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Animal Health Australia and the Invasive Species Council is excited to call for the submission of abstracts for presentations at the inaugural 2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium.

The Symposium focuses on preventative biosecurity practices, research and innovation, out of the box thinking and the exchange of knowledge and ideas across the biosecurity collective – agriculture (animals and plants), invasive species, weeds, wildlife, aquatics and the environment.

Our Symposium will provide the ideal platform for cross sectoral discussion, where new concepts are introduced, ideas are shared and tested, advice is sought and given and new partnerships are built. Challenging papers that stimulate debate and energy are encouraged – we hope you will be a part of it. We are seeking presentations for concurrent sessions that align with the overall Symposium theme of ‘biosecurity prevention’.

There are four options for presentations which you can select in the online abstract submissions form below:

Oral presentation

This format provides the opportunity to present on aims, methods, relevance, results and conclusions of your work. Allocated time is 20 minutes, with a maximum of 5 minutes for discussion.

Panel presentation

You will bring together a panel of diverse presenters who will debate an issue aligned with a Symposium theme. Discussion and interaction between panelists and delegates will be the key focus. You will put forward a minimum of three panelists and a maximum of five. Allocated time is 60 minutes for the panel session, followed by 30 minute Q&A session.

Speed presentation

A unique format to present your work, designed to deliver a dynamic approach! We’re encouraging people to present works in the early stages of development, and first passes of ideas. Allocated time is 7 minutes, with a maximum of 5 minutes for discussion.

Poster presentation

A visual and interactive display of your work. Posters will be on display for the entire duration of the Symposium, with an allocated time where presenters can talk to delegates about their work..

Conference topics


  • Innovation
  • Technology within our sector and outside the sector i.e. defence/security, medical/health
  • Modern frontier diagnostics
  • Risk appetite
  • Using the gene revolution
  • Return on investment
  • Future proofing
  • Over-the-horizon biosecurity
  • Use of digitalised data


  • Lessons/learnings from our counterparts
  • Increasing traffic i.e. travel/imports
  • Pest and disease threats to our border
  • Barriers to preventing invasion


  • Traceability
  • Surveillance
  •  Early Detection
  • Diagnostics
  • Prevention
  • Impacts of emergency situations i.e. floods, drought fires
  • New and emerging threats


  • Peri-urban
  • Cultural change
  • Awareness to practice change
  • Citizen science
  • Social and behavioural science
  • One Health
  • Community initiatives (public and private sector)

Key dates

Abstracts Open Tuesday 20 November 2018
Abstracts Close 5pm Friday 15 February 2019
Review Period February to March 2019
Notification to author Thursday 14 March 2019
Author acceptance Thursday 21 March 2019
Speaker registration* due Monday 15 April 2019

Submission guidelines

Please read the below guidelines carefully:

  • Submit electronically using the form below or email ( as a word document.
  • Indicate the topic your presentation best fits into.
  • Indicate if an oral, panel, speed or poster presentation.
  • Abstracts that are uploaded electronically must be done in a word document (.doc or .docx) format.
  • Presentation title to be 15 words or less.
  • Abstract to be 300 words or less.
  • Author/s names and affiliations; if multiple authors (i.e. Panel presentation) indicate lead contact.
  • Author/s biography to be 100 words or less; if multiple authors include all biographies.
  • Email addresses and primary contact number.
  • The Symposium Technical Committee will have the final say on all abstracts submitted.

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For any Symposium enquiries, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact or call our events team on 02 6232 5522 (+61 2 6232 5522 from outside Australia).

*The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommodation or registration costs associated with the Symposium. All presenters/speaker will be able to register at the discounted speaker rate.

Page reviewed: 19/11/2018