Due to predictions that COVID infections will likely peak in Queensland in the last week of January or early February, the executive has decided to postpone the 20th Australian Agronomy conference to 18–22 September 2022.
Under current conditions, field trips cannot operate and many of our delegates now have restrictions on their travel. Although contingency planning provided the option of a hybrid conference, a cap of 30% virtual delegates was originally set as Agronomy Conferences are an important forum for researchers and the wider agronomy business community. Offering a predominantly face-to-face conference is integral for networking opportunities and field trips in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, which we believe is a critical outcome of the Agronomy Conference.
All registrations will be automatically transferred to the new conference dates. If you are currently registered to attend as a virtual delegate you will be contacted by the Expert Events team within the next couple of weeks, to confirm if you would like to keep your virtual registration or switch to in-person.
For those who had booked accommodation through the conference registration portal we are working with the different hotels to either cancel or transfer these bookings. The Expert Events team will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your accommodation options.
Expert Events is currently organising new accommodation blocks for the September dates and will advise everyone, when these will be available to book via the conference registration portal.
We sincerely apologise to all delegates for the inconvenience this may cause. In making this decision, the executive also decided that should the Covid-19 pandemic still be restricting travel in September the conference will be held fully online and not delayed any further. The conference proceedings will still be published in February. Having said that, delegates will be able to present updated information during the presentations given at the conference in September. We look forward to you joining us then.
Executive Committee of the 20th Australian Agronomy Conference
On behalf of the Australian Society of Agronomy it is a great pleasure and honour to invite you all to attend the 20th Australian Agronomy Conference, to be held from 18—22 September 2022 both in-person in Toowoomba and also virtually.
The theme of the conference is System Solutions for Complex Problems. The theme underpins the need to strengthen collaborations between practitioners and researchers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to address increasingly complex problems and uncertainties. So, the question is not If, but when and how, multidisciplinary collaborations will be developed.
The 20th Australian Agronomy Conference will feature leading international and national speakers addressing issues such as the need to foster soil biology for enduring profitability, carbon sequestration, herbicide resistance, and the interwoven relationships between food production, energy and the environment. We will discuss and share our latest research findings amongst circa 300 agronomists from Australia and the world, as well as farmers, consultants, agribusinesses and farmer peak bodies.
The selection of Toowoomba is not casual. Toowoomba is located one and a half hours west of Brisbane, is the largest inland city in Australia, as well as one of the largest hubs for research, collaborations, and agri-business start-ups in the Southern Hemisphere.
We hope you will join us either in-person or online to celebrate the convergence of practice and science.
Professor Daniel Rodriguez