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Conference registrations for ISES 2017 Down Under are now closed (as of 1 November 2017).

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ISES 13th Equitation Science conference – ISES 2017 Down Under

Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia


Equitation Science in Practice:
Collaboration, Communication and Change

The ISES 2017 Down Under conference will provide an environment for the exchange of ideas between equestrians of all disciplines, practitioners, academics, businesses and governments.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) at Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia, will host this year’s annual ISES conference.

Situated on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga – known as Wagga to locals – has a proud sporting history, a thriving cultural calendar and a growing restaurant and café scene. CSU’s campus at Wagga, is situated on 640 hectares and includes a campus farm, equine centre, vineyard, winery and a range of technical and industry standard teaching and operational facilities. A central dining area provides students and guests with a variety of meal options and the campus offers a range of sporting fields and facilities including a gymnasium and swimming pool.

The Wiradjuri tribe are the Traditional Owners of the land, with many names in the area derived from their language. The city name  ‘Wagga’, ‘Wahga’ or Wahgam’ in aboriginal dialect means ‘crow’ and Wagga Wagga means ‘crows’ or ‘the place where crows assemble in large numbers’ and the Murrumbidgee River which runs through Wagga means ‘plenty water’ or ‘big water’.

Conference theme

Equitation Science Researchers were invited to submit abstracts that fall within the deliberately broad theme of Equitation Science in Practice: Collaboration, Communication and Change. Abstract submission has now closed. A wide range of abstracts under this theme have been received and we are looking forward to the research being presented at the conference.

ISES receives NSW Government sponsorship for ISES 2017 Down Under

The NSW Department of Industry has awarded funding of $6,500 to the International Society of Equitation Science for the 2017 conference in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia.

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General conference information

A table of registration fees for ISES 2017 Down Under can be viewed here – for full accommodation option pricing and ISES Member rates applied to your registration, view the Registration page during checkout.

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The indicative schedule for the 3 days of the ISES 2017 Down Under conference can be viewed here. 

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Sir Isaac Newton famously wrote; ‘If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants’ (nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) conveying the notion of discovering ‘truth’…

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Friday night's Cork and Fork Fest, presented by local Wagga Wagga winery outfit Borambola Wines, is included in your conference registration fee, and will be a fantastic evening out at…

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Wagga Wagga is the capital of the Riverina region providing an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors. With over 64,000 people living in the area, Wagga Wagga presents a relaxed rural lifestyle with facilities to suit everyone.

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Total return fare to the university for one passenger from Wagga Wagga Airport is AUD $100 return journey or one way AUD $55 per person. Waggle Shuttle staff will meet…

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Speakers, heads and plenary leaders

Professor Glenn Edwards

Head of School of Animal and Veterinary Science CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU and SAVs; The importance of collaboration in the animal industry.

Glenn is Professor of Veterinary Surgery and Head of...

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Professor Tim Wess

Executive Dean Faculty of Science CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU Faculty of Science; The importance of communication of science in a multi-layered environment.

Professor Tim Wess was appointed as Executive Dean, Faculty of...

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Professor Andrew Vann

Vice Chancellor and President CSU

Presenting: Welcome to CSU; The articulation and management of change through engagement in a complex and impassioned environment.

Professor Vann trained as a civil engineer and worked...

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Professor Natalie (Nat) Waran

BSc (Hons), PhD

Presenting: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants.

Nat is an applied scientist by training, and an educationalist at heart. She describes her research and education interests as being in...

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Assoc. Professor Hayley Randle

BSc (Hons), PhD, ISES Vice President

Presenting: Day 1 Plenary: Putting Equitation Science into Practice: Collaboration, Communication and Change Past, Present and Future and co-presenting the workshop Standing on the Shoulders...

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Nic de Brauwere MRCVS

Head of Welfare Rehabilitation and Education – Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Nic de Brauwere is Head of Welfare Rehabilitation and Education at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, the UK’s largest horse charity. Nic is also...

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Peta Lee Hitchens PhD

BAppSci, MVPHMgt, PhD

Dr Peta Hitchens is a Research Fellow in Equine Veterinary Epidemiology at the University of Melbourne. She combines expertise in epidemiological research of equine and human health, safety...

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Lauren Hemsworth PhD

PhD Research Fellow

Dr Lauren Hemsworth is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Animal Welfare Science Centre (AWSC). Lauren’s career to date has focused on improving the welfare of...

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Leigh Wills

Equus Education (NZ) Ltd

Leigh Wills is the founder and director of Equus Education (NZ) Ltd; innovators who specialise in understanding what is natural...

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Richard van Dijk

Train Teach Trim www.trainteachtrim.com.au

Richard’s business in South Australia is called Train Teach Trim which means ‘Train the horse, teach the human, trim the hooves’. Horses come to his property for...

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