Aelert Conference
About the Conference

BrisbaneThe next biennial AELERT Conference will be held in beautiful Brisbane in October 2015, with the theme “Focus on the future: Innovative approaches to environmental regulation”. The conference will showcase the best examples of innovative solutions to real-world problems and leading practice in environmental regulation from around the region and around the world.

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Venue: Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane, Queensland
Dates: Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 October 2015
For those arriving in Brisbane early, there will be an optional Welcome Reception on Tuesday 27 October 2015.

Thanks to the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection for hosting the 2015 AELERT Conference.

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Latest Conference News
Achievement Awards- nominations open

Nominations have opened for the 2015 AELERT Achievement Awards, to be presented at the biennial conference this year in Brisbane. The Awards recognise AELERT’s signature values and beliefs: collaboration, leadership, excellence, innovation and improvement in environmental regulation.

Prizes will be presented in two categories, reflecting both the operational and strategic arms of the network:

  1. Recognition of achievement within the profession
    This award will be presented to a person or group who has excelled or significantly improved in their personal regulatory performance within their home agency or jurisdiction.
  2. Recognition of achievement in building the regulatory craft
    This award will be presented to a person or group who has significantly contributed to the environmental regulatory profession as a whole. Their contribution should span jurisdictional boundaries.

Nominees will be assessed against the attributes of a Modern Regulator, as defined in AELERT’s Modern Regulator Improvement Tool.

If you think someone deserves to be recognised, complete the online nomination form. Nominations close Monday 3 August 2015.

Big data for big results

Data_Binary_pubdomBig data; a buzzword of the modern technological era, and a powerful tool in the fight against environmental crime.

It represents a new “collect everything” approach to data gathering, monitoring and intelligence, allowing analysts to detect previously unseen patterns and trends.

Charlotte Davies, UK Crime Analyst at the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), knows all about big data and will be speaking at the 2015 AELERT Conference. She’ll detail her own experience using crime analysis and big data to thwart the black market trade of big cats in Asia and ivory, and EIA’s interest in combating illegal logging, pollution and species loss.

You’ll discover how vast quantities of information generated through social networks, videos, photos, mobile phones and the web, can reveal hidden links between criminals and illegal activity. Register for the 2015 AELERT Conference and learn how to use simple and sophisticated intelligence at all levels.

Want to know more about Big Data?

  • Read about how Big Data is being used by US police agencies.
  • Read this IBM paper about how EIA is using Big Data to fight Environmental Crime.

  • New speakers announced!

    The 2015 Conference Program is nearly finalised, and we are beginning to release the names of our plenary speakers. So far we’ve announced 5 wonderful speakers! Visit the program page to find out about them and their topics.

    Jo GerarduSpotlight: Jo Gerardu
    Consultant to the INECE Secretariat

    Gain valuable insight into how next generation compliance tools are being used by international agencies within the INECE network. Jo will also discuss how you and your colleagues are the key to success when it comes to implementing new and innovative tools. The power is in your hands!

    Keynote announcement: Cynthia Giles, US EPA

    CynthiaGiles head shotWe’re excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 2015 AELERT Conference: Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator with the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Assistant Administrator Giles leads the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at US EPA, whose role is to enforce environmental laws and advance environmental justice. Cynthia is passionate about moving compliance programs into the 21st Century, and has gained a wealth of experience while heading up the EPA’s Next Generation Compliance program.

    Stay tuned as we continue to announce more wonderful speakers!