Conference program

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Social program

RAID Early and Mid-Career Researcher Speed Networking Event

This premier networking opportunity is presented by the Sunshine Coast University to bring together a diverse mix of early and mid-career researchers to give them the chance to ask questions and get to know senior professionals in agricultural research and international development.

The event will include a series of short presentations from a selection of TropAg2017 conference delegates, a speed meet networking session, and an informal networking session with drinks and canapés.

This event has been organised by the RAID Network and QAAFI. For enquiries, please contact Hannah Hardy,

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: The Charming Squire, 3/133 Grey St, South Brisbane (located across the road from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Cost: Free
Registration coming soon
Dress: Smart casual


Food Evolution movie screening

The Food Evolution movie explores the complexity of cultural attitudes to GMOs and food, and investigates how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.

Join one of the stars of the film, Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a science communicator and an animal genomics and biotechnology specialist, together with Professor Robert Henry, a plant geneticist and Professor of Innovation from the University of Queensland – for a new perspective on the GMO debate.

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017
Time: 6.15 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: Plaza Auditorium, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Free
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Dress: Casual


Welcome reception

To kick off your TropAg2017 experience enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks and cocktail food at the welcome reception. The reception will be held in the trade exhibition area providing you with the opportunity to network with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors.

Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Time: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Plaza Auditorium foyer, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Included for all registered conference participants
Guest tickets A$50
Dress: Casual


Conference dinner

The TropAg2017 conference dinner will feature a three course meal that showcases Queensland’s finest and freshest produce, accompanied by Australian wine and other beverages. Entertainment will accompany the evening and provide another opportunity to network with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors.

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Venue: Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: A$125 per ticket
Dress: Cocktail


Global Leadership Series: Food facts, fads and fallacies

Ever since Hippocrates declared all disease begins in the gut over 2000 years ago, there has never been more public interest, or confusion, in the Western world about our diets and the food we should be eating for optimal health. The University of Queensland is bringing together an expert panel of TropAg2017 speakers to discuss diet fads, ancient foods and new products for food and health.

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane
Cost: A$25 per ticket
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Dress: Business attire