Events & workshops

Events & workshops

Science Protecting Plant Health

To be held at the Brisbane Convention Centre, Queensland Australia from 26-28 September 2017, Science Protecting Plant Health is a joint conference of the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. It will present an exciting and invigorating scientific program that will appeal to a broad audience of researchers, students, educators and policy makers. 

Conference themes will focus on the latest science, research and practice from leaders in their fields encompassing all the disciplines of plant biosecurity, plant pathology and entomology. Recent developments, as well as future advances, will be showcased at this peak event, with presentations by international, national and local speakers in a well-rounded program augmented by poster presentations and an exciting social schedule. 

See for more information.


Half Day Surveillance Workshops

New Surveillance Strategies for Wind Dispersed Pests and Diseases


When: Thursday 24 August 2017, 9.30-1.30

Where: NAQS, DAWR, Building 114, Catalina Crescent, Airport Business Park, Cairns Airport, Cairns, QLD 4870



When: Tuesday 29th August 2017, 9.30-1.30

Where: Larrakia Conference Room (DPIR), Ground Floor, John England Building, Berrimah Farm, Makagon Road, Berrimah. The talks will be presented to Katherine Research Station and AZRI via video link.


We will discuss:

  • The potential for pests and diseases to enter North Queensland by long distance wind dispersal
  • New strategies for NAQS surveillance activities
  • Demonstrations of alternative trapping techniques for surveillance
  • New molecular tools for identifying exotic pests and diseases
  • The new National Plant Surveillance Network 
  • An in-depth analysis of wind dispersed threats to SUGARCANE 

This workshop is suitable for:

  • NAQS and other surveillance staff
  • Peak industry body representatives and extension staff
  • Biosecurity Agencies
  • Growers

Presented by John Weiss (DEDJTR), Kyla Finlay (DEDJTR), Mark Blackett (DEDJTR), Les Zeller (Univ Southern Queensland), Callum Fletcher (AUSVEG)

A light lunch will be provided. Please RSVP for catering purposes to Kyla Finlay,

Download the PDF flyers

Darwin (186KB)

Cairns (186KB)

Read more about Plant Biosecurity CRC project 2153, Enhanced surveillance strategies in horticultural industries based on knowledge of natural dispersal pathways


Science Exchange

PBCRC's main event is the Science Exchange (SX), which consists of science presentations, project team meetings and networking opportunities for researchers, staff, PhD students, PBCRC Participants and end-users of research.

SX 2016: Held at the RACV Goldfield Resort, Creswick, Victoria from 25-28 October 2016.

SX 2015: Held at on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland from 11-14 August 2015. Presentations are available to view here.

SX 2014: Held on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. View presentations, Handbook, Program and News.

Event Presentations

Research symposium

Research projects applicable to the biosecurity system and operations of the Australian Government, were presented to staff at the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources in Canberra, on the 28 March 2017.

View the agenda and presentations.

Smart biosecurity science for horticulture symposium

PBCRC horticulture related biosecurity research was presented to stakeholders in Melbourne on the 30 May 2016. You can view the symposium agenda, handbook and presentations here.