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IHC2014 Newsletter No. 1
June 2011

Vegetable trayWelcome to our first e-newsletter for the 29th International Horticultural Congress to be held in Brisbane, Australia in August 2014 – the second time only that the IHC has been held in the southern hemisphere. Preparations are now well underway for the event, and the IHC2014 Congress Organising Committee is already working hard to ensure that the Congress will be an exciting and successful event for all delegates who attend the “land down under”.

If you have not already done so, please reserve the dates of August 17-22, 2014 in your forward calendar.

The Organising Committee is committed to providing you timely and relevant information over the next three years in the lead-up to the Congress. This e-newsletter is part of that communication and will provide you with congress updates and key dates. If you do not wish to receive further e-newsletters, please click the unsubscribe button below and your details will be removed from our contacts list.

We look forward to welcoming you in Brisbane in 2014.

Professor Rod Drew

Professor Ian Warrington

Co-Chairs, Congress Executive Committee 2014


  • Introducing the IHC2014 Organising Committee
  • Feedback from Lisbon helps shape Brisbane 2014
  • IHC Board to visit Brisbane in September 2011
  • Interested in volunteering for IHC2014?
  • Become an Ambassador for IHC2014
  • Upcoming events: Horticulture for the Future Conference, September 2011, Lorne, Victoria – Call for Abstracts


Professor Rod Drew (Co-President – Australia)

IHC ExecutiveRod has an active teaching and research program at Griffith University, Brisbane. His research has focussed on genetic improvement, particularly disease resistance, in papaya. He is passionate about helping develop agriculture in developing Pacific countries. He has chaired the commission for Molecular Biology and In Vitro Culture and convened several successful ISHS symposia.

Professor Ian Warrington (Co-President – New Zealand)

Ian has recently retired as Deputy Vice Chancellor and Professor of Horticultural Science at Massey University and was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of HortResearch in New Zealand. He has extensive experience in ISHS, having served as Vice President over the last 8 years. Ian brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the IHC2014 team.

Dr Russ Stephenson (Vice-President - Operations, Australia)

Russ is a Senior Principal Horticulturist based at the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation’s (DEEDI) Maroochy Research Station on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane. His research has focussed on the development of the emerging Australian macadamia industry.

Ms Jill Stanley (Vice-President – Scientific, New Zealand)

Jill is an experienced plant physiologist with Plant & Food Research. She spent four years, based in Spain, developing collaborations for HortResearch in Europe. She has been an ISHS Councillor for 13 years and has served her national society as President and currently as a Councillor. She believes IHC2014 is a fantastic opportunity for horticultural scientists “Down Under” to really benefit from the world horticultural community coming to our doorstep.

Ms Luseane Taufa (Pacific Islands Liaison)

Luseane is a Senior Plant Pathologist in Tonga and is passionate about development of horticultural science for the benefit of Pacific Island countries.

Dr Peter Oppenheim (Secretary)

Peter is chair of the ISHS Commission of Economics and Management and has held teaching and research positions in universities both in Australia and New Zealand. Peter’s research interests centre on two main areas of horticulture - mathematical programming and production planning, and analysis of consumer choice.

Mr John Chapman (Finance and Sponsorship)

Native flowerJohn is the Managing Director of Agri-Science Queensland within the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI). He is passionate about the professional development of his staff and believes participation in an outstanding IHC2014 will make a valuable contribution to this.

Mr Nick Macleod (Treasurer)

Nick is a Science Leader in Horticulture and Forestry Science within the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI). He contributes significantly through his strong linkages with horticultural industries.

Professor David Aldous (Communications and Marketing)

David had a distinguished career at the University of Melbourne and is currently Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Queensland. He is Chair of the ISHS Commission on Education, Research Training and Consultancy. His research, teaching and extension has focused on environmental and urban horticulture issues.

Dr Peter Batt  (Scientific Liaison, Australia)

Peter is Professor of Food and Agribusiness Marketing at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. He has extensive international experience in the marketing of fresh produce and the analysis of fresh produce supply chains in Asia. He is currently Deputy Chair of the ISHS Commission on Economics and Management and to date has organised eight international symposia for ISHS including the very successful series on improving the performance of supply chain in the transitional economies.

Professor Julian Heyes (Scientific Liaison, New Zealand)

Julian is Professor of Postharvest Technology and Director of the Centre for Postharvest and Refrigeration Research at Massey University. He also works part-time as a senior scientist with responsibility for vegetable research at Plant & Food Research, Palmerston North. Julian is one of the three Council members of ISHS for New Zealand and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Science.

