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Destination Focus - Tonga

The Executive Committee of IHC2014 met in early February 2013 in Tonga to discuss the Pacific Island Countries and discover the horticultural priorities within the region that could potentially be showcased at the Congress. The meeting was hosted by the Minister and senior staff of MAFFF in Tonga. Luseane Taufa, Congress Vice President representing the Pacific Island Countries, did a wonderful job organising the meeting. The Minister for MAFFF, Hon. Sangster Saulala and acting CEO Dr Viliami Manu welcomed the Committee and provided encouragement with their strong support of the Congress. The trip included visits to local horticultural producers such as Minoru Nishi of Nishi Trading, a Tongan grower and exporter who is exporting vegetables to Japan and coconuts to New Zealand. The Committee was so impressed with his dedication and expertise across the production and supply chain that discussion was held on how best to help research marketing priorities and assist on highlighting the practices within the Pacific region.

A number of symposia included in the IHC2014 program will present opportunities for contributions from delegates of the Pacific Island Countries. These include Indigenous Vegetables, High-Value Vegetables Including Root and Tuber Crops, Tropical Fruit and Impact of Asia Pacific Horticulture – Resources Technology and Social Welfare. A two-day FAO/WHO workshop on Horticulture and Human Nutrition, held prior to the Congress, will also host up to 100 delegates from Pacific Island Countries, however other interested delegates will be welcome to register. In addition, shorter discussion workshops will be held during the Congress on Cultivation for Protected Conditions in Extreme Environments, Market Access, Soil Health/Pest and Disease Control for Sustainable Production and Commercial Horticultural Development for the Pacific with the Objective of Forming a Pacific Horticultural Society.

The February meeting was very successful with the main highlight being the hospitality and friendliness of the Tongan people who welcomed the Committee into their community. The group discussed a number of crucial items in the lead up to the Congress and everyone is thoroughly looking forward to IHC2014.


Keynote Presenter - Dr Verena Raab

Dr. Verena Raab from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitätin Bonn, Germany will be a keynote speaker in the plenary session: “Sustaining the World to Manage Crises”. Verena works in the field of “risk and crisis management in global food supply chains”. Verena and her colleagues are developing new methods and concepts to prevent, assess and manage risks in fruit and vegetable supply chains, such as the improvement of early warning approaches, the use of preventive quality management methods like the Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) in inter-organizational chain risk management and approaches regarding risk communication. The work is in response to recent outbreaks of a new strain of EHEC in Europe that led to the unfortunate dumping of large quantities of vegetable crops.


Call for Abstracts Opening Soon

Abstract submissions for IHC2014 will open shortly on 1 April 2013. Authors will be able to submit their abstracts online via the IHC2014 website up until November later this year and accepted abstracts will be published on a Congress USB stick which delegates will receive onsite. More information will be made available on the website in late March.


Scientific Program Key Dates

The scientific program will be developed over the coming months. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for IHC2014, please take note of the following key dates:

Open Abstracts 1 April 2013
Close Abstracts 1 November 2013
Notification to Authors 14 January 2014
Presenter Registration 17 February 2014

Meet the International Scientific Committee

Professor Dr Zora Singh is currently heading the Horticulture Program as a Foundation Professor of Horticulture in the Department of Environment and Agriculture at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. His research and teaching in horticulture primarily focuses on production technology and postharvest physiology of fruits. His outstanding and original research and teaching contributions in horticulture have been recognised by various prestigious national and international awards.

Dr Robert Habib is currently the Head of International Affairs at INRA. His primary area of expertise is in the field of ecophysiology and management of temperate and tropical fruit crops. He recently took up this position after more than 5 years seconded to CIRAD as Scientific Director and Head of the Division “Performance of Tropical Production and Processing Systems”.

Dr Amanollah Javanshah is currently the member of the scientific board of Iran’s Pistachio research Institute. His main research area is global warming effects on pistachio orchards. Furthermore, he has strong relationships with private sectors to improve orchard management.

For information on the remaining members of the International Scientific Committee, please visit the website.


Registration Key Dates & Early Bird

Registration for IHC2014 will open on 30 September 2013 and you will be able to register online or by completing a hard copy form. Early bird registration rates will be available until 17 February 2014 at which point they will increase substantially – be sure to add these dates into your diary so you don’t miss out!


Symposium Profile - New Technologies in Protected Cultivation

Protected cultivation has spread rapidly over the last three decades into relatively new areas all around the world. The aims of the Symposium are to present the latest technology trends in crop production including conventional glasshouses, plastic-covered greenhouses and screen-covered greenhouses (screen houses and net-houses), and to provide new insights and innovative solutions to improve protected horticulture sustainability worldwide.

The Symposium convener will be Professor Stefania De Pascale, assisted by Prof. Jiang Weijie (Beijing) and Geoff Connellan (University of Melbourne). Click here for further information.


Venue - Community Watch

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre's community watch program is a key initiative of its long standing commitment to Social Responsibility. It is also an integral component of work practices that encourages a balance between work, family and community.

Managed by a Communitywatch Team, comprising of staff members across all departments, the centre piece of community watch is a very active Community Engagement Program, which encourages our people to have a positive social impact on the local and wider communities.

Click here to read more about the recent projects the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre has been involved in.

For more information, visit their website.


Location - South Bank Cultural Precinct

Nestled in the heart of Brisbane’s cultural precinct, the Grey Street boulevard is home to the Gallery of Modern Art, the State Library of Queensland, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland Conservatorium and Cineplex cinemas. Wander along Grey Street to discover creative inspiration, delicious cuisine and unique retail nooks. Set aside an afternoon to truly explore this creative wonderland and let your imagination run wild.

Click here to discover how you might spend your free time whilst in Brisbane.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship provides the opportunity to reach a large number of national and international delegates primarily within the horticulture research community. A number of sponsorship opportunities are available for organisations that are interested in making their mark on IHC2014.

Exhibition will also be a major component of the Congress and will feature the most up to date information and products available. The Congress Program has been designed to maximise the opportunity for delegates to visit the exhibition.

Please click here to download a copy of the Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus, or visit the website for application forms, floor plans, or terms and conditions.

For any further information, please contact:

Fallon Smith
Director Sponsorship and Exhibitions
GPO Box 3270
Sydney NSW 2001

Tel: +61 2 9254 5000
Fax: +61 2 9251 3552

The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes
Brisbane, Australia | 17-22 August 2014 | | Unsubscribe