Science community won’t forget the SPPH conference
PHEW! I’m sure everyone feels the same at the completion of a major event – in my case the closing session of the Science Protecting Plant Health Conference (SPPH) was both a relief (we did it!) and a huge buzz (we did it!). And what an event.
SPPH was a melting pot of science and culture with about 500 delegates from 30 countries, representing many fields of science, 172 posters and 90 students.
Such diversity is a reflection of the international importance of plant health science.
SPPH marked the 21st biennial conference for the APPS.
This event was particularly memorable because of the opportunity to partner with the Plant Biosecurity CRC in shaping and delivering what was a very special conference, linking both fundamental and practical science with end-users.
While the interests of the APPS are diverse, biosecurity is a key theme, with many of our members working directly at the coalface of plant biosecurity, such as quarantine officers, teachers, students, policy makers, industry leaders and pest management personnel.
The many workshops and practical demonstrations offered throughout the program provided further opportunity for delegates to upskill.
Particularly popular were the plant pathogen identification workshops, identification of brown marmorated stink bug and Pestpoint.
The application of science-based technologies, as demonstrated through these and other workshops, is helping Australia and New Zealand keep pace with everpresent biosecurity threats and providing evidence of the impact research is delivering to national biosecurity objectives.
We appreciate the support of all our sponsors, including the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Plant Health Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation, Ministry for Primary Industries NZ, Cotton Research and Development Corporation, Agriculture Victoria and Rural Weekly. Finally, on behalf of the APPS I offer my thanks to our co-convenor the Plant Biosecurity CRC, the organising committee, our volunteers and of course to all of you who participated.
Guests enjoy a talk at the SPPH conference in Brisbane.