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Sunday 1 December

9.00 – 12.00

Meeting of SEEP (By invitation)

13.00 – 14.30

Meeting of CSITC

15.00 – 16.30

Meeting of ICRA

13.30 – 16.30

Registration desk on Conference Level open

Monday 2 December


Registration desk on Conference Level open
Please register at the desk in plenty of time for start of Inaugural Session

Inaugural Session

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MC:  Richard Haire, Chairman, Cotton Research &
Development Corporation

8.30 – 10.00

  • Welcome to Country – Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company
  • Welcoming remarks from Australia   Dr Alison McMorrow,  Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy Division, Department of Agriculture
  • Welcoming remarks on behalf of all delegates from Côte d’Ivoire host of the 77th Plenary Meeting   Dr Adama Coulibaly, Director General, Cote D’ivoire Cashew & Cotton Council
  • Report of the Chair ad interim of the Standing Committee  Ms Maha Zakaria, Commercial Counsellor, Economic and Commercial Office, Embassy of Arab Republic of Egypt
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  • Reports of the Executive Director – Mr Kai Hughes
  • Recognition of the ICAC Researcher of the Year, 2019
  • Approval of the Agenda of the 78th Plenary Meeting

10.00 – 10.30

Global megatrends for cotton – challenges and opportunities
Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds , Executive Director, ABARES, Department of Agriculture, Australia

10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

First Open Session: Traceability Seminar

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Chair:  Dr Steve Hatfield- Dodds, Executive Director, ABARES

11.00 – 11.30

Megatrends to stretch future thinking
Ms Leanne Kemp,
Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Government, Australia

11.30 – 11.50

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture and the Future of Traceability: Roles & Responsibilities
Dr Ann McDonald,
Assistant Secretary, Export Legislation Taskforce & Traceability Project, Department of Agriculture, Australia

11.50 – 12.10

Getting started with Blockchain
Ms Emma Weston, CEO and Co-Founder, AgriDigital, Australia

12.10 – 12.30

The pros and cons of mass balance
Mr Alan McClay,
CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.45 – 15.15

First Open Session: Traceability Seminar continued

Chair/Facilitator:  Mr Allan Williams, General. Manager,
R & D Investment, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

Mr Sandon Adams,
Managing Director – Australia, Oritain Global Limited, Australia
Ms Jannice Cameron-Chapital, Chief Marketing Office, Himatsingka America, USA &
Ms MeiLin Wan,
Vice President, Applied DNA Sciences,USA
Mr Shannon Mercer, Director of Business Development, FibreTrace, Australia

Mr Arthur Spellson, Marketing Manager – Cotton,  Auscott, Australia
Ms Liesl Truscott, Director, Europe and Materials Strategy, Textile Exchange, UK
Mr Alan McClay, CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland

15.15 – 15.45

Refreshment Break

First Plenary Session

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Chair:  Dr Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary – Agricultural Policy Division – Department of Agriculture, Australia

15.45 – 17.00

Discussion of Government Reports

17.00 – 17.30

Discussion of Working Paper – Technical Seminar 2020

Welcome Reception


Board coaches from Sofitel Brisbane lobby for Welcome Reception. Please board the coach on time. 

18.30 – 20.30

The Watermall, Queensland Art Gallery

About 1.4 km from Conference venue (20 minutes)
Transport provided from Sofitel

Tuesday 3 December

9.00 – 10.30

Second Open Session: Disruptive Technologies

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Chair: Emeritus Professor Les Copeland, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

First Breakout Session: Promoting innovation and building community resilience in agriculture – the role of diversity

Chair: Dr Colleen McMillan, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, Australia

Clothing fibre pollution: Separating fact, fiction and forecasts
Dr Mark Browne, Senior Research Associate, University of New South Wales, Australia

The effect of fabric composition on microfiber release during laundering and aquatic biodegradation
Prof. Richard Venditti, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University, USA
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What does a circular economy mean for cotton?
Dr Alice Payne, Associate Professor in Fashion in the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Soil your undies!
Dr Oliver Knox, Senior Lecturer, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia
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Partnering for commercialisation: turning great ideas into impact
Dr Michaela Cosijns, Team Leader, Livelihoods & Adaptive Development Team, Decision Support & Planning Group, CSIRO, Australia
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Plant breeding innovations in India: employment, economic and social benefits
Dr Dharminder Pathak, Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, India
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Fostering and tracking innovation at field level
Mr Alan McClay,
CEO, Better Cotton Initiative, Switzerland
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Diversity drives innovation
Ms Eimear McDonagh, General Manager of Export Marketing and Logistics, Namoi Cotton Alliance, Australia
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10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

11.00 – 12.30

Third Open Session: Germplasm exchange

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Chair: Dr Jeremy Burdon, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

Second breakout session: Supporting change – what is the value proposition for farmers?

