The NZES meets annually, sometimes in conjunction with other groups, to report research, plan further work, and discuss current ideas in ecological science, particularly those of relevance to the New Zealand environment. This will be the first NZES to be held at Massey for more than a decade, and gives a great opportunity for professionals, practitioners, enthusiasts and academics alike to gather and update on the latest ideas and information. In particular, the Society has always encouraged graduate students to take part in both the main conference, and the student-only day on the Sunday. In addition there is a day of field trips at the end of the conference and occasional workshops.
The theme for 2014 is:
"Is NZ the world's invasion hotspot?"
This theme is designed to encourage understanding of the science of invasion, which can then be applied to improving management of invading species, both plants and animals. To further that end we have planned a range of challenging symposia and have some great speakers coming to stir and inspire and confront us with their latest ideas.