Welcome to ANZBC17!!
Thank you so much for registering, exhibiting, sponsoring or just presenting at ANZBC17!! With just a month to go now before we all meet up to listen, share and network with each other to achieve great outcomes, just a quick note on some of the finer details for the conference so you can prepare yourself efficiently. We expect anywhere in the vicinity of 100-150 people to attend ANZBC17 and have now opened up the gates on Day 3 from 2-5pm to the public to come in and view biochar technology, visit our trade expo and talk with industry professionals about how to make biochar & wood vinegar or where to buy it from. The number of public we expect will be known closer to the event or on the actual day. We aim to do some radio media over the next month and please spread the word amongst friends and colleagues so we can make the most of this opportunity. You can familiarize yourself with the programme, presenters, trade expo, sponsors, accommodation and meals best at https://anzbc.org.au
ANZBC17 is all about bridging the gap between the research that has been done to date and commercialisation of technology and products. A networking event or industry conference such as ANZBC17 brings together you, the industry professionals, biochar producers, foresters, growers, farmers, students and interested citizens so that we can form a community that collaborates on real projects that achieve financial, environmental and social outcomes.
In the past we have had some wonderful outcomes as a result of people meeting at our conferences and we envisage that ANZBC17 will be no different. With the announcement of some very exciting developments such as Johannes Lehmann’s emergent view on Soil Organic Matter, the long term benefits and carbon accumulation of biochar discovered recently by Lukas van Zwieten and Terry Rose et al to the recent Aust. Govt. funding into Co-operative Research Centres for High Performing Soils and the introduction of a whole new raft of dung beetle species right across Australia, many of my colleagues and I feel that the industry is on the precipice of something significant.
As part of a working group that has been meeting regularly since October last year we aim to establish ANZBC17 as the original and ongoing ANZ Biochar Conference on either an annual or biennial basis moving around to each state of Australia and New Zealand if the majority are amenable to what we are doing. We would also like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a member and or part of the committee of an ANZ Biochar Not For Profit Organisation at ANZBC17 (more details to come) that coordinates a regular industry conference, a monthly newsletter, regular webinar series and attracts funding through grants, either private, philanthropic and or government. This is all under the umbrella and support of the International Biochar Initiative (IBI).
I look forward to catching up with you all at ANZBC17 and please take the time to familairise with some details following or feel free to contact me directly.
Don Coyne (on behalf of the ANZBC17 Working Group)
ANZBC17 Event Coordinator