A field trip into the urban-rural fringe

Post by Nick Skilton

The experience of the 2013 IAG annual conference has already been colourfully documented by some within AUSCCER. For some though, the conference continued after the final session on Wednesday, albeit in a much more informal capacity. The setting was the four day rural field trip, fabulously organised by Amanda Davies from Curtin University.

Feral Brew Sampler

Nine of us left conference rooms of the University of Western Australia behind us and embarked into the urban-rural fringe. After the rigours of a three day conference, the first and much needed port of call was lunch at the Feral Brewery in Baskerville. The range of micro-brewed beers was first rate, and their sour beer some of the best I’ve had. The amount of tables and lawn space available suggested a high turnover on weekends and holidays despite the lack of transport options. Continue reading

Reflections on the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference

AUSCCER’s Alex Tindale and Charles Gillon attended the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers Conference in Perth from July 1 to 4. Here they reflect on their experience.

Alex Tindale
Early this month I attended the 2013 Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference in Perth, Western Australia. In the lead-up to the conference I was quite nervous. As a first-year postgrad student, I was a little intimidated by the thought of presenting alongside some of Australia’s most prominent and respected geographers. Having only commenced my PhD candidature four months ago, I was still a little anxious at the (apparently common!) thought that perhaps my research wasn’t valuable or significant enough for the academic world. I had planned to present some preliminary research findings, and was falling into the trap of doubting myself as I prepared my presentation in the days leading up to the trip. I had no idea at that stage that a conference like this was going to be exactly what I needed. Continue reading