Pre-Symposium Workshops

Pre-Symposium Workshop (for symposium delegates) 

‘Introduction to the ‘rgee’ package in R’

Learn how to retrieve and manipulate satellite images using the Google Earth Engine in R, and study vegetation change at large scale!

When and where
Sunday, 3 September 2023, Opal Cove Resort, Coffs Harbour

In this 1-day workshop (8.30 am–4.30 pm), you will learn how to retrieve and manipulate satellite images using the ‘rgee’ package in R. Rgee allows you to exploit the Google Earth Engine server to visualise vegetation change at large scale through calculation of vegetation indices and image classification.

The cost of the workshop is AU$150, and you will need to bring your PC with R and RStudio installed. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided.

Hurry, because places are limited!

Workshop program

  • Brief introduction on remote sensing
  • Data retrieval and manipulation
  • Vegetation indexes
  • Image classification

Elisa Thouverai, PhD candidate, BIOME Lab, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Key Dates

Special session and workshop proposals deadline:
20 April 2023
IAVS travel grant applications and abstracts deadline:
20 April 2023
Abstract submission (excluding IAVS travel grant application submissions) deadline: 
Extended to 12 May 2023
Notification to authors on abstract acceptance:
20 May 2023 (first round)
Travel grant decisions announced: 20 May 2023
Earlybird Registration Deadline: 15 June 2023

Pre-symposium Workshop (open to all, not limited to symposium attendees. Numbers are limited)

2023 Eucalyptus Dieback Research Forum

Date: Sunday 3rd September
Time: 9.00am – 3.30pm
Host: NSW Natural Resources Commission
Cost: Free to attend

Description: The NSW Natural Resources Commission is co-ordinating a free pre symposium research forum on Sunday 3 September. The 2023 Eucalyptus Dieback research forum forms part of a NSW Environmental Trust research program focused on untangling the causes of Eucalyptus dieback. Eucalyptus dieback is a complex phenomenon. The collaborative research program has been designed with researchers in different fields working together to better understand primary causes and propose interventions that land managers can adopt. The forum will include presentations from grant recipients and will provide opportunities for questions and answers. Presenters include, The Australian National University, University of New England, Western Sydney University, Macquarie University, and the CSIRO. The research forum is open, but spaces are limited. Land managers, environmental group representatives, agency staff and researchers are encouraged to register.

If you are attending the symposium, please register for the forum via the IAVS 2023 Delegate Registration Form.

If you have already registered for the symposium and would like to also attend the research forum, please email

If you will be attending the forum, but not the IAVS Symposium, please use the workshop only registration form found here: 2023 Eucalyptus Dieback Research Forum Only

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