Chair: Mr Allan Williams, General. Manager, R & D Investment, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

A potted history of cotton breeding
Dr Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural & Environmental Research, North Carolina Cotton Incorporated, USA

Exploiting genetic variation of Gossypium germplasm for cotton improvemen
Dr John Zhihong Yu, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, College Station, Texas (ICAC Researcher of the Year), USA

Diversity, germplasm information and exchange
Dr Michel Fok,
CIRAD and Chair, ICRA, France

Building consensus on sustainability goals and measurements across agricultural commodities; the case of cotton and coffee
Dr Francesca Mancini, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist, Delta Project, Australia
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Market access and environmental outcomes in the sugar industry: Lessons for cotton from other sectors in Queensland
Dr Adrian Volders,
Chairman, Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Australia
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Recent eco-agronomic technologies and potential for economic returns in small holder farms
Dr (Mrs.) P. Nalayini, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CICR, India
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12.30 – 13.45

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.45 – 15.15

Fourth Open Session: Reports from ICAC Secretariat

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Chair:  Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA

Global Textile Fibres Demand: Trends and Forecast
Ms Lorena Ruiz,
 Economist, ICAC
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Production and trade subsidies affecting the cotton industry
Mr Andrei Guitchounts
, Director of Trade Analysis, ICAC, USA
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World Cotton Market Outlook
Ms Lihan Wei,
Statistician, ICAC, USA
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Cost of Production – a global challenge
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head of Technical Information, ICAC, USA
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15.15 – 15.45

Refreshment Break

15.45 – 17.15

Fifth Open Session: Responding to climate change

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Chair: Mr Adam Kay, CEO, Cotton Australia, Australia

Climate risk management: Tools, tips and barriers
Mr Jon Welsh, Partner, AgEcon

Will cotton win over climate change in the Asian continent? 
Dr A. H. Prakash,
Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology) Central Institute for Cotton Research, India

Enhancing cotton productivity in a changing climate
Dr Michael Bange, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Narrabri

17:30 – 19:00

Meeting of Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)

Wednesday 4 December

8.30 – 10.00

Sixth Open Session: World café – Novel technology transfer platforms for small holders in developing countries

Chair:  Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA

Technology and Agriculture – exploring the possibilities
Ms Belinda Dennett, Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft &
Mr Chris Motton,
Director, Advance Computing, Australia
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Reaching out to small holders through the soil and plant health app
Dr Kater Hake, 
Vice President, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated, USA &
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head, Technical Information Section, ICAC, USA
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Technology transfer through Virtual Reality
Mr Mike McCue, Director of Communications, ICAC, USA
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10.00 – 10.30

Refreshment Break

10.30 – 12.00

Sixth Open Session: World Café continued

Facilitated Table Discussions

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.00 – 14.30

Seventh Open Session: Breeding and producing high yielding and high quality cotton planting seed: what’s required?

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Chair: Ms Kathryn Adams, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

Third Breakout Session: Robotics and resource use efficiency – linking technology, farmer needs and business models

Chair: Ms Rosemary Richards, Director, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

Learnings from a successful breeding program: challenges, priorities and realities
Dr Warwick Stiller,
Research Group Leader, Cotton Breeding, CSIRO, Australia
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Producing high quality planting seed:  The Australian perspective
Mr Brett Ross, Quality, Research & International Lead, Cotton Seed Distributors, Australia
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Quality seed for Africa – Opportunities, challenges and perspectives
Dr Bruno Bachelier,  
Cotton Correspondent, CIRAD, France
Authors: Jacques Lançon, Bruno Bachelier, Marc Giband & Romain Loison (CIRAD)
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Robotics and AI for small holder farmers
Mr Muhammad Esa Attia, Robotics Engineer and Technical Product Manager, Agerris, Australia
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The Virtual Irrigation Academy: improving small holder crop yields through better management of irrigation water, soil nutrients and salt
Dr Richard Stirzaker, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Food, CSIRO, Australia
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Capacity building of small farmers – increase yield and enhance traceability
Mr Anupam Gupta, President, Olam International, Singapore
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14.30 – 16.00

Eighth Open Session: Insect and weed resistance management – the role of good governance

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Chair: Ms Susan Maas, R & D Manager, Cotton Research & Development Corporation, Australia

Fourth Breakout Session: Ensuring high quality fibre – the role of best management practices and technology

Chair: Mr Roger Tomkins, Chairman, Australian Cotton Shippers Association, Australia

A socio-ecological comparison of resistance management for Bt crops on four continents
Dr Sharon Downes,
Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food, Australia
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Managing resistance collaboratively: the Australian experience
Ms Sally Ceeney,
Policy Officer, Research Direction and Stewardship, Cotton Australia, Australia
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Real-time insect monitoring: Breaking barriers to area-wide management of pests
Dr Nancy Schellhorn,
Co-founder and CEO, RapidAIM, Australia
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Assuring cotton quality from field to the mill: the importance of an integrated approach
Dr René van der Sluijs, Principal Consultant at Textile Technical Services, Australia
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Plastic contamination detection and removal from seed cotton
Dr Greg Holt, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit, Lubbock, USA
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Cotton fiber quality response to best management practices 
Dr Suzan Sanad, Cotton Research Institute, Egypt
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16.50 – 17.00

Board coaches at the Board coaches at the Sofitel Brisbane Central for Gala Dinner at Australian Outback Spectacular

It is very important you are in Sofitel Brisbane Central lobby on time to boardCoaches must leave on time.

If  you do not board in time, we’re sorry, but the coaches cannot wait.

Thursday 5 December

9.15 – 10.15

Ninth Open Session: Report back on World Café outcomes

10.15 – 10.45

Refreshment Break

10.45 – 12.15

Meeting of the Drafting Group  (Members only)  
Drafting of the Final Statement

Chair: Mr Kai Hughes, Executive Director, ICAC, USA

Fifth Breakout Session: Meeting the needs of the textile industry

Chair:  Mr Michael Ryan, Department of Agriculture, Australia

Sourcing for synergy, how the perspectives of brands is changing the sourcing landscape
Ms Thea Speechley,
Founder & CEO, Raw Assembly, Australia

Successes, Challenges and Demands on Identity Cottons: Where are we, and where are we headed?
Mr Brent Crossland, Ambassador, Textile Exchange, USA

Mixed messages
Ms Eimear McDonagh,
General Manager – Export Marketing & Logistics, Naomi Cotton Alliance, Australia

12.15 – 13.30

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.30 – 15.00

Meeting of the Steering Committee (Members only)

  • Election of the Standing Committee Officers
  • Topic of the Technical Seminar for 2020
  • Other business

15.00 – 15.30

Refreshment Break

15.30 – 16.30

Chair:  Ms Maha Zakaria, Chair ad interim Standing Committee, Egypt

Closing Plenary Session (Members only)

  • Reading of the Plenary Meeting Final Statement
  • Invitation from Europe (Spain), Host of the 79th Plenary Meeting
  • Closing Comments by the Host of the 76th Plenary Meeting (Uzbekistan) on behalf of all Delegates
  • Closing comments by Chair of the Organising Committee of Australia – Dr Alison McMorrow, Assistant Secretary, Agricultural Policy Division, Department of Agriculture, Australia
  • Closing Remarks by the Chair

Friday 6 December


Board coach for Technical Tour

It is important you are in the Sofitel Brisbane Central lobby on time


Technical Tour coach leaves Sofitel Brisbane Central for the Darling Downs for a full day tour

Dinner and overnight stay are included

Saturday 7 December


Technical Tour coach arrives back at Sofitel Brisbane Central

DRAFT Agenda for Technical Tour

  • Visit to an integrated irrigated cotton farm and cattle feedlot
  • Visit to a rain-fed cotton farm
  • Visit to plant breeding facilities and field sites
  • Presentations from plant breeders, entomologists and irrigation researchers