Program

Overview - Symposium Acitvites 

The International Symposium Managing Organic Matter & Using Compost in Horticulture will take place over a period of four days (Monday – Thursday) at the University of Adelaide. It will be our pleasure to welcome you on Sunday afternoon at the modern Australian National Wine Centre, where you can meet old friends and chat with colleagues in a relaxed and dignified atmosphere.


The Symposium will take place at the National Wine Centre and will most likely
run two or three parallel streams. Field trips on day three of the Symposium will provide you with a break and an opportunity to see the diversity of horticultural industries in and around Adelaide, and, by visiting research sites, including the prestigeous Waite Campus, gain an insight into relevant R&D work currently under way. Although the Symposium closes on Thursday, Friday is reserved for activities or meetings of special interest groups, events for farmers and practitioners, or for your own enjoyment.


After a leisurely weekend, delegates will have the opportunity to partake in one of several two-day field trips, which will be run in parallel in different Australian States. This will provide you with an opportunity to see more of Australia, and also more of Australian horticulture in varying climates and production systems. These Interstate field trips will be offered as an optional extra.                            

DATE ACTIVITY LOCATION
 Sunday 3 April  Welcome reception & registration National Wine Centre
 Monday 4 April  Symposium National Wine Centre
 Tuesday 5 April  Symposium National Wine Centre
 Wednesday 6 April  Field trips Adelaide & surrounding areas
 Thursday 7 April  Symposium & workshops National Wine Centre
 Friday 8 April

 Special interest group activity
 Horticultural industry event
 Free time

Adelaide & surrounding areas
 Saturday 9 April  Free time & travelling  
 Sunday 10 April  Free time & travelling  
 Monday 11 April  Interstate filed trips and regional 
 seminars (optional)
In at least three States other than South Australia, i.e. Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria or Western Australia
 Tuesday 12 April  Interstate filed trips and regional
 seminars (optional)
In at least three States other than South Australia, i.e. Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria or Western Australia

 

Draft Sympsoium Program *

Keynote Speakers:

- Prof Dr Rattan Lal, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, USA
- Prof Dr Peter Stoffella, Dept of Horticultural Sciences, University of Florida, USA
- Assoc Prof Dr David Crohn, Dept of Environmental Sciences, University of California Riverside, USA
- Dr Michael Raviv, Dept. of Environmental Horticulture, Newe Ya'ar Research Centre, Israel
- Dr Patricia Millner, US Dept. of Agriculture, Beltsville, USA 
- Assoc Prof Dr Alexandra Stone, Dept of Horticulture, Oregon State University, USA
- Dr Enzo Favoino, Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, Italy
- Assoc Prof Dr Sally Brown, College of Forestry (soil amendments, remediation, carbon sequestration), University of Washington, USA
- Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO Land and Water, Glenn Osmond, Australia

 DATE / TIME ACTIVITY
 Monday 4 April  
 8:00 - 9:00 Registration
 9:00 - 9:45

Opening Addresses & Welcome
Representatives of Australian Government, ISHS, Horticulture Australia, OECD, ZERO Waste SA,

 9:45 - 10:30

Plenary Session
Organic matter management and the global carbon cycle
Keynote speaker: Dr Rattan Lal, Ohio State University, USA

 10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
 11:00 - 12:30

Technical Session 1
Stream 1-1: SOM management and climate change - adaptation and mitigation
Stream 1-2: Benefits of using organic soil amendments in horticultural production
Stream 1-3: Case studies - integrated management of SOM

 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
 13:30 - 15:00

Technical Session 2
Stream 2-1: SOM management and climate change - adaptation and mitigation
Stream 2-2: Benefits of using organic soil amendments in horticultural production
Stream 2-3: On-farm handling and application technologies

 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea
 15:30 - 17:00

Technical Session 3
Stream 3-1: Life Cycle Analysis of SOM management
Stream 3-2: Benefits of using organic soil amendments in horticultural production
Stream 3-3: Socio-economic, political, economic and instituional drivers for SOM management

 Tuesday 5 April  
 8:00 - 8:30 Registration
 8:30 - 9:15

Plenary Session
Managing soil carbon in the Australian enviornment
Keynote speaker: Dr Jeff Baldock, CSIRO, Australia

 9:15 - 10:30

Technical Session 4
Stream 4-1: Fit-for-purpose products for horticultural uses - composts, mulches, biochar, humic acids, manures, etc.
Stream 4-2: Benefits of using organic soil amendments in horticultural production
Stream 4-3: Case studies - integrated management of SOM

 10:30 - 11:00 Morning Tea
 11:00 - 12:30

Technical Session 5
Stream 5-1: Fit-for-purpose products for horticultural uses - composts, mulches, biochar, humic acids, manures, etc.
Stream 5-2: Benefits of using organic soil amendments in horticultural production
Stream 5-3: Innovation in production technologies, including composting, pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion

 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
 13:30 - 15:00

Plenary Session
Organic matter management in practice
Keynote speakers:
Dr Peter Stoffella, University of Florida, USA
Dr David Crohn, University of California Riverside, USA
Dr Michael Raviv, Newe Ya'ar Research Centre, Israel

 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea
 15:30 - 17:00

Technical Session 6
Stream 6-1: Fit-for-purpose products for horticultural uses - composts, mulches, biochar, humic acids, manures, etc.
Stream 6-2: Benefits of using composts in potting and growing media
Stream 6-3: Producing composts for potting and growing media

 Wednesday 6 April  Field excursions (Three separate field trips)
 Thursday 7 April  
 8:00 - 8:30 Registration
 8:30 - 10:00

Plenary Session
Managing risks
Keynote speakers:
Dr Patricia Millner, US Dept. of Agriculture, Beltsville, USA 
Dr Alex Stone, University of Oregon, USA

 10:00 - 10:30

Morning Tea

 10:30 - 11:30

Technical Session 7
Stream 7-1: Risks and challenges of SOM management
Stream 7-2: The economics of SOM management
Stream 7-3: Case studies - integrated management of SOM

 11:30 - 12:30

Technical Session 8
Stream 8-1: Risks and challenges of SOM management
Stream 8-2: Socio-economic, political, economic and instituional drivers for SOM management
Stream 8-3: Engaging with and advising farmers - extension products and decision support tools

 12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

 13:30 - 15:00

Plenary Session
Organic matter management - Future trends and challenges 
Keynote speakers:
Dr Enzo Favoino, Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, Italy
Dr Sally Brown, University of Washington, USA (tbc)

 15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea
 15:30 - 17:00

Closing Session
Expert panel and interactive session with keynote speakers, representatives of OECD, Australian Government, R&D organisations, and peak industry bodies 

 17:00 Closing of International Symposium
 Friday 8 April  
 9:00 - 15:00

Special interest group activities (optional)
Horticultural industry event (optional)

* Please note that the above programm has preliminary character only. Themes and the actual program of Technical Sessions will be determined by the number and topics of papers submitted.
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