Events Archive



ILTER Open Science Meeting (OSM)

Kruger National Park, South Africa

9 - 13 October 2016

eResearch Australasia Conference 2016


10 - 14 October 2016

Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People & Practice


28 - 30 September 2016

TERN sponsored this event and showcased its diverse research infrastructure that is being used by our nationally networked science and management partners to work on many bushfire related issues. 

More information here


6 - 8 July 2016

TERN's Data Integration and Synthesis Coordinator, Dr Siddeswara Guru, and a number of other TERN associated researchers presented in a plenary session titled "New tools for ecosystem assessment, management and conservation.  More information here.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Sensing Applications (UAS4RS)


17 - 18 February 2016

TERN's AusCover facility was a sponsor of the conference.

Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) Annual Conference 2015

29 November - 3 December 2015

TERN had a booth at ESA15 and staff were on hand to answer questions and explain how our data infrastructure can help your research. In addition to TERN's sponsorship of the event, a number of researchers using the TERN network presented on their research at the conference.  

eResearch Australasia 2015

19 - 23 October 2015

TERN had a booth and staff were on hand to answer questions and explain how our data infrastructure can help your research.

Building Global Ecological Understanding (BGEU) Workshop

Delaware, USA

2 - 4 June 2015

TERN's Collaborations and Partnerships Director, Associate Professor Nikki Thurgate, attended the event and presented on TERN's collaborative approach to research infrastructure provision. 

Australian Rangeland Society 18th Biennial Conference

Alice Springs

12 - 16 April 2015

TERN's AusCover facility presented at the conference.  More information coming soon...

Australian Coastal Councils Conference 2015

Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

11 - 13 March 2015

TERN's ACEF presented at the conference.  More information here.

Ecological Society of Australia 2014 Annual Conference

Alice Springs

28 September to 3 October 2014

In addition to TERN's sponsorship of the event, a number of researchers using the TERN network presented on their research at the conference. There were also associated meetings and field trips before, during and after the conference. More information here

Coast to Coast Conference


27 October to 31 October 2014

TERN's ACEF presented on their Flood Visualisation tool at the conference. More information here

TERENO International Conference

Bonn, Germany

29 September to 2 October 2014

TERN was represented at the conference. More information in this brochure

Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) 51st annual meeting


20-24 July 2014

There were a number of presentations on TERN infrastructure some of which are listed here.

For more general conference information click here. 


Public Briefings

New Paradigms for Data Management, Publication and Sharing

Addressing today’s environmental challenges requires that we: change the ways that we do science; harness the enormity of existing data; and develop new approaches to managing, publishing and sharing data.

This seminar provided an historical overview of data management and data sharing, focusing on lessons learned from past and emerging large ecological and environmental research programs (i.e., “big ecology”). It also highlighted some of the current impediments to data management, publication and sharing.

Prof Michener discussed solutions to these challenges including various tools that support management of data throughout the data life cycle from planning through analysis, as well as new approaches to publishing and sharing data such as the Dryad digital repository and DataONE. Bill also shared his future vision for how informatics can better enable science, highlighting some of the activities that are underway with respect to changing the scientific culture (e.g., altmetrics, semantic annotation and provenance tracking).

TERN FNQ Rainforest SuperSite Robson Creek Open Day

Robson Creek, Far North Queensland

8 December 2014

More information here

CRIS Showcase


29 September 2014

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Launch of Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan


15 July 2014

Launch of Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science by Prof Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist of Australia

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Interactive Info Session - Are you ready to raise your research profile with ӔKOS?


Friday, 6 June 2014

Friday, 13 June 2014

TERN AusPlots seminars in Darwin and Brisbane

AusPlots and the Australian Transect Network have established major plot-based and transect monitoring networks across the country to address knowledge gaps and ecosystem monitoring needs. These seminars gave participants a chance to hear about the ways in which they can benefit from our work including accessing data, samples, methods, and opportunities for future collaboration.

Darwin Seminar - 24 March 2014

Brisbane Seminar - 2 April 2014

Science of extreme events:

Enabling better management of fire, floods, drought and cyclones in Australia

Extreme fire, flood, drought and cyclone events are a fact of life in Australia. Good science, underpinned by research infrastructure that facilitates integration across diverse disciplines, is helping us to better understand and manage the impacts of these extreme events on our ecosystems, as well as the communities and industries that depend upon them. Working closely with many partners – such as the Bureau – TERN’s infrastructure is being used to improve our capacity to investigate, prepare for, manage and recover from extreme events.

Monday 10th February 2014, 2 – 4.30 pm

Richards and Darcy Rooms, Bureau of Meteorology
14 Childers St, Civic, Canberra

Leading TERN researchers presented some of the latest scientific insights and products relevant to managing and recovering from extreme events, such as fire, floods, drought and cyclones. This free public briefing was kindly hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology.

More information here.

Book launch: Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction

20 March 2014

Fenner School of Environment and Society, The Australian National University, Linneaus Way, Acton, Canberra

More information here.



Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium June 2014

11-12 June, 2014.

