TropAg2017 – International Tropical Agricultural Conference

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TropAg, billed as ‘the world’s leading international conference on tropical agriculture’, is now in its second rotation. TropAg 2015, which featured a dozen-plus international speakers with expertise in the field of tropical agriculture, was attended by 500-plus delegates from more than 15 countries.

This year, under the 2017 conference theme, ‘High impact science to nourish the world’, a diverse program has been developed by an advisory committee representing more than 10 nations across the world’s tropical regions, all global leaders in their respective fields.

The second TropAg conference will again be hosted by the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and the University of Queensland (UQ).

UQ, which hosted the inaugural TropAg in 2015, is ranked number 55 in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities and in the world’s top 10 universities for agricultural science. This year's host venue this year will be the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in South Brisbane. 

The TropAg 2017 program

This year’s conference program will be divided into a multitude of concurrent sessions and symposia helmed by world-leading keynote speakers. Each symposia has been developed to highlight scientific advances of relevance in one of five key fields of research: agricultural; animal; horticultural; crop; and food.

Check out the program of symposia or download the full conference program here. 

A 2.4-million-acre cattle ranch in the Northern Territory: most of Australia's vast organic acreage is grazing land for free-range beef cattle.
A 2.4-million-acre cattle ranch in the Northern Territory: much of Northern Australia's vast acreage is used as grazing land for free-range beef cattle.
Harris Walker, Flickr CC

Ancillary events

A terrific program of ancillary events will run in tandem with the conference, beginning with a special free screening for conference delegates of the film Food Evolution on Sunday 19 November from 6.15pm until around 8.30pm at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre's Plaza Auditorium. To pre-book your ticket, visit the event registration page.

Key networking events include:

  • the official Welcome Reception on the evenng of Monday 20 November from  5.30-7.30pm, billed as "a relaxed evening of drinks and cocktail food" in the trade exhibition area, giving attendees the chance to meet and mingle with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors - free for registered delegates and $50 per guest ticket.
  • the Conference Dinner, a three-course meal showcasing Queensland’s "finest and freshest" produce matched with fine Australian wines and other beverages, accompanying entertainment and ample opportunity to network with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors ($125 per person; tickets must be booked in advance).

From 6-8pm on the final evening - Wednesday 22 November - at Brisbane's Customs House, there's a discussion on 'food facts, fads and fallacies' led by expert panelists brought together for TropAg 2017 by the University of Queensland for TropAg as part of its Global Leadership Series ($25 per ticket; register here).

A bunch of baby bananas: the DPI led workshop is a chance for NSW North Coast growers to get the latest information on banana management issues.
Manage me bananas: TropAg 2017 is your chance to rub shoulders with local and global experts in the field of tropical agriculture.
Anna Rodriguez Carrington, Flickr CC

Registration and further information

To register for the conference, visit the official event registration page. For more information on the event, visit the TropAg 2017 website or TropAg 2017 Facebook page.

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Event date: 
Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 18:15 to Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 20:00