SUBMISSION IS NOW OPEN FOR PROPOSALS FOR SYMPOSIA TO BE PRESENTED AT THE TROPAG2019 CONFERENCE IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA FROM 11–13 NOVEMBER 2019.
A symposium is designed to be a focused session in which speakers present on a common theme. There are five themes from which to choose, as listed below.
Each symposium will run for two hours and is to incorporate six speakers.
The symposium should consist of a chairperson briefly introducing the topic and introducing the session. This is to be followed by six individual speakers, each with an allotted presentation time of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes to allow audience members to ask questions of presenters and for an exchange of views.
The six speakers can be from any origin and may include a TropAg2019 keynote speaker. Please note a keynote speaker may present only one symposium address.
If your proposal is successful the symposium applicant, chairperson and speakers will be requested to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Full Conference and single day registrations will be available via the on-line registration portal.
The symposium applicant, chairperson and speakers are to fund their own travel expenses.
Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the Advisory Committee to evaluate the quality of and potential interest in the symposium.
Symposium proposals are to be submitted on the application form by 1 March 2019 via email to TropAg2019@expertevents.com.au.
The proposal should include:
1. Symposium title
2. Selection of the relevant theme(s)
3. A short descriptive summary of the symposium (100–200 words)
4. Targeted audience profile
5. Title, name, affiliation and country of the proposed speakers
6. Individual speakers’ draft presentation titles.
The Committee will judge the proposals according to its ability to address the themes of the conference. Applicants will be advised via email whether or not their symposium proposal has been accepted by 29 March 2019.
Successful applicants will be required to submit their confirmed speakers, presentation titles and chairperson names to the conference secretariat via email to TropAg2019@expertevents.com.au by Friday 31 May 2019.
Individual symposium presenters will be required to submit their final abstract via the TropAg2019 website by 1 August 2019.
This theme invites symposia that will cover all aspects of tropical and sub-tropical field crop improvement with a focus on productivity, sustainability and product quality for target markets and consumers. This may include topics such as:
This theme invites a series of symposia on initiatives and new technologies to deliver improved market acceptability and productivity for tropical and sub-tropical horticultural crops. This may include:
This theme is inclusive of all tropical and sub-tropical animal science, and its interaction with the environment and production systems, including teaching, consultancy and community-based service programs. Symposia which address specific research of one to a multitude of industries, including the meat and livestock, poultry, pork and sheep, would be applicable. Symposia are invited on topics including:
This theme focuses on the whole food value-chain – from breeding through to our daily bread and butter. This theme encourages symposia that showcase the complete value chain, from breeding, production, processing to final food quality across a range of food types relevant to the tropics and sub-tropics. This can be from local (domestic systems) to global food production.
Symposia topics may focus on:
AgFutures, hosted by the Queensland Government, focuses on showcasing agri-technology and investment in Queensland. Queensland producers have a worldwide reputation for producing high quality, clean and green produce in harsh environments in tropical and sub-tropical climates and the AgFutures theme showcases the state’s latest technology and innovations in digital and data platforms, robotics, satellites and biotechnologies. Theme topics include industry-wide investment required for innovations, emerging trends, business opportunities and capital models from farm gate to agribusiness, agri-tech, processing and research. This theme is recommended for representatives from the agriculture and food sectors, including producers, researchers, policy makers, and agribusiness.