This week, the conservation planning group are holding our 2014 lab retreat, at the Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club, in Townsville.

Annual lab retreats provide us with an opportunity to catch up with what everyone is working on, to reflect on individual challenges and opportunities for the year ahead, and brainstorm how we might support each other and forge new collaborations. Following the recent success of group members in the Three Minute Thesis competition, we have been challenged to provide updates on our current and/or future research 3MT style, which should be entertaining! We also have plans for “scientist speed dating”, stand up paddle boarding, and planning the year ahead – what we want to achieve as a group, and strategies for engaging with other research groups. One outcome from last year’s lab retreat was the decision to start this website! Finally, we have three guest speakers to inspire us this year: Terry Walshe, Trevor Ward, and Natalie Stoeckl. Expect tweets on #ConsPlan.

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