For all Congress enquiries please contact:

Dr Russ Stephenson:
Tel: +61 7 5453 5900
Fax: +61 7 5453 5901

PO Box 5083 SCMC,
Nambour Qld 4560


April 2012


Planning for IHC2014 is progressing with increasing pace and the Congress is now only 28 months away!

Keep up to date with all Congress developments and key dates through our new look website at

The draft scientific program is now available and is strongly aligned with the Congress theme of “Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes”. We welcome your feedback on the program, which will be finalised later in the year in consultation with the ISHS Executive. We are focused on making the program relevant both to current scientific developments and to modern horticultural industries. A significant number of related ISHS symposia have now been confirmed.

silver fernA very attractive sponsorship prospectus has also been prepared. Please contact us if you would like more information on the entitlements at each level of sponsorship. The Congress brings together a diverse range of delegates from across the global horticultural continuum and is an excellent platform through which to promote your business or products. We also want to hear from you if you have suggestions of companies, organizations or individuals that might be willing to support the Congress through sponsorship.

Finally, we want to encourage you to start making plans to attend this event. The Organising Committee is committed to making the Congress a valuable event for you, so please provide us with any feedback that might assist us in achieving this outcome. Please also encourage colleagues and others involved in horticulture and horticultural science to register their interest on the website.

Prof Rod Drew

Prof Ian Warrington

Mrs Luseane Taufa

(Congress Co-Presidents)


The first draft of the symposia to be held at IHC2014 is now available. This list is subject to change and will not be finalized until later this year. We believe this is an exciting line-up, with sessions to cater to a broad range of interests. We hope that delegates will also take the opportunity to attend sessions on topics outside their normal area of expertise.

Sustaining Lives

• Fruit & Vegetables for Health (6th International Symposium)

• Horticulture and Urban Communities: People, Plants & Places (incorporating 12th International People Plant Symposium)

• Global Development & World Food Production

• Impact of Asia-Pacific Horticulture - Resources, Technology and Social Welfare

Sustaining Livelihoods

Fruit & Nut Crops

• Fruit Crops Physiology & Production Systems

• Grape & Wine Production in Non-Traditional Regions

• Jujube (3rd International Symposium)

• Improving the Internal & External Properties for Fruit & Nut Crops

• Edible & Aromatic Oil Producing Horticultural Crops

Vegetable Crops

• Indigenous Vegetables

• High Value Vegetables and Root & Tuber Crops: Production, Supply & Their Demand


• Ornamental Plants

Production & Supply Chain

• Mechanisation, Precision Horticulture, Non-destructive Tools & Robotics

• Horticultural Pests & Diseases

• Postharvest Knowledge for the Future

• Education, Research Training & Consultancy (7th International Symposium)

• Economics & Management (17th International Symposium)/ Supply Chain Management (5th International Symposium)

• Biosecurity, Quarantine, Managing New Pests & Market Access

• New Technologies in Protected Cultivation

New cultivars and plant supply

• Plant Breeding in Horticulture

• Molecular Biology in Horticulture

• Genetically Modified Horticultural Plants

• Micro-Propagation & In-Vitro Techniques

Sustaining Landscapes

• Utilisation of Compost and Other Processing Waste in Horticulture

• Water scarcity, salination & plant water relations for optimal production & quality

• Improving Eco-Efficiency in Horticulture

• Plant Genetic Resources & Climate Change

• Landscape & Urban Horticulture (5th International Symposium)

• Turfgrass Management & Science for Sports Fields (3rd International Symposium)

Tropical Horticulture

• Papaya (4th International Symposium)

• Pineapple (8th International Symposium)

• Banana & Plantain

• Tropical fruit

• Tropical Ornamentals

Joint Sessions with the World Congress for Medicinal & Plants

• Quality, Safety & Efficacy of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants

• Food & Health

• Biodiversity & Global Ecological Change


Help us keep all Universities, TAFE Institutes and Industry Associations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands that have an affiliation with production horticulture, lifestyle horticulture or service the wider horticultural industry (teaching, research and extension) informed about IHC2014. Invite your colleagues to visit our website at and register their interest.


IHC2014 will bring together eminent scientists and industry representatives from around the world in one central location. We’re encouraging our science and industry organisations in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands to capitalise on this remarkable opportunity by hosting colleagues for sabbaticals either side of the conference. Sabbaticals provide an excellent means of building research alliances and sharing new ideas with scientists from other countries and institutes. For more details please contact Dr. Russ Stephenson [].


BCEC FoyerIHC2104 will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia’s most-awarded convention centre and officially ranked amongst the leading convention centres of the world. The venue is located in the heart of Brisbane in a unique riverside cultural and entertainment precinct, home to Australia's newest and most celebrated Gallery of Modern Art. Delegates can escape to the beautiful Southbank Parklands for a stroll by the river or a swim at the sandy beach, just a 2-minute walk away. The conference facility has three-tiered auditoria seating from 200 to 8,000 delegates for plenary sessions, four multi-functional meeting rooms, and numerous unique functions spaces, including a ballroom that can seat 1,200 people. The centre also provides free Wi-Fi for all delegates and guests. More information on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre is available at


On April 18th, 2012, the IHC2014 Executive is holding a Lifestyle Horticulture Forum at the Redlands Research Station in Cleveland, Brisbane, Queensland. The objective of the forum is to investigate ways that different agencies and associations aligned with the Australian lifestyle horticulture sector can contribute to an outstanding Congress. An event such as this not only demonstrates the strength and diversity of our industry, but also provides the opportunity for industry, scientists and technologists to communicate together on topical issues. For more details on the forum please contact Dr. David Aldous [].


Fruit LogisticaThe Fruit Logistica Innovation Awards for outstanding innovation in products and services were recently presented at the world’s leading international trade fair for fruit and vegetable marketing in Berlin. The central innovation theme this year was convenience, through ease of use, diversity of application and reduction of waste. Taking out third place in the innovation category was the little known Achacha (Garcinia humilis) - an exotic, bright orange fruit that looks and feels like an egg, with a flavour suited to salads, cocktails and ice creams. Although the Achacha originated in South America, it is being produced on a commercial scale for the first time in Queensland (


 The earliest evidence of European horticulture in Australia came in with the First Fleet of 11 ships that entered Sydney Harbour on the 26th January 1788. Seeds, plant material and livestock were appropriated from England, and en route from Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town. A wide range of both tropical and temperate fruits, vegetables and ornamentals were needed to sustain the penal colony for the first two years of settlement. Further information on early Australian horticulture may be read in Chronica Horticulturae 2011. Vol. 51, Number 4:9-13.


Dr Paul Johnstone
IHC2014 News Editor