Shaping the Science of Tomorrow

Climate and agriculture innovation on the menu at TropAg

From protecting beer production against climate variability, to boosting food production using gene editing and nanotechnology, the conference will investigate shaping the science of tomorrow for agricultural and food production systems for both advanced and developing economies.

With the global population expected to reach over nine billion by 2050, the greatest pressure will likely be experienced in the world’s tropical and sub-tropical zones – which is home to half the world’s population and fastest growing economies,” said conference chair Professor Robert Henry.

TropAg brings leading scientists and innovators together to address climate challenges such as heat, drought and floods – and increase production of nutritious and safe food by 70 percent in the next 30 years.”

Keynote speakers confirmed to present during the third international TropAg Conference, to be held 11-13 November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre include:

  • Mr Alfred de Vries – Senior Program Officer, Animal Production – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Dr Lawrence Haddad – Executive Director – Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  • Professor Mark Howden – Director, Climate Change Institute – Australian National University
  • Ms Birgitte Skadhauge – Vice President, Carlsberg Research Laboratory – Carlsberg Group
  • Mr Derrick Thompson – Senior Manager, Key Accounts & Business Development – Hitachi Australia
  • Professor Pamela Ronald – Founding Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy – UC Davis
  • Dr Usha Zehr – Director and Chief Technology Officer – Maharashtra Hybrid Seeds Company (Mahyco)

“The TropAg program includes five themes across field crops, horticulture, livestock, nutritious food and an AgFutures stream showcasing Queensland’s latest technology and innovations in digital and data platforms, robotics, satellites and biotechnologies,” Professor Henry said.

A key feature of the conference is an alliance of northern Australia research providers including – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, James Cook University, Central Queensland University and University of Southern Queensland – to deliver 40 scientific symposia sessions to be presented over three days.

Around 750 delegates are expected to attend the conference from 50 countries around the world. TropAg 2019 will feature 300 speakers presenting in plenary and symposia, and a number of networking and social events run throughout the week.

“Australian producers are known for producing high quality, clean and green produce – in some of the toughest tropical and sub-tropical environments,” Professor Henry said.

Registrations for TropAg are now open, with around 750 delegates from across the world expected to attend including researchers, growers, investors, agriculture industry leaders, policy makers and agribusiness professionals.

The TropAg preliminary program and registration details are available from the TropAg website.


Media contacts: Professor Robert Henry, Chair of TropAg Executive Committee and Carolyn Martin, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, E. carolyn.martin@uq.edu.au M. 0439 399 886.

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