The INVASIVES 2019 Forum incorporates a variety of presentations from posters, to seven minute Lightning Talks to Government Spotlights. Scroll down to submit your Lightning Talk topic application.

Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce that the INVASIVES 2019 keynote speaker is Andrew Cox, CEO of the Invasive Species Council of Australia.

Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council

Andrew Cox, Invasive Species Council

Andrew has more than 25 years experience serving the natural environment and leading environmental organisations. He has led community-based campaigns to protect threatened bush land areas, worked for the National Parks Association of New South Wales (NSW) as its executive officer, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and Trust for Nature (Victoria) and is a respected participant in Australia’s conservation sector.

Andrew believes that the threat of invasive species is one of this century’s two greatest threats to Australia’s natural environment, along with climate change, yet invasive species are without the high-level attention they deserve.

Andrew is confident that if we learn from the litany of invasive species disasters of the past and bring a science-based approach to the complex and seemingly daunting threat of invasive species, we can make progress. He believes in the value of involving the community in tackling complex environmental issues. Andrew was appointed as CEO of Australia’s Invasive Species Council in 2014 after serving as its president for two years.

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Lightning Talks

This year the INVASIVES 2019 agenda will include a new session of seven minute long Lightning Talks on Tuesday, February 5 ,2019. We are now accepting applications to be a Lightning Talk presenter - complete the form below before the extended deadline of January 15, 2019.

What is the purpose of a Lightning Talk?

  • Offers an opportunity for speakers to present succinct and exciting ideas and programs to stimulate further knowledge gain

  • Offers a variety of topics to a large audience

What are the Parameters?

  • Talks should be energetic and engaging and last no more than seven minutes each

  • No more than 28 presentation slides (28 slides would require advancing every 15 seconds)

  • Moderator will notify speaker at specific time intervals and end session promptly after seven minutes

  • Question/Answer period, if any, must occur within the seven minute time limit; we do not recommend Q&A due to the session format constraints


To apply to be a Lightning Talk presenter, please complete the form below by the deadline of January 15, 2019. Submit a poster here.


  • Don’t get caught up in background info (no more than 90 seconds)

  • Always keep your rapport with your audience, not the computer

  • Only include details if they are necessary and fit within the overall scope for such a short presentation

  • Slides should show things to the audience, not help the presenter remember what to talk about - get more top tips for TED style talks

  • We recommend you use only a few words (one concept) and 1 large image per slide - resist the temptation to cram text into your slides to overcome the seven minute time limit!

  • Provide contact info somewhere (e.g., on the last slide) in presentation materials (or on a handout)

  • Don’t consider a Lightning Talk to be a ‘teaser’ where you can just quickly mention a few ideas in a tantalizing way. Instead you must get right to the heart of the topic and present something solid within the seven minute limit. Is there something innovative about what you do? Have you achieved remarkable results, or learned something really significant? Present your key idea early in your talk.

  • Despite the seven minute limit, make sure you go slow and steady - reduce the amount you say to the essentials only

  • Be dynamic to keep energy-levels high, but beware of speaking too fast to cram in everything that you want to say

  • Practice, practice, practice with a timer to fit it into seven minutes.