subtheme 3: Using new enabling tools and technologies for weed management

  • Surveillance – pathways, tools, people
  • Mapping
  • Precision weed control
  • Using data for weed management, modelling, identification
  • Machine learning
  • Robotics
  • Genetic approaches to weed control

Subtheme 4: Integrated Landscape Weed Management

  • Policy from a global, national and local level – using evidence and implementation for effective weed management
  • Success with integrated weed control
  • Biological control
  • Non-chemical weed control
  • Research impacts and case studies on the broader society, environment and economy

Subtheme 5: Weeds in the environment

  • Functional ecology and ecosystem services – environmental impact of weeds
  • Economic impact of weeds in the environment
  • Healthy people and communities¬† – socioeconomic and medical impacts, mental health
  • Chemical innovations for use in natural ecosystems
  • Weed management techniques for sensitive sites

Subtheme 6: Crop and pasture weed management

  • Economic impact of weeds on plant production systems
  • Functional ecology and ecosystem services in plant production systems – the impact of weeds on the production systems
  • Integrated Weed Management (IWM) strategies, including non-chemical tactics
  • Herbicide resistance – extent and management approach
  • Chemical innovations for plant production systems