‘Communicate to Illuminate & Inspire’

The ASFB 2019 Conference Organising Committee is pleased to welcome you to host city Canberra. In doing so, we acknowledge and celebrate the First Australians on whose traditional lands we will meet. We pay our respects to the elders of the Ngunnawal, Ngambri, and Ngarigu peoples past, present and emerging.

Our goal for ASFB 2019 is to showcase and celebrate the many ways we can illuminate the wonderful world of fishes in the hearts and minds of people spanning a range of cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. Our conference program has workshops, special events and sessions that will explore how effective communication via the visual arts, digital media, and the spoken and written word can bring new understanding and inspiration to the millions of people who value and depend on fishes for their wellbeing. 

A special networking event dubbed ‘Big Messages for Decision Makers’, will take advantage of our gathering in the national capital. Speakers will make a short pitch of their big idea for the future of fish and fisheries to key people in Government departments and agencies responsible for policy and investment in our aquatic resources.

All this is great motivation for you to join a pre-conference workshop to elevate your skills in the areas of nature-based art, scientific illustration, graphical design, writing with influence, and distilling your message so you can help other people see how your work has advanced our understanding of fishes, their habitats, and the important role they play in our culture and society. 

ASFB 2019 will also showcase the diversity of our host city Canberra. Our beautiful conference venue is the National Library of Australia in the Parliamentary Triangle, where we will have our welcome networking event, the daily conference program, and a public forum. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover some of the well-known and best-kept secrets of Canberra via our social networking events.

We look forward to hosting you at the ASFB 2019 Annual Conference.

Chris FultonChair of ASFB 2019 Organising Committee