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2013 TERN Symposium

Transforming Australian ecosystem science

18 - 20 February 2013

There was overwhelming interest in the 2013 TERN Symposium, and the venue was filled to capacity with ecosystem scientists and managers from around Australia. There was a great energy throughout the speaking sessions, poster sessions, and social events, as this diverse group of people come together to participate in TERN's vision for transforming Australian ecosystem science to build a national, multi-disciplinary, networked, and collaborative research community.

Click here to view presentations from the Symposium

Click here for information about the Symposium program and speakers

Click here to read our 'notes from the field' providing updates from the Symposium

2012 TERN Symposium

Leading by Example: research and management impact of shared ecosystem data

Adelaide, 28 & 29 March 2012

2013 TERN Symposium

Sustaining Long Term Ecosystem Research and Infrastructure

Melbourne, 29 & 30 March 2011



Ecosystem data and TERN: making the most of TERN to benefit your research and data management

Monday 19 May 2014
Macquarie University, Seminar room E6B 136

TERN is providing access to a wealth of Australian ecosystem data, and enabling broad participation of researchers in data publication. Some of the ecosystem data now available through TERN's infrastructure includes species lists from more than 100,000 plots, high resolution maps of soil and remote-sensed data, and estimates of GPP and transpiration from vegetation.  TERN also offers tools and repositories for managing your own data. This masterclass will give an overview of the new ecosystem data resources available, how you can access it, and how you can take advantage of new tools and infrastructure to benefit your research and data management.

This masterclass is part of Macquarie's 'Genes to Geosciences' program.

AusPlots Rangelands Field Survey Protocols training

About the course:  The four day training course covered all aspects of AusPlots’ work, including our Rangeland Protocols, that provide a simple agreed method for anyone undertaking research or monitoring in the rangelands. Led by experienced ecologists, participants had a day of lectures and then three days in the field learning all aspects of the field protocols. Participants learnt the specific techniques of establishing a plot, taking photo-panoramas, conducting point intercept vegetation surveys, collecting plant herbaria specimens, collecting plant tissue samples, using a basal wedge for calculating biomass, leaf area index sampling, and various soil sampling techniques.


Workshops and Meetings

SciDataCon 2016: Advancing the Frontiers of Data in Research - An International Data Week event

Denver, USA

11 - 13 September 2016

TERN co-hosted a session titled "The Data requirements and availability for decision makers" and focussed on environmental data and explore ways of making data published by the scientific community more useful for planners and decision makers, and how to incorporate these new methods of interpretation into standard working practices.



Australian Transect Network 2016 Annual Workshop


23 May 2016

For information please contact Michelle Rodrigo -

Towards a Global Observatory

7 - 9 March 2016


TERN hosted three days of collaborative meetings with leaders of analogous ecosystem observing networks from around the world. These landmark meetings provided the opportunity to discuss strengthening existing linkages, fostering global collaboration, and taking the next steps in creating an ecosystem observatory at a global scale.

2015 OzFlux Data Processing Workshop and Conference

9 - 18 November 2015


Australian Transect Network Advisory Group Meeting

19 November 2015

For more information please contact Michele Rodrigo.

Workshop on the Kepler Scientific Workflow System and its Applications


14 July 2015

An introduction to the Kepler scientific workflow system for scientists and researchers from varied disciplines. This workshop focused on three main areas: 1. A generic introduction course to the Kepler system; 2. Use cases from different disciplines and research areas, including users’ first-hand experience with Kepler; and 3. Technical details in deploying and developing scientific workflows.

Joint SuperSites and OzFlux meeting


10 June 2015

Australian Transect Network meeting


27 May 2015

Joint expert workshop on approaches to remote sensing for vegetation biomass estimation


24 - 26 February 2015

More information here

OzFlux Meeting and Conference 2014

Alice Springs

29 September - 1 October

More information here

AusCover Data Users' Workshop


25 August

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ANDS Webinar: Can sharing research data raise your research profile? 

Online webinar

7 August 2014

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TERN Eco-informatics data user reference group meeting #1


18 June 2014

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Visualising the 2013 floods in south-east Queensland: stakeholder consultation workshop


12 June 2014

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Australian Transect Network Workshop 2014


19-20 May 2014

ACEAS Grand Workshop 2014


7-9 May 2014

More information here.

AusCover Data Users' Workshop


9 April 2014

More information here.

Australian Ecosystem Science Long-Term Plan - town hall workshops 2014

Melbourne - 4 February

Hobart - 6 February

Brisbane - 12 February

Townsville - 14 February

Adelaide - 18 February

Darwin 21 - February

Perth - 11 March

Sydney - 13 March

Canberra - 27 March

More information here.

AusCover Data Users Worshop

8 March 2012, Brisbane, Queensland

VIIRS workshops on new remote-sensing software

6-8 February, 2012

13-15 February, 2012

Hosted by AusCover, these two workshops related to the software to process data received from the VIIRS instruments, which are the NASA replacement for the MODIS-series instruments. The first of the VIIRS instruments was launched in early 2012. The workshops covered the instrument characteristics, the algorithms, the hands-on processing of simulated datasets and processing of VIIRS down-linked datasets.

The workshops were presented by a team comprising Professor Paul Menzel, Mr Liam Gumley and Dr Geoff Cureton from the Space Science and Engineering Centre (SSEC) and the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. This team wrote the well-known and widely used International MODIS/AIRS Processing Package (IMAPP).


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