The AARES 2015 Annual Conference website is now open and submissions for Pre-conference Workshops and Mini-Symposia are being accepted (closing date 5 September 2014).
A call for the submission of abstracts for posters, selected papers and contributed papers will be issued in July 2014.
Further information, including a list of principal dates, is available on the conference website.
As president-elect of the Society, Alan suggested "Global, Local, Private, Public: Rethinking the Categories, Bridging the Gaps" for the theme of the 2014 Conference. Dr Nicholas Gruen provided a stimulating perspective on this theme at the Official Opening and Dr Simon Dietz lucidly addressed the economics of catastrophic climate risk in the Opening Plenary Session at the Conference.
The inaugural Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of New England, Jack Neville Lewis, died on April 9 in Ireland. He was 93.
After war service, a career in the Federal Public Service and study at Harvard, Jack took up his appointment at UNE in July 1957. In 1970, he joined the International Wool Secretariat in London. In the early 1980s, Jack spent two years as Chief Research Economist at the then Bureau of Agricultural Economics. Following his retirement he moved to Ireland.
An obituary, which will honour this esteemed and significant figure in Australian Agricultural Economics, is being drafted for publication in the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
The following prize winners were announced at the AARES 2014 Annual Conference Dinner in Port Macquarie: