Protected Cropping Australia Conference 2011

The 2011 national biennial conference of Protected Cropping Australia is to be held in Adelaide from Sunday 3rd to Wednesday 6th July, 2011. The conference was previously known as the Australian Hydroponic and Greenhouse Conference, and this is the eleventh such conference.

Venue
The conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, a magnificent state-of-the-art conference centre. The Convention Centre is in the city, close to restaurants, cafes, and accommodation. Delegates will have a wide choice of hotels and motels, from the 5-star Intercontinental next door, to many others to suit any budget. Adelaide has free public transport within the city area and hence it is very easy to reach the conference venue. There is undercover parking at the Centre, or very cheap all-day parking nearby.

Adelaide was chosen particularly because it has the most concentrated and expanding area of greenhouses in Australia. These range from basic through to new high-tech glasshouses and plastic covered greenhouses. At the University of Adelaide’s Waite Research Institute is the recently finished $50 million state-of-the-art agricultural research centre.

Program
The format will be mostly similar to previous conferences, with some new innovations. In general, the main thrust will still be to supply up-to-date information relevant to greenhouse and hydroponic growers.

The conference will commence on the Sunday afternoon with the opening of the trade exhibition. In the evening there will be a welcome function, following the annual general meeting of the PCA.

Monday morning will be the official opening followed by plenary sessions. Starting Monday afternoon and running through Tuesday will be a wide range of lectures and workshops. Most of these will be run concurrently so delegates can choose topics the most appropriate for them. Presentations will be first-class and up-to-date from experts from both Australian and overseas. In this conference, there is a plan to have more presentations from growers sharing their expertise and experiences.

A major benefit of the conference is the opportunity to network with other growers, suppliers and industry experts. To help achieve this there will be plenty of spare time available for networking, including at the spectacular conference banquet dinner. The dinner has been brought forward to Monday evening, enabling those growers who need to get away early, to leave on Tuesday afternoon without missing the dinner.

As with previous conferences, it will finish with an optional day of farm visits on Wednesday. This will include high-tech farms as well as state of the art research facilities.

Exhibition and sponsorships
Sponsors and exhibitors will be very pleased with the facilities for the trade exhibition. It is close to the conference lecture rooms and there is plenty of space for delegates to comfortably move around a large number of booths. This will be an excellent opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their products and services. A brochure detailing sponsorship and exhibitor packages is available, so contact the organisers if you haven’t already received one.

For further information contact:
Conference Organisers,
Rick Donnan, Rosemary Viggers,
PO Box 120, Kurmond NSW 2757
Phone:  (02) 4567 7960
Fax:  (02) 8569 1064
Email:
pcaconference@westnet.com.au
Website: www.protectedcroppingaustralia.com


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