We would like to invite you to Science Protecting Plant Health 2017, to be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland Australia, from 26-28 September 2017.

We are pleased to present an international event and host a joint conference of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society and the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre.  We will present an exciting and invigorating scientific programme that will appeal to a broad audience of researchers, students, educators and policy makers. 

Conference themes will focus on the latest science, research and practice from leaders in their fields encompassing all the disciplines of plant biosecurity, plant pathology and entomology. Recent developments, as well as future advances, will be showcased at this peak event, with presentations by international, national and local speakers in a well-rounded program augmented by poster presentations and an exciting social schedule.

Field trips, including to the spectacular “Carnival of Flowers” in Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, are currently being planned, as is a series of workshops by expert presenters on specific disciplines.

Brisbane, in the south-east corner of Queensland, has much to offer Australian and international visitors. Late September provides perfect weather – the days are typically sunny and temperatures warm without high humidity. Brisbane, surrounded by rich horticultural land, is the gateway to the amazing beaches of the Sunshine Coast to the north, the Gold Coast and Lamington Plateau to the south, the sand islands of Moreton Bay and the agricultural lands of the Darling Downs to the west.

Plan an extended visit to Queensland, and experience unique Gondwana subtropical rainforests, breeding grounds of the majestic humpback whale, pristine beaches and coral reefs.

There is much to see and enjoy in Queensland.  We look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

Ms Jennifer Cobon                                                                                                      Dr Michael Robinson
Australasian Plant Pathology Society                                                                      Plant Biosecurity CRC
Conference Convenor                                                                                              Conference Convenor

Conference Committee

Jennifer Cobon | Conference Convenor & Chair
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Qld

Michael Robinson | Conference Convenor
Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre


Andrew Geering | Scientific Programme    
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI),
The University of Queensland


Elizabeth Dann | Sponsorship
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI),
The University of Queensland

Victor Galea | Treasurer 
The University of Queensland


Tony Steeper | Executive Committee
Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre


Jo Luck | Executive Committee
Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre

Roslyn Reen | Committee Member
The University of Southern Queensland

Elizabeth Aitken | Committee Member
The University of Queensland

Christine Horlock | Committee Member
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Qld


Roger Shivas | Workshops
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Qld

Kirsty Owen | Field trips
The University of Southern Queensland


Kylee Carpenter | Sponsorship 
Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre


Pauline Wyatt | Scientific Programme
Department of Agriculture & Fisheries, Qld

Support for SCIPLANT 2017

Dr Geoff Garrett AO

As the world population continues to grow, our future is inexorably linked to a secure food supply and a healthy environment. Having strong plant protection and biosecurity systems is not just desirable, but is critical to our existence.

Queensland has an exemplary record of implementing successful biosecurity measures, such as the eradication of citrus bacterial canker, the control of sugarcane smut, and the containment of Panama Tropical Race 4 in banana plantations.

Such achievements are testimony to Queensland’s world-leading research and development capacity in plant protection and plant health. So it is only logical that our great state be host to an international conference that seeks to inform and provide an information exchange for the world’s leading authorities in this endeavour.

One of my passions is to see the translation of research and ideas into practical solutions. We can do so much more to improve translation through effective collaboration and communication between researchers and industry. Many of the programs developed under the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland initiative are focussed on this very thing – and require research institutions to ‘hold hands’ with industry and end users, thereby improving the flow of ideas in both directions.

I am therefore delighted that the SCIPLANT 2017 is focussed on facilitating engagement and the exchange of ideas between researchers and the end users of this research.

I commend the SCIPLANT 2017 to all those interested in learning more about, and to applying the world’s best ideas in plant health.


Dr Geoff Garrett AO
Queensland Chief Scientist

Abstract Submissions - Extended

The committee is happy to announce that abstract submission for the conference is open and has been extended until 25th April 2017. All abstracts are to be submitted online only.

For full topics, abstract guidelines and an example abstract please click on the link below.  Abstracts will be considered for both oral and poster presentations but the final decision will be made at the discretion of the program committee.


View Guidelines and Submission Process

Submit an Abstract

Registration Prices

Earlybird registrations are now open.

Select a registration type

Full Registration

Access to every session and social function of this years conference. Early Bird Registration closes 24 June 2017.

Register Now

Please ensure that you have read our cancellation and refund policy prior to registering.

Earlybird Regular
APPS Member $895 $1050
APPS Student Member $395 $495
Non-Member $1095 $1295
Student - Non-Member $495 $595

Day Registration

Access to every session on a single day at this years conference.

Earlybird Regular
APPS Member $450 $550
APPS Student Member $250 $300
Non-Member $495 $595
Student - Non-Member $360 $360

                   Welcome Reception

                   SkyRoom I Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
                   Monday 25th September 2017
                   6:00pm - 7:30pm
                   Additional Tickets - AUD $80

                  NB: Numbers are limited.

Conference Dinner                   

Brisbane City Hall I Adelaide Street I Brisbane                   
Wednesday 27th September 2017                   
7:30pm - 11:00pm                   
Additional Tickets - AUD$150                   


For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact the Conference Secretariat for a copy of the Sponsorship Prospectus.
e: spph@yrd.com.au or p: +61 7 3368 2422

Sponsorship Prospectus

Media Releases

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July 2016 - International Plant Health Conference confirmed for Australia