CEED’s highly interactive, collaborative and successful research workshops have built a knowledge base in environmental decision science. The workshops provided a unique opportunity for CEED researchers and international participants to collaborate on some of the challenging issues arising with their work.

The following is a list of all research workshops held by CEED:


CEED hosted ten workshops including two held internationally. Almost half of the participants (47%) were external to CEED, including representatives of Australian and International Universities, Research Organisations, Industry and Government.

What insights can behavioural economics provide for ‘panic clearing’ in Queensland? (Kerrie Wilson, 13–17 February 2017, UQ Brisbane)

Beyond Ecological Monitoring: Optimal Monitoring across Ecological, Economic and Social Factors. (Jonathan Rhodes, 20–23 February 2017, UQ Brisbane)

Stepping into the future: driving the Technology agenda in Ecology and Conservation. (Brendan Wintle, 13–16 March 2017, UQ Brisbane)

Correlative and demographic species distribution models: reconciling the theory to support decisions. (Peter Vesk, March 27–30, 2017, University of Melbourne)

Armed Conflict Workshop. (Andres Felipe Suarez Castro, 22–23 July 2017, ICCB Cartagena Colombia)

Novel mathematical approaches for modelling and managing ecosystems. (Eve McDonald-Madden, 21–25 August 2017, UQ Brisbane)

Managing ecosystem services in complex landscapes. (Jonathan Rhodes, 31st October — 3rd November, UQ Brisbane)


The legal and institutional dimensions of biodiversity offsetting. (21–22 Jan, ANU)

Optimisation Tools for Linear Infrastructure. (11–13 Feb, UQ)

Connecting telemetry of highly mobile threatened species and spatial conservation decision science. (25–27 Feb, UQ)

Understanding the role of communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime. (1–3 Mar, South Africa)

Advancing conservation planning in the Mediterranean sea. (8–10 Apr, UQ)

Invertebrate conservation; from theory to practice and policy. (9–11 Jun, UWA)

The Era of Big Data Hits Conservation Science. (15–19 Jun, UQ)

Replacing ad hoc restoration decisions through a formal process for specifying restoration objectives: characterising risk aversion and indifference to multiple outcomes. (2–3 Jul, UQ)

Causal inference in conservation: Developing a systematic analytical framework for evaluating the site-based effects of land management strategies: a workshop and a training event. (6-10 Jul, UQ)

Towards a social-ecological system framework for conservation planning (during ICCB conference). (1–2 Aug, Montpellier, France)

Standardising the accounting of protected area management costs. (1–2 Aug, Montpellier, France)

Ecosystems services, biodiversity and network theory: Optimising management with multiple objectives. (2-6 Aug, UQ)

When conservation goes viral: Social science insights for catalyzing conservation (Workshop during ICCB). (1–2 Aug, Montpellier, France)

Ecosystem level evaluation of assisted migration: when is moving an ecosystem engineer a wise decision? (10–13 Aug, UQ)

How do social networks influence the long-term successes of voluntary environmental conservation programs? (1–3 Sep, UQ)

Strategies and impacts of different approaches to conservation messaging. (14–16 Sep, UQ)

ARIES — Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services: Exploring collaboration pathways to tackle environmental, social and economic issues. (29 Sep, UQ)

Biodiversity offsetting: Early lessons, challenges and opportunities. (14–15 Oct, UWA)

Conflicting policies and commitments: understanding the outcomes and robustness of conservation and restoration initiative in Brazil. (26–30 Oct, Brazil)

Using tracking data to define marine protected areas (MPAs). (28 Oct, Cape Town, South Africa)

Development of prioritisation approach for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recovery planning. (14–15 Dec, UQ)


Biodiversity metrics and game theory. (5 - 6 February, University of Queensland)

CEED workshop on SNAP proposal (7 February, University of Queensland)

Urban Ecology - progressing collaborative projects (10 - 12 February, University of Queensland)

Quantifying and detecting declines in wild populations (10 - 12 February, University of Queensland)

Marine conservation planning in a changing world (17 - 19 February, Stradbroke Island)

Role of urban context in ecosystem services (24 - 25 March, University of Queensland)

Trade-offs between the (Co-)benefits of carbon farming (31 March - 2 April, CSIRO Boggo Road)