Mr Gerard McEvilly (Industry Liaison, Australia)

Gerard is an experienced R&D manager, associated with several specialist teams working on projects related to supply chain management and climate change impacts. His strong interest in education includes part-time lecturing, developing industry training courses and compiling a guide to courses and careers in horticulture. He believes that IHC2014 has the potential to underpin the future of horticulture as an industry and as a profession.

Mr Bob Martin (Industry Liaison, New Zealand)

Bob, who is now retired, was a Manager for Zespri in New Zealand working on R&D and quality systems. He has a wealth of industry experience and linkages.

Dr Richard Markham (International Liaison)

Richard is a Manager with ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and is responsible for the development of horticulture in the Pacific Region.


Our IHC2014 Organising Committee knows that it is best to build the Brisbane event on the successful features of previous Congresses. To help better understand these features,  we completed a survey of over 1000 participants who attended the 28th International Horticultural Congress in Lisbon in 2010. We also listened to feedback from our enthusiastic team of Australian/New Zealand/Pacific Islands ambassadors on the ground in Lisbon (see photo at right) on what worked well and where improvements might be beneficial. As a result, we are committed to retaining many of the features you loved about the Lisbon event while adding some uniquely Australasian experiences and the relaxed “down under” hospitality.

Some of the things we are focusing on as a result of the survey and feedback include:

  • Regular e-newsletters confirming key dates, Congress content and related symposia;
  • Streamlined registration systems;
  • Plenty of helpful Congress staff on hand;
  • A professionally organized event that eliminates “no shows” from the program and uses new technologies to bring the program and abstracts in real time to delegates;
  • A unique keynote programme;
  • Plenty of comfortable seating around the venue for small groups to interact;
  • Central location of the Congress venue to quality, affordable accommodation as well as to Brisbane’s well-known attractions and night life;
  • A wide variety of field trips to highlight the horticultural diversity of the region and the key horticultural challenges faced;
  • Well organised partner programmes that offer a special “down under” experience for delegates’ partners and families.

These are just some of the many useful suggestions that will be incorporated into IHC2014.

Note that it is not too late to offer your suggestions – please email us at

The IHC2014 Organising Committee acknowleges the Organsing Committee of IHC2010 in Lisbon for conducting a highly successful event which forms a wonderful platform for our 2014 Congress.


The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Board will be visiting Brisbane later this year (September 14-17). They’ll visit the 2014 Congress venue and continue planning with the 2014 Organizing Committee. The new Board members include Professor Antonio A. Monteiro (Portugal), Dr Kim E. Hunter (United States of America), Professor Dr. Georg J. Noga (Germany), Professor Yves Desjardins (Canada), Professor Dr. Errol W. Hewett (New Zealand), Professor Ian J. Warrington (New Zealand) and Ir. Jozef Van Assche (Belgium). We warmly welcome the ISHS Board to Brisbane for its September meeting.


Are you interested in serving as a volunteer for this exciting event? If so, we would love to hear from you. Looking ahead, we’ll need volunteers in the following areas:

  • Scientific Committee (refereeing/editing, speaker’s assistance, program)
  • Communication and Marketing (media management, writing/editing articles and press releases, promotion, planning marketing activities, audience research, publicity, public relations)
  • Operations (technical tours guides, courtesy guides at the Convention centre, welcome team at airport, social activities/dinners) and;
  • Sponsorship (collaborators/exhibitors/partners linkages)

If you would like to help, please contact Dr Russ Stephenson Vice-President - Operations, Australia (


If you are from Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Island nations and either organising an ISHS event or attending a scientific meeting nationally or internationally, we’d like your help to promote IHC2014. To assist you as a Congress ambassador we have prepared a promotional package that includes a Congress shirt, brochures, promotional banners, clip-on koalas and “Register Interest Now” business cards. Also, if you can secure a 5 to 10 minute speaking spot, we have a brief Powerpoint presentation that can be shared with delegates at your event.

For more details on how you might be able to help promote IHC2014, please contact Dr Russ Stephenson, Vice-President - Operations, Australia (



Conference organisers are now calling for abstracts to “Horticulture for the Future”. This joint conference hosted by APHC/AuSHS/NZIAHS is to be held at Mantra Erskine Beach Resort, Lorne, Victoria from 18-22 September 2011. The theme covers a wide range of disciplines and issues such as climate variability and resource-use efficiency.

Further information is available at the conference web site:


We welcome any comments, feedback, and news articles for future issues of our e-newsletter. Please send these to our editor, Dr Paul Johnstone ( The deadline for submissions for the next e-newsletter is September 30, 2011.

If you know any non-members, new faculty staff, and new industry personnel involved in horticulture and/or horticultural science and who might be interested in receiving the 2014 IHC e-newsletter, please invite them to register on


Dr Paul Johnstone
IHC2014 News Editor