The 17th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held at the Wrest Point Convention Centre in Hobart, Tasmania from 20 to 24 September 2015. The Organising Committee has taken the decision to hold the conference in alternate years to the National Soil Science Conference hosted by Soil Science Australia and the Australasian Weeds Conference hosted by the Council of Australasian Weed Societies. Both of these conferences took place in the second half of 2014, two years after the last Agronomy conference in Armidale. We hope that by avoiding this clash we will maximise the opportunity for participation at the next and future Agronomy Conferences.
The theme of the 2015 conference is Building Productive, Diverse and Sustainable Landscapes. This theme has been chosen as it reflects the role and importance of agronomy in all aspects of production agriculture and the wider environment. The theme is particularly relevant to this year’s conference host, Tasmania, as new opportunities and challenges are presented by substantial investment in new irrigation developments.
Please mark the dates in your diary and we look forward to seeing you in Hobart in September 2015.
Professor Holger Meinke
President, Australian Society of Agronomy
The Organising Committee
- Dr Tina Acuna
- Mr Peter Ball
- Professor Graeme Blair
- Dr Matthew Harrison
- Associate Professor Peter Lane
- Professor Holger Meinke
- Dr Angela Merry
- Dr Carina Moeller
- Dr Rowan Smith
- Dr David Parsons
- Dr Keith Pembleton
- Mr James Tyson
Awards & Bursaries
The Australian Society of Agronomy has several awards and bursaries associated with the conference. The most prestigious of these is the C.M. Donald Medal for Agronomy awarded to an eminent agriculturalist at each national conference of the Society.
In 2006 the Society introduced a Young Agronomist of the Year award to increase awareness and opportunities for younger members of the profession.
In 2012 the Society introduced Fellowships where winners of these fellowships will be designated as Fellows of the Australian Society of Agronomy. Fellowships shall be awarded for important contributions to agronomy.
The Society also offers conference bursaries by way of financial support to students attending the conference on a competitive basis. In 2015 a free student conference registration and up to $500 to assist with travel and accommodation costs will be offered.
Click here for further information on the Awards.
The Australian Society of Agronomy
The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.