Adaptive management for species conservation along with the captive-wild spectrum (1 - 4 April, University of Melbourne)

Socio-economics and recreational services in Brisbane’s parks (14 - 15 April, University of Queensland)

Species distributon modelling training course (28 April - 2 May, University of Mebourne)

Halting the spread of invasive cane toads in Western Australia (15 May, Broome Western Australia)

Integrating climate adaptation plan into spatial planning of coral reef biodiversity conservation in Western Australia (15 May, University of Western Australia)

Western Indian Ocean continental and island states cross-boundary collaboration in conservation planning (19 - 20 May, University of Queensland)

Managing invasive alien birds wisely: addressing the challenges (4 - 6 June, The Australian National University)

Marxan Introduction and Marxan Train the Trainer Course (23 - 25 June University of Queensland)

Managing Networks for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Benefits (26 - 27 June, Paris, France)

SNAP Working Group (22 - 24 July, University of Queensland)

Managing invasive species wisely - Part 2 writing workshop, invasions in islands and lags (23 - 25 July, Stradbroke Island)

CEED Workshop on Bridging Scales and Complexities for Conservation (5 - 8 August, Monterey, United States)

Urban Ecology - progressing collaborative projects (workshop 2) (14 - 15 August, RMIT University)

Applying complexity theory and systems thinking to improve the effectiveness of evaluations for conservation (26 - 29 August, Imperial College London)

Integrating human responses to climate change into conservation planning (8 - 10 September, University of Queensland)

Reconciling the triple bottom line of social equity, economic return, and environmental benefits in conservation (22 - 24 September, University of Queensland)

Strategies to support both biodiversity and production in agricultural landscapes (3 - 4 November, Brisbane, Australia)

CEED Environmental Leadership Training Program 2014-2015 (3 - 7 November, University of Queensland)

Conservation and Management priortisation for threatened and invasive species on Australian islands and mainland islands (6 - 7 November, University of Queensland)

Marxan Introduction and Marxan Train the Trainer Course (17 - 19 November, University of Queensland)

Horizon Scanning Workshop with Parks Australia (25 November, Canberra)

Metrics for biodiversity accounting and policy (26 - 28 November, University of Queensland)

The Psychology of Communicating Environmental Science Effectively (27 November, University of Queensland)

Joint CEED and Tansley working group meeting (9-11 December, Imperial College London)

What factors influence high-level environmental decisions? (10 December, Melbourne)


Taxonomic sufficiency in aquatic environmental assessment (4th-5th Feb)

Evaluation and prioritisation of environmental research (27th Feb-5th Mar)

Distribution and economics of restoring brigalow systems (2nd-5th Apr)

Antarctic/arctic environmental challenges: commonalities, differences and shared lessons (7th-8th Feb)

Incorporating social networks into conservation planning (13th Feb)

The effectiveness of threatened species and ecological communities' protection in Australia (6th-10th Mar)

Urban ecology workshop (15th-17th Apr)

From conservation priority to opportunity (23rd-26th Apr)

Reformulating the minimum viable population debate using decision theory (30th Apr)

Indicators workshop (23rd Apr - 3rd May)

Critical review of indicators (6-9 May)

International comparative evaluation of agri-environmental policies (7th June)

Conservation decision making on private land (11th-14th June)

International comparative evaluation of agri-environmental policies (2) (28th June)

Extinction risks of frogs under climate change (1st-5th July)

Reef resilience investment strategy expert workshop (3rd-4th July)

Urban ecology workshop (9th July)

Linking social networks to conservation decision making (21st July)

USGS Patuxent lab visit and working group (29th July)

Decision-making for the assisted migration of scrub jays on California islands (26th-28th Sep)

Cumulative impact of stressors on Posidonia oceanica food web (2nd-4th Oct)

Adaptation pathways for the Great Barrier Reef (9th Oct)

CEED/Imperial College - ecological, social and economic factors for conservation decision-making: what should we learn about and when? (16th-18th Oct)

Systematic conservation planning - spatial explicit incorporation of evolutionary processes (16th-18th Oct)

Expert elicitation for cost effective flatback turtle conservation (28th Oct)

Urban ecology workshop (31st Oct)

Integrating bottom-up social processes into science-based conservation strategies (18th-21st Nov)

