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1st Australian & New Zealand Environmental DNA (eDNA) ConferenceInnovation & Application

21 - 23 March 2022

We are excited to announce a launch of the inaugural Environmental DNA conference and invite you to join us in Hobart, Tasmania on 21 – 23 March 2022 for this landmark meeting. The Conference will be delivered in a hybrid format, virtually and face-to-face. 

Environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis uses the power of DNA sequences to offer a rapid, universal and cost-effective way to measure biodiversity, detect pests, and much more. Not only is eDNA science a fast-moving and innovative field, but increasingly, government agencies and industry are adopting it to support environmental management.

Without a doubt, eDNA is changing the face of biological measurement, and now is a pivotal time to engage deeply with the community. Whether you are a practitioner, end-user of environmental information, manager, or policymaker, we hope you will join us to discuss the latest innovations, identify best practice, meet with collaborators, and build networks with historical Hobart and beautiful  Kunanyi (Mt Wellington) as a backdrop.

Call for abstracts

The Conference organising committee invites submissions of abstracts from different areas of eDNA research and applications. Varied presentation styles (plenary, standard, lightning) and poster sessions will be alternated with interactive workshops and training sessions to maximise opportunities to learn about the latest research as well as build networks between eDNA practitioners and end-users. Themed sessions will be focused on current research as well as where the field will go in the future.

Call for abstracts have now closed, if you wish to submit a late abstract please email

Conference location

The Conference will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, located on the Hobart waterfront.  With spectacular views over constitution dock, the hotel is within easy walking distance of  Hobart’s famous restaurants and attractions.

Tasmania and Hobart offer the potential for post-conference field trips or travel. From sampling the fresh produce at the Salamanca markets, diving with seadragons or endangered handfish, visiting the world-renowned Mona museum, to hiking the Tasmanian wilderness in search of elusive devils, there will be something for all delegates to enjoy before or after the conference.

Please watch this space for further information and announcements and follow the updates on the conference.

The organising committee looks forward to welcoming you to Hobart in March 2022.

Important Dates




Now Open




November 2021


28 January 2022


21 - 23 March 2022

Organising Committee

Anais Lacoursiere-Roussel, Government of Canada

Anastasija Zaiko, Cawthron Institute, NZ

Anthony Chariton, Macquarie University, Aus

Cecilia Villacorta-Rath, James Cook University, Aus

Cindy Bessey, CSIRO, Aus

Craig Sherman, Deakin Uni, Aus

Dianne Gleeson, University of Canberra, Aus

Francisco Encinas-Viso, CSIRO, Aus

Helen Barclay, EnviroDNA, Aus

James Shelley, Arthur Rylah Institute, Aus

Jo-Ann Stanton, University of Otago, NZ

Katrina West, CSIRO, Aus

Lara Urban, University of Otago, NZ

Levente Bodrossy, CSIRO, Aus

Maarten De Brauwer, CSIRO, Aus

Madalyn Cooper, Minderoo Foundation, Aus

Michael Knapp, University Of Otago, NZ

Miwa Takahashi, CSIRO/eDNA frontiers, Aus

Olly Berry, CSIRO, Aus

Paul Czechowski, University of Otago, NZ

Rachel Hale, NIWA, NZ

Shane Herbert, eDNA FRONTIERS, Aus

Shaun Wilkinson, Wilderlab, NZ

Clare Adams, Otago University


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