Townsville is Australia's largest tropical city and adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef and this will be the first ISGE in the southern hemisphere.

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About ISGE

Gully erosion is recognized as a globally significant source of sediment to stream systems, and a natural hazard that can be accelerated by climate change, extreme events, and human land-use. We welcome established and emerging researchers and practitioners to the 8th ISGE, the world's largest and friendliest gully conference.

Themes of the 8th ISGE:

  • Gully erosion processes under climate and landuse forcing
  • Experimental and measurement techniques
  • Modelling, assessment and prediction
  • Management and prevention including social and economic aspects.


Friday 19 July 2019
  • Day trip: Australian Institute of Marine Science (optional, 30 places available)

Saturday 20 July 2019

  • Day trip: Coral Reef snorkelling (optional, 13 places available)

Sunday 21 July 2019

  • 3-5 pm: Conference registration, Rydges Southbank
  • Informal networking dinner at the Townsville Yacht Club (optional)

Monday 22 July 2019  

  • 8am: Conference registration, Rydges Southbank
  • Technical presentations
  • Behind-the-scenes evening at Reef HQ, the worlds largest living coral reef aquarium

Tuesday 23 July 2019

  • Technical presentations

Wednesday 24 July 2019

Thursday 25 July 2019

  • Technical Presentations
  • Workshops on special topics including measurement methods
  • Banquet dinner at the Townsville Brewery

Friday 26 & Saturday 27 July

  • Optional post-conference activities:
    • Field Trip to Lower Burdekin [jpg · 1mb] and Bowen River gully research and remediation sites (35 places available)
    • Day trip: Australian Institute of Marine Science (30 places available)
    • Day trip: Coral Reef snorkelling (13 places available)

Morning and afternoon sessions will begin with invited/keynote presentations followed by technical presentations. Poster sessions will be before the lunch breaks to facilitate discussions.

NOW OPEN: Call for Session Topics

Please propose session topics you would like to see on hotspots of recent gully research and practice, by email to

Registration and accommodation

Registration is now open


The conference venue is Rydges Southbank, Palmer St, Townsville

Gully erosion occurs in a wide range of landscapes here in Queensland and globally, and the 8th ISGE will discuss how a shared perspective can inform process understanding and management.

Organising Committee

Scientific Committee

We are pleased to announce the Scientific Committee, who are guiding development of the Conference Program

  • Robert Wells (Chair) (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Sean Bennett (University at Buffalo)
  • Richard Cruse (Iowa State University)
  • Mary Nichols (United States Department of Agriculture)
  • Javier Casalí (Public University of Navarre)
  • Wojciech Zglobicki (Maria Curie-Skłodowska University)
  • Anita Bernatek-Jakiel (Jagiellonian University)
  • Valentin Golosov (Laboratory for Soil Erosion and Fluvial Processes)
  • Veena Joshi (University of Pune)
  • Yan Zhang (Beijing Forestry University)
  • Matthias Vanmaercke (University of Liège)
  • Zhengan Su (Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment)
  • Carlos Castillo (University of Cordoba)

Post-conference Special Issue. A well-respected Wiley journal has agreed to publish a special issue of papers following the Symposium. The Scientific Committee will select candidates from the pool of abstracts and solicit manuscripts to appear in the gully symposium special issue.

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Thanks to our sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

Thanks to our sponsors’ commitment to informed environmental management, to innovative research and effective practical solutions addressing gully erosion.

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