Expert elicitation for cost effective flatback turtle conservation (2) (21st Nov)

Trade-offs between the (co)-benefits of carbon farming (21st-22nd Nov)

Marxan calibration workshop (27th Nov)

Technical workshop on zoning with Marxan with Zones for Tun Mustapha Park (2nd-5th Dec)

Meta-analysis of experimental tests of resilience to disturbance (9th-12th Dec)

Borneo futures project workshop (10th-12th Dec)


Borneo futures project workshop (Kerrie Wilson, University of Queensland)

Collaboration in conservation (Salit Kark, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Advancing conservation planning in the Mediterranean Sea (Sylvaine Giakoumi, Santorini, Greece)

Woody plant regeneration and thinning (Peter Vesk, Glen Erin Retreat Victoria)

What are species distribution models for? (workshop 2) (Antoine Guisan, Dockside Hotel, Brisbane)

Red list criteria for ecosystems (Emily Nicholson, University of Melbourne)

What are species distribution models for? (workshop 3) (Antoine Guisan, UQ Business School, Brisbane)

Conserving migratory species (Richard Fuller, Powerhouse Museum, Brisbane)

Marine planning in the Coral Triangle (Carissa Klein, Lady Elliot Island, Queensland)

Threat mapping and conservation decision-making (Ayesha Tulloch, University of Queensland)

Community modelling in conservation planning (workshop 1) (Patricia Sutcliffe, University of Queensland)

Scoping workshop metapopulation management (Eve McDonald-Madden, University of Queensland)

Marxan train the trainer course (Matthew Watts, University of Queensland St Lucia)

Introduction to Marxan course (Matthew Watts, University of Queensland St Lucia)

CEED collaboration workshop (Salit Kark, Stradbroke Island, Queensland)

Community modelling in conservation planning (workshop 2) (Patricia Sutcliffe, University of Queensland)

Adaptive management workshop (Eve McDonald-Madden/ Brendan Wintle, UQ Business School, Brisbane)

Species’ intrinsic life history traits and how they relate to climate change vulnerability (Nathalie Butt, University of Queensland)

Inserting functional connectivity into systematic conservation planning (Renato Crouzeilles, University of Queensland)

CEED project prioritisation protocol analysis (Ayesha Tulloch, Stradbroke Island, Queensland)

Dynamic social, economic and institutional feedbacks and biodiversity conservation (Jonathan Rhodes, Hotel Urban, Brisbane)

Marxan train the trainer course (Matthew Watts, University of Queensland)

Introduction to Marxan course (Matthew Watts, University of Queensland)

Innovative Modelling methods for resource management in rural areas (Graeme Doole, Hamilton New Zealand)


A total of 17 workshops were held across all nodes, which attracted 188 participants. Forty four of the attendees were international visitors. Thirty nine international institutions, from 32 countries, collaborated in the workshops.

CEED Landscape Restoration Workshop (Clive McAlpine, CSIRO, Brisbane)

Adaptive Management Planning Workshop (Eve McDonald-Madden, University of Queensland)

Multiple Decision Makers Working Group (Jonathan Rhodes, University of Queensland)

Conservation Conflicts (Kerrie Wilson, University of Copenhagen)

Multiple Actors Workshop (Jonathan Rhodes, University of Queensland)

CEED Markov Decision Processes Workshop (Iadine Chades, University of Queensland)

What are Species Distribution Models for? (Antoine Guisan, University of Melbourne)

Structured Decision Making Course Planning (Eve McDonald-Madden, University of Melbourne)

Network Analysis short-course (Eric Treml/Stuart Kininmonth, University of Queensland)

Marxan Intro and Marxan Train the Trainer (Matthew Watts, University of Queensland)

International Science Advisory Panel Meeting (Hugh Possingham/Mick McCarthy, University of Melbourne)

CEED Inaugural Conference (Hugh Possingham/Mick McCarthy, University of Melbourne)

Multispecies Management Workshop (Yvonne Buckley, University of Queensland)

Biodiversity Workshop (David Lindenmayer, The Australian National University)

Research Around Resilience (Richard Hobbs, University of Western Australia)

Biodiversity Offset Workshop (Sarah Bekessy/Ascelin Gordon, RMIT University)

Bayesian Statistics Workshop (Mick McCarthy, University of Melbourne)