Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference 2019October 14 - 17, 2019 Canberra, ACT


This year we are excited to offer Conference Delegates a range of half day workshops on Monday 14th October 2019 at the National Library of Australia. 

Half Day Workshops

Students: $25.00

Full registrations: $50.00

Afternoon Workshops (1:30pm - 4:30pm)

1. Graphical abstracts & videos Workshop

Introduction to visual design toolkit, work through designing a graphical abstract for ASFB presentation and/or recent paper/project. 

Convenors: Tullio Rossi

Animate Your Science

Your research is brilliant and novel. You know this, but what about the rest of the world? You might even be a pioneer in your field. But ask yourself honestly, is it communicated well? Is it really creating an impact in the world? Often, the difference between impactful and forgotten research is decided by how such research is communicated. Come to this workshop to learn how to turn your science into a captivating story to be told visually, with video animations and graphics made to stick.

Upload finished GA to Currinda for viewing by conference delegates.

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2. Using new media for science communication Workshop

Convenor: Tom Rayner

Getting science communication working for you.

The goal of this workshop is to start getting your communication working for you, not the other way around. Generally, a lot of science communication is pretty haphazard and not very effective. That's because most emerging science communicators start with tools, not strategy. In this half-day workshop, we'll hit the pause button and zoom out. You'll ask yourself: what do I actually want to achieve; how could communicating help my research career or project; and, how will I know if it's working? You'll explicitly set your goals, define your values and character of your comms, and start working on your key messages. This will create a foundation for all of your communication efforts. We will also spend some time exploring a researcher-centred strategic framework for communicating. That means, you will leave with a solid plan and proven recipe for establishing your profile, engaging with stakeholders, facilitating dialogues and collaborations, assisting early-career researchers and students in communicating, and educating the end users of your research – all through a participatory, two-way methodology that is based on the latest science communication research. The goal is simple: start thinking bigger, more laterally and in a more targeted way about why, where and how you invest your time and energy into communicating your work.

3. Writing with quality & productivity Workshop

Convenor: Zoe Doubleday

The other side of scientific writing: Increasing the readability and readership of what we write 

Publications are the universal currency for communication among scientists. But they are generally composed of dense, uninspiring language that can be laborious to wade through and difficult to understand. While objectivity and scholarship are cornerstones of scientific writing, there is another ingredient that is rarely emphasised or taught: the accessibility of the prose, the X-factor that captures the reader’s imagination with clear and engaging messages. Building on from the presenter’s recent research, this is what this workshop will be about – how to increase the readability and readership of our writing to boost the influence of what we write.

Morning Workshops (9am - 12noon)

4. Animal ethics Workshop

Advice targeted towards students/EC.

Convenors: Culum Brown, Maggie Watson, Keller Kopf

This workshop will cover three topics of broad relevance to fish welfare and ethics. Topic 1 will be an overview of the current state of legislation as it pertains to fish welfare followed by a discussion of why variation exists between states and how we might level the playing field.  Topic 2 will cover opportunities for improving animal welfare in aquaculture, including the humane handling and killing of fish. Topic 3 will be in the format of a “panel of experts” of whom advice can be sort regarding how best to deal with ethics applications as they pertain to fish research.  All are welcome to attend, and we especially encourage student participation.

5. Fish Art and Imagery Workshop

Convenors: Ebb, Maggie Watson & Lindsay Marshall


Digital drawing of a Grey Reef Shark using Wacom Tablet in Adobe Photoshop CC by Lindsay Marshall

This workshop provides a chance to experience a number of artistic and technical methods and to mix with fish science people, in a relatively informal environment. Note that you don’t need to have an artistic background, though if you do you are also encouraged to come along and share your talents and experience.

Participants will have an opportunity to try gyotaku, origami, draw and cartoon fishes as well as experience digital drawing techniques. Maggie Watson will champion the gyotaku experience and her son Charlie will lead the origami session. Originating in 19th century Japan, gyotaku (Gyo means "fish" and "taku means to rub or make an impression. Pronounced "gee-ooh-tah-koo") developed from the need to record the exact size of a trophy catch and evolved into an art form. Participants in this workshop will learn how to prepare a fish for printing and (using replicas) make initial prints and finally learn how to add details to make a final print. Charlie Watson will show participants how to fold origami from the simplest angelfish to more advanced seahorses and carp.

Seahorse Weedy dragon cartoon

 Images L-R: Sea horse and crane origami courtesy of Charlie Watson, an inspirational Leafy Sea Dragon Image courtesy Dave Harasti, and a depiction of the battle between landholders and carp in the Murray-Darling Basin from 1997 courtesy of Brendan Ebner.

Renowned fish and elasmobranch artist Lindsay Marshall will demonstrate the interface between freehand illustration and digital image production and manipulation using various digital media such as Wacom tablet, apple ipad and pencil, and Adobe Photoshop. And there will be a tutorial and discussion session on photography led by award winning underwater photographer David Harasti. Participants are encouraged to bring along some of their images to buy into the experience and to enhance discussion of different approaches and to celebrate imagery in fish science.

Dave and trevally

Dave Harasti at home photographing a trevally

The workshop will be capped-off with a fun session on having a go at cartooning, facilitated by Brendan Ebner. Come to this session having thought of something you wish to try and capture as a funny aspect of your work and potentially a challenging societal engagement issue in your working life. This will serve to customise your experience with the view to creating a toon that would be suitable in a PowerPoint presentation or as a t-shirt design for breaking down societal barriers or simply celebrating your postgraduate project or a fish science and management initiative.  



Snubnosed dart outline using Wacom drawing tablet in Adobe Photoshop CC by Lindsay Marshall.