Project Leader, Organisation

Adrian Dinsdale, Australian Plant Pathology Society




The Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) is dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge of plant pathology and its practice in the Australasian and Indo Pacific Regions. APPS has a long and successful history of promoting plant health and encouraging students to build careers in plant pathology.

The biannual APPS conference is the flagship meeting of the society and brings together researchers, biosecurity officers, policy makers, diagnosticians, industry, students and administrators to exchange ideas and encourage collaboration.

Objectives and impact

This conference will be the climax of the APPS 50th birthday celebrations, where we highlight our “Strong foundations” and focus on the latest advances in plant pathology that will lead to “Future Innovations”.

Excellent scientific presentations by local and international speakers will be the backbone of our meeting, supported by engaging field tours and workshops allowing conference participants to experience plant pathology up close and to visit key agricultural sites in the areas surrounding Melbourne.

There will be ample opportunities for networking with colleagues and mentoring of students at our social functions, and our 50th birthday conference dinner.

In working to ensure the ongoing viability of the plant pathology profession, the APPS will continue its tradition of supporting students and developing plant pathologists by providing financial support for attendance to student and early career researchers, both locally and from developing countries.

This is a crucial function of the APPS in ensuring the future of plant pathology, as tertiary institutions continue to reduce their capacity to deliver students trained in this speciality, despite plant pathology being recognised as a core-discipline for the ongoing success of the Australian agricultural sector (Grains Industry National Research, Development and Extension Strategy 2017).