In September 2016, the Council of Australasian Weed Societies (CAWS), along with local hosts the Weeds Society of Western Australia, are celebrating the 20th Australasian Weeds Conference. The biennial conference is being held at the Pan Pacific in Perth, Western Australia which has traditionally been one of the highest attended AWC's, and over 300 delegates are expected from across Australasia.

Delegates will come together to meet-up with peers, engage with industry sponsors, and to listen and participate in presentations and field trips on a variety of topics including:

    • Herbicide Resistance
    • Weeds of National Significance
    • Agricultural weeds
    • Environmental weeds
    • Biological control of weeds
    • Modelling and new technologies to manage weeds
    • Legislation, regulation and policy to manage weed


The CAWS Oration will be delivered by Professor Steve Powles, Director of the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative and there will be some special subject workshops and symposia including:

  • Wattle we do about invasive acacias? Chair: Christina Birnbaum
  • Invasive garden plants. Chair: Kate Blood
  • New incursions. Chair: Barbara Waterhouse
  • The scourge of spurge – invasive Euphorbia species. Chair TBA
  • Have you got the APPtitude? Use of apps for reporting, identifying and/or management of weeds. Chair Dr Rosalie McCauley
  • Grains Weeds Advisory Committee Chair: David Heinjus
  • Weeds on islands Chair TBA
  • Weed legislation, policy and strategy – evolution and revolution. Chair: Dr John Virtue
  • Weed management for biodiversity conservation. Chair: Hillary Cherry


The call for abstracts for oral presentations to be considered for the three-day program have now closed, but abstract submissions for poster presentations will still be accepted until Monday 20 June. Visit the Abstract & Themes page for further details including instructions for full papers (optional) which are also due Monday 20 June.

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