The Local Organising Committee, the National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia, PIANC and IPENZ invite you to attend the Australasian Coasts & Ports 2017 Conference; an amalgamation of the 23rd Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 16th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference. The Conference will be held in Cairns, Queensland, from 21-23 June, at the Cairns Convention Centre.

The Coasts & Ports Conference series is the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss issues extending across all disciplines related to coasts and ports.

Our Conference theme “Working with Nature” reflects the increasing recognition of the need to design and operate projects from a perspective that places the natural environment at the forefront of the project, to benefit the community and nature.

An increasing awareness of the value for ecosystem services, both marine and terrestrial, complements this philosophy, and provides opportunity for maximising the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration between engineers, scientists and regulatory bodies.

Coasts & Ports 2017 will bring together engineers, planners, scientists and researchers to Cairns, to focus on the technological, scientific, policy, planning and design issues related to our diverse and developing coasts.

Coasts & Ports 2017 will continue to publicise the persisting importance of coastal engineering problems, incorporating numerous concurrent streams for technical presentations, half-day field trips and the opportunity to network with colleagues in a vibrant social program, including a Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and Closing Sundowner.

We look forward to seeing you in Cairns in 2017!

Professor Tom Baldock
Coasts & Ports 2017 Chairperson