International Workshop - Nutrient Stewardship & Next-Generation Fertilisers

Our 2nd International Workshop on Nutrient Stewardship & Next-Generation Fertilisers (Heron Island 15-19 December 2018) will focus on innovation in fertiliser design and evaluation, nutrient re-purposing from wastes, and green biotechnology.

R&D in these topics have been accelerating since our first workshop in 2016. There is growing interest in repurposing wastes as fertilisers and improving the mechanisms of nutrient delivery to crops. Green biotechnology to engineer nutrient conversions and release, crop and soil beneficials, sorbents and novel bio-materials, and the close monitoring of plant-environment interactions are among the tools explored by researchers and industry.

The workshop will focus on the cutting edge of fertiliser design and advances in the circular nutrient economy without waste and pollution. A great cast of international experts will join local experts, government and industry to discuss innovative approaches, with evidence from laboratory to field experimentation. We will consider the notion of customising fertilisers for particular crops and growth environments and explore opportunities for regional nutrient budgets.

In addition to reducing nutrient pollution, improving domesticated soils remains a major task as 12 million hectares of productive land degrade each year. The carbon market is providing impetus for new practises and products, and has to be backed up with best-practice methodologies. The 2nd interdisciplinary workshop continues to explores the interface of agriculture, engineering, biotechnology, governance, and business development.

Topics covered include

  •    Nutrient supply – rhizosphere processes informing fertiliser design
  •    Re-purposing nutrients from waste streams
  •    Green biotech and material science for targeted nutrient delivery
  •    Beneficial microbes and biostimulants to augment crop performance
  •    Crop roots and nutrient physiology

We aim

To a provide a forum for discussion of current  advances and opportunities and enable collaboration for future R&D with view of game changing innovation. In the setting of a Great Barrier Reef coral cay, practitioners, legislators, scientists and philanthropists will join forces to advance the paths towards nutrient stewardship and soil health. Topics include

  1. Nutrient supply – from rhizosphere processes to fertiliser design
  2. Novel materials for controlling nutrient release
  3. Beneficial microbes augmenting soil biology and crop health
  4. Biostimulants contributing to crop resilience and performance  
  5. Recycling nutrients from waste streams
  6. Improving the function of domesticated soils

Registration

Cost per attendee is $1000 ($850 for students). This includes catamaran transfer from Gladstone ($240), 4 nights accommodation in shared rooms ($80/night), full catering ($310) and conference registration ($130). Students are subsidised by our sponsors.

If you planning to stay at the Heron Island resort, please contact the resort directly and make your own arrangements (mention your workshop attendance to receive a 10% discount).

You can take your meals with the workshop attendees which requires payment of registration and meals.

Workshop registration to be announced.

Contact

Professor Susanne Schmidt
Plant Nutrition and Ecophysiology group - School of Agriculture and Food Science
Email: susanne.schmidt@uq.edu.au

 

Speakers

  • Prof Maria DeRosa, Carlton University (tbc)
  • Prof Torgny Näsholm, Swedish Agricultural University
  • Dr Amanda Rasmussen, Nottingham University
  • Dr Ute Arnold, University of Bonn
  • Prof Bingqiang Zhao, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
  • Dr Bronwyn Laycock, Dow Centre and UQ School of Chemical Engineering
  • Prof Doris Rentsch, University of Berne
  • A/Prof Stefano Freguia, Advanced Water Management Centre, UQ
  • Peter Wadewitz, PEATS Soil
  • Dr Cathryn O’Sullivan, CSIRO (tbc)

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Silver sponors

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Available accommodation

Option 1 - Heron Island Reseach Station

Costs for staying at Heron Island Research Station

Break down of items

Cost

Conference registration

$130

Four nights accommodation in shared rooms

$80/night

Catamaran transfer from Gladstone

$240

Full catering per person

$310

Note, children are not allowed to stay at the research station

Total cost per attendee: $1000

Total cost per student: $850

Option 2 - Heron Island Resort

Costs for delegates staying at Heron Island Resort

Accommodation costs depend on room type. Family rooms are available for parents with children and Breakfast is included. Delegates staying at the resort will have lunch/dinner at the research station. Please contact Heron Island resort directly and mention that you are attending the NextGen conference in your email to be eligible for the special accommodation rates.

Break down of items

Cost

Conference registration for all delegates (except research students)

$100

Accommodation ranges from A$297 to A$756 per night. Family rooms are available for parents with children. Breakfast is included.

Delegates will contact Heron Island resort directly. Please mention that you are attending the NextGen conference in your email to be eligible for the special accommodation rates

$297 - $756

Delegates staying at resort will have lunch/dinner at the research station

$60 per day for 5 days

Cost per delegate (RESORT, accommodation payed to resort by delegate) : $400

Further information

For Heron island accommodation and transfer options:

How to get to Heron Island

  1. Drive (5+ hours north of Brisbane) or fly to Gladstone (Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin)arrive no later than noon as boat transfer to island departs once a day at 2 pm.
     
  2. Take transfer bus from airport to Gladstone Harbour (bus driver will have your name if you have paid for conference registration).
     
  3. Check in at Gladstone harbour for catamaran to Heron Island.
     
  4. Enjoy the 2 hour trip from around 2-4 pm. Note, there is a seaplane if you wish to view the reef from the air. Visit the Heron Island website for more information.

See also the transfer schedule.

Note: no boat transfer on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Map

Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef on Google maps below

 

Program dates in December 2018 are provided below (updated Thursday, 4 April 2018). If you are interested in the previous program you can download the pdf of the 2016 workshop program (pdf 260kb).

Saturday 15th December

Time Description
2.00pm Boat leaves from Gladstone Marina (check-in 1 hour prior to departure)
4.30pm Guests arrive Heron Island
6.00pm Dinner at Heron Island Research Station
7.30pm Welcome to Heron Island

Sunday 16th December

Time Description
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 - 1.00pm Session 1: Nutrient stewardship and the circular nutrient economy
1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at Heron Island Research Station
3.00 - 5.30pm Snorkelling and reef walking
6.00pm Dinner at Heron Island Research Station
7.00 - 9.00pm Session 2: Nutrient stewardship and the circular nutrient economy

Mondy 17th December

Time Description
7.30am Breakfast
9.00 - 1.00pm Session 3: Green biotechnology for fertiliser design
1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at Heron Island Research Station
2.00 - 4.00pm Session 4: Engineering next-generation fertilisers
4.00 - 5.30pm Snorkelling and reef walking
6.00pm Dinner at Heron Island Research Station

Tuesday 18th December

Time Description
7.30 am Breakfast
9.00 - 12.00pm Session 5: Rhizosphere engineering
1.00 - 2.00pm Lunch at Heron Island Research Station
2.00 - 4.00pm Session 6: Final discussion and planning
4.00 - 5.30pm Snorkelling and reef walking
6.00pm Dinner at Heron Island Research Station

Wednesday 19 December

Time Description
7.30am Breakfast
10.00am Catamaran leaves Heron Island
12.30pm Catamaran arrives Gladstone Marina (bus transfer to airport)
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