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APEN 2022 International Conference

Event overview 

The Australasia-Pacific Extension Network (APEN) Conference to be held from the 9-11 February 2022 will be an international meeting for rural and community advisory practitioners, researchers and academics who combine the best extension practice and research from developing and developed countries. It is an unmissable opportunity to hear from leading experts, thought leaders and industry professionals in the beautiful surrounds of Melbourne University, just north of the city. Come and share your knowledge, learn new skills and be inspired in your extension role.

The conference theme 'Facilitating Change and the Opportunity from Disruption' acknowledges the opportunities provided by the COVID pandemic to develop and use new extension techniques. The 2022 APEN Conference presentation program will showcase the following extension themes:

  • Working in a pandemic: What worked and why?
  • Supporting the digital agriculture (AgTech) wave: What are we learning?
  • Planning & Design, Policy, Governance and Evaluation
  • Supporting complex social and environmental change
  • NRM, community resilience, rural health and safety, drought
  • Engaging diverse communities
  • Supporting farming systems and farm business strategy

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Event details


9:30am - 10:30am Plenary: Conference opening
10:30am - 11:15am Morning tea
11:15am - 1:00pm Concurrent sessions
1:00pm - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm - 3:15pm Concurrent sessions
3:15pm - 4:00pm Afternoon tea
4:00pm - 5:00pm Poster Sessions: 5 minute PhD/student presentations
5:00pm - 6:30pm Plenary: day closing
Pre-dinner drinks
6:00pm - 9:00pm Conference dinner, awards ceremony and dinner speaker


9:00am - 10:30am Plenary: Conference opening
10:30am - 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am - 12:00pm Concurrent sessions
12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pm Keynote presentation
Cathy McGowan AO
2:00pm - 3:05pm Concurrent sessions
3:05pm - 4:00pm Afternoon tea
Refelection and wrap up

Get more information from: APEN Conference website.