2017 AWMS Annual Conference

 Wildlife Management: Past, present and future

5 - 7 December 2017, The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, NSW, Australia

Conference dinner theme - 1930s!


PLEASE NOTE: conference dinner seating is limited to 120 people. Be sure to register early to avoid disappointment! 

Conference contact: conference@awms.org.au

The major theme of the conference is "Wildlife Management: Past, Present and Future". Every few years there seems to be a new tool, technology or approach to wildlife management, however, to know where we’re going, we need to understand where we came from. Given that AWMS is celebrating 30 years, we encourage abstracts that focus on the journey of wildlife management over the last 30 years, as well as abstracts on current research and new and trending innovations.

AWMS2017 Sponsors:

Elsevier - Food Webs Journal

The conference will feature symposia with invited speakers on the following topics:
- Biogeography, evolution and wildlife management
- Advances in wildlife monitoring tools
- The Rise of Citizen Science and Social Media
- Conservation Biology
- Conservation Physiology
- Food Webs
Other symposia will be organised to fit the topics of the abstracts received.


Preliminary Conference Program can be downloaded here (updated 25 Sept 2017). As this is a preliminary timetable it may be subject to change.

Online Registration NOW OPEN

Sponsorship/Exhibitor registration NOW OPEN
For interested sponsors and trade exhibitors please download our conference sponsors & trades brochure here.

Conference Registration fees
All registration fees are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) 

  Early Bird fees
(before 1 October 2017)
Standard fees
(from 1 October 2017)
AWMS Member $560 $660
Non-Member $650 $750
AWMS Member Concession $490 $590
Non-Member Concession $560 $660
Day registrations start from: $280 $350


  • Attendance at all conference sessions
  • Poster session (Tuesday 05 Dec. 2017)
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on conference days (Tuesday 05 Dec. to Thursday 07 Dec.)
  • Conference materials
  • Attendance to the conference dinner (Wednesday 06 Dec. 2017)


  • Attendance at all conference sessions for the day of registration
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea for the day of registration
  • Conference materials

Following extras can also be purchased:

  • Tickets for the Icebreaker function Monday 04 Dec.2017
  • Field trip tickets: Echo Point Field trip Monday 04 Dec. and Blue Mountains Walkabout tour Friday 08 Dec. 2017
  • Workshops tickets: Reintroduction specialist workshop Monday 04 Dec. and Elsevier Writing Workshop Friday 08 Dec 2017
  • Additional tickets for the conference dinner Wednesday 06 Dec 2017


Important dates:
Registration opens: 1 June 2017
Call for abstracts opens: 1 June 2017
Call for abstracts closes: 31 August 2017
Earlybird registration closes: 30 September 2017

 2016 Conference Program

2016 Sponsors...




AWMS Awards Information
A number of awards are available to both students and practitioners of wildlife management. 
AWMS strongly encourages student participation. A special symposia is held for students where they compete to win the prize for the best student presentation. A prize is also presented for the best poster. AWMS also provides subsidised assistance to students (on application) for conference attendance. The AWMS committee also decided that greater acknowledgement of student achievements was required and established the DW Cooper Student Thesis Award.

The Society has established a Practitioners Award for a field practitioner or practitioner group demonstrating best practice in scientific wildlife management in the Australasian region.

Indigenous people
Travel subsidies and registration for indigenous people will be considered (as per students) where indigenous delegates cannot get full support from their member organisation and where it is considered desirable for them to attend a specific symposium. If appropriate to their circumstances, free registration may be considered.