End of year message from our Chair and CEO

As 2019 comes to an end we wanted to reflect on our achievements for the year. Our 2018/19 Annual Report showcases our RD&E portfolio projects are progressing well with 22 well underway, 8 now completed and 1 under development. All this has resulted in 13 products under development.

Citizen science and engagement has always been integral to our extension program and this year, two studies highlighted the value add of community led data collection in supporting not only management practices but modelling of population data and the impact of biocontrol. These two studies were published in two prestigious journals, Scientific Reports (a Nature publication) and Ecology and Evolution. In total our Centre’s research program saw 13 new scientific publications published within the literature, informing policy and management practices.

Australia’s environmental and community biosecurity is a growing strategic priority for the Centre. This year the National Biosecurity Committee appointed our Centre to coordinate the implementation and revision of the National Environment and Community Biosecurity RD&E Strategy, which will see our Centre’s relationship with environmental organisations broaden and deepen

2020 will definitely be a big year for our Centre and our strategic direction will be informed by the long-term opportunities to be explored at Australasia’s premier vertebrate pest conference (AVPC) in Melbourne, May 2020. There is so much to be investigated within the theme ‘Feral Futures 2051’ and we encourage you to join in this weighty conversation. We hope to see many of you there, find out more via www.avpc.net.au

On a final note, on behalf of all our staff, management and Board directors we’d like to wish all our friends and followers a very Merry Christmas with family and friends and all the very best for a healthy, happy and biosecure New Year.

Helen Cathles
Chair, Board of Directors | Centre for Invasive Species Solutions

Andreas Glanznig
CEO | Centre for Invasive Species Solutions