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IHC2014 Newsletter
December 2011


Planning for IHC2014 is advancing well thanks to a very enthusiastic Organising Committee and others who are contributing in many different ways in the lead-up to the Congress. The Executive Committee is meeting regularly and welcomes any comments or suggestions for the Congress at any time – please send these to

Breaking news!! We are very pleased to announce that the Fifth World Congress on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants will now be held in partnership with IHC2014. The Congress will feature in the Opening Ceremony and will have scientific sessions concurrent with the IHC Congress sessions. Ongoing discussions are being held with other potential partners who are involved with horticultural science.

Particular attention is also being given to partnering with scientists in the Pacific nations and across Asia. Scientists in a number of countries are being consulted to ensure the programme has a strong Asian Pacific focus.

ICMS Australasia was also appointed as the professional conference organiser, and will ensure the event is run smoothly and that all delegates have a great adventure down under.

We extend our thanks and appreciation for the support that we have received to date from many people who are committed to making this Congress an outstanding success. We also wish all of you a happy, safe and rewarding Festive Season and look forward to working with each of you in the New Year.

Rod Drew

Luseane Taufa

Ian Warrington

(Congress Co-Presidents)


• ISHS Board and Executive visit Brisbane

• Development of horticultural science in the Pacific

• Successful 'Horticulture for the Future' conference

Introducing the host city, Brisbane

• IHC2014 Congress programme

• Building industry links to IHC2014

• Promoting IHC2014

• Interested in volunteering for IHC2014?

• Australian horticultural statistics


The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Board and Executive visited Brisbane in September, 2011. During their trip, Jill Stanley (Vice President - Scientific, IHC2014 Organising Committee) provided an update on the scientific programme and received input from the Board and Executive to ensure all ISHS Sections and Commissions are represented. “We’re planning to showcase a wide variety of horticultural disciplines in Brisbane around the Congress theme: Horticulture – sustaining lives, livelihoods, and landscapes. We are also planning a number of plenary sessions with eminent scientists from around the world, making it an event you won’t want to miss”.


PI meeting in LorneRepresentatives from Tonga, Kiribati, Fiji, New Caledonia, ACIAR (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research), The University of Queensland and the IHC2014 Organising Committee recently explored opportunities to establish a communication network for horticultural scientists across Pacific Island countries as well as professional training. Watch this space for further implementation of the group's recommendations.


Delegates who attended the recent Horticulture for the Future Conference in Lorne, Victoria, Australia reported the event was a great success. The conference was co-jointly hosted by the Australian Society of Horticultural Science (AuSHS), the Australasian Postharvest Horticulture Conference (APHC) and the New Zealand Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural science (NZIAHS). The conference featured a wide variety of sessions addressing horticultural research, development, extension and training.

During the conference, the AuSHS also elected their new President, Dr. Gordon Rogers who is an Adjunct Professor of Horticultural Crop Physiology at The University of Sydney.

Delegates were briefed on plans for IHC2014 and enthusiastically supported them, with many offers of assistance to the Organising Committee.


city view across riverBrisbane, host city for the Congress, is a modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan city with a friendly and relaxed lifestyle. As Australia’s only sub-tropical capital city, Brisbane is the hub of the nation’s premier tourist region. It is within an hour of some of the world’s most famous and beautiful beaches, the legendary Australian Outback and Great Barrier Reef, making it the ideal destination for pre and post Congress touring.

Brisbane is also widely recognised as the commercial hub of the Asia Pacific and is a truly international destination which is increasing in popularity and prestige. The city is well connected with rail, bus, train and ferry services. Brisbane International Airport (BNE) offers easy connections to the world and near and far reaches of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

For more information on the host city or other nearby destinations go to


The congress theme is Horticulture – sustaining lives, livelihoods, and landscapes and will include a wide variety of sub-themes. Some of those that have already been confirmed include:

• Sustaining lives

• Sustaining livelihoods

• Sustaining landscapes

• Tropical horticulture

• Quality and production of horticultural products

• WOCMAP (medicinal and aromatic plants).

Within each sub-theme we are developing symposia and workshops to explore how innovation in science can benefit commercial and lifestyle enterprises who are faced with ever-changing environmental and market influences.

While there will be a number of keynote speakers addressing the main topics, we strongly encourage all congress delegates to take part in the symposia and workshops by presenting their current work.

A few symposia series have been confirmed for the Congress including:

• 8th Pineapple International Symposium
• 4th Papaya International Symposium
• 6th International Symposium on Fruit & Vegetables for Health
• 17th International Symposium on Economics & Management
• 4th International Symposium on Landscape & Urban Horticulture
• 12th People Plants International Symposium
• 7th International Symposium on Education, Research Training & Consultancy
• 3rd International Symposium on Turfgrass Management & Science for Sports Fields.

If you are interested in being involved in convening one of the symposia, plenary sessions or workshops, or in being a referee, please contact Jill Stanley ( 


The way that horticulture can best sustain lives, livelihoods, and landscapes is through effective partnerships between scientists and the people that practice horticulture. Generally, the IHC focuses on communication between fellow scientists. However, we believe that IHC2014 can be much more than a scientists’ convention – it offers opportunities for scientists and industry groups to engage at a direct level, remembering that “industry” extends to all aspects of the food, non-food and service aspects of horticulture.  

To facilitate this partnership, we're considering options to:

• Promote direct attendance amongst industry leaders to expose them to new technologies in their own and other industries, sparking innovation and transformation.

• Coordinate complementary events such as visits to local growers, speaking at industry meetings or even spending time working alongside their Australian, New Zealand or Pacific Island colleagues.

We can help facilitate such events either in parallel with, before, or after IHC2014. We are looking for feedback and ideas on these and other options from the horticultural science and industry community around the world. Please contact Gerard McEvilly (


news banksiaIn the coming months you will start to see a number of Chronica Horticulturae articles that showcase various aspects of Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Island horticulture. If you have interesting articles, or high quality images on production or lifestyle horticulture relevant to these themes, please contact Dr. David Aldous (  

We are keen to promote IHC2014 to individuals, associations, educational institutions and research organizations that are linked with horticulture and horticultural science programs, products and services so that we get a wide spectrum of scientists, horticultural technologists and industry representatives at the 2014 event. 


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

• Scientific Programme (refereeing/editing, speaker’s assistance, Symposium convenor)

• Communication and Marketing Committee (media management, writing/editing articles and press releases, promotion, planning, marketing, audience research, publicity, and public relations)

• Operations Committee (technical tour guides, courtesy guides at the Convention centre, welcome team at airport, social activities/dinners) and;

• Sponsorship Committee (collaborators/exhibitors/partner linkages).

 Please register your interest with Russ Stephenson (


Horticulture is a diverse sector, consisting of over 80 edible and inedible commodities from fruit, vegetable, nut, mushroom, nursery, turf and cut-flower categories. Hortstats is your home of statistical information on horticulture, which is of benefit to growers, industry leaders, researchers, policy makers and the general public.

Did you know that horticulture is one of the fastest growing industries under agriculture and is the third largest agricultural sector in Australia? The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resources Economics (ABARE) forecasts the Gross Value of Production of the sector to be $9 billion in 2010-11, up from $6.5 billion in 2004-05.

Source: Horticulture Australia, 2011 (


Dr Paul Johnstone
IHC2014 News Editor