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AIA/SWSC Science and Innovation in SW Agriculture, National AGM & National Student Awards

Thu 18 May 2017 @09:00 - 17:00

The vital role of science and technology in driving vibrant agricultural and agribusiness industries in South West WA will be explored at a two-day conference to be held at Manjimup on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May, 2017.

Jointly organised by the South West Science Council and the WA Division (AIA) of the Ag Institute of Australia, the conference will be opened by WA Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken FTSE and will feature a keynote address on Pathways to Competitiveness, a report commissioned by the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA).

AIA WA Division Chair Dr Don Burnside said presentations would headline the event from up to 17 researchers and industry entrepreneurs, who successfully led agricultural production and food processing businesses, which have been built around the application of science and technology in adaptation and innovation

For the full conference program please click here 


Anne Mitchell - Truffles and value-adding: Innovation in an emerging industry

Ashlea Scott - How does timing of carbon limitation affect flower production in Pyrethrum

Charlotte Jones - Can ecosystem restoration interventions aid disease regulation? 

Dave Pethick - Livestock production and meat quality - SW region

Grace Scott - Investigating the role of carotenoids in root development

Jennie Franceschi - High pressure processing in the avocado industry

Kiara Crook - The effect of organic amendments on sugarcane (Saccharum Spp.) root health and function and associated nematode populations

Mike Christensen - Farming, landcare and NRM: Working together under a changing climate?

Paul Omodei - Advice you wish clients would take on board

Peter Klinken - Presentation to Science and Innovation in SW Agriculture

Rudi McEwin - Non-additive genetic effects in wagyu

Susanna Morley - Protein production possibilities

Tilwin Westrup - Annual Horticulture; Evaporation based irrigation management

WA Business in the digital age: Laggards or pioneers?  

Date: Thursday 18 & Friday 19 May 2017

Venue: St Joseph’s Parish Hall, Manjimup.

Contact Details: please contact the AIA secretariat for any additional questions at

Additional Information:

The South West Science Council (SWSC), supported by the Ag Institute of Australia (AIA) is holding a joint conference to showcase the region’s agricultural industries and the regional brand, and to identify:

  • actions to increase farm business productivity, profitability, and reliability of quality and supply including use of precision management tools that support timely decision making and tactical adjustment;
  • improvements in the management of risk and uncertainty in the face of challenges such as climate change and increasing competition for land and water;
  • build agility in responding to short term changes in the operational and trading environments. 

The conference will include presentations from local specialists and leading scientists in technical innovation in agriculture, a dinner and a tour of some local examples of leading agricultural practice.

The Friday site tour will be at Truffles, Avocado production and Premier Foods, ending up at a cidery if you are interested (details here: There is also the opportunity for a separate longer tour of the region on Saturday 20 May, depending on the level of interest.

The Conference will also be held in conjunction with the AGMs of the AIA and the SWSC, and the National Student Forum, presented by the AIA.

Highlights include Up to 17 speakers over two days, plus National Student Presentations.


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