PRELIMINARY AGENDA

Sunday 1 December

Registration open:   10:00 – 16:00

Morning

09:00-10:30 Meeting of Expert Panel on the Social, Economic and Environmental Performance of Cotton (SEEP)

Afternoon

13:00-14:30 Meeting of the Task Force on Commercial Standardisation of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC)

14:30-16:00 Meeting of International Cotton Researchers Association (ICRA)

Monday 2 December

Registration open:   08:00

Plenary & Open Sessions

9.00 – 10.30

Inaugural Session

  • Welcome to Country
  • Welcoming remarks by Government officials
  • Welcoming remarks by Plenary host
  • Report of Chair of Standing Committee
  • Report of the Executive Director
  • Approval of the Agenda of the 78th Plenary meeting

Keynote speech: Mega trends affecting the global cotton industry

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30

First Open Session

Responding to the challenge of climate change – the role of landscape management and water policy

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch

13.45 – 15.15

Second Open Session

Reports from the ICAC Secretariat

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee / Tea Break

15.45 – 17.30

First Plenary Session

Statements from Members, international organisations and non-members

18.15

Coaches leave from Sofitel Brisbane Central for Welcome Reception.

Please board the coach on time. 

18.30 – 20.30

Welcome Reception

The Watermall, Queensland Art Gallery

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

Tuesday 3 December

Registration open:   08:30

Plenary & Open Sessions

Breakout Sessions

9.00 – 10.30

Third Open Session

Disruptive technologies and trends: micro-fibre pollution, alternative fibres and the circular economy

First Breakout Session

Promoting innovation and building community resilience in agriculture – the role of diversity

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30

Third Open Session (cont.)

Disruptive technologies and trends: micro-fibre pollution, alternative fibres and the circular economy (cont.)

Second Breakout Session

Improving profitability and incentivising farmers to meet sustainability standards

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch

13.45 – 15.15

Fourth Open Session

Technical Seminar (Traceability)

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee / Tea Break

15.45 – 17.15

Fourth Open Session (cont.)

Technical Seminar (Traceability)

17:30 – 19:00

Meeting of Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)

Wednesday 4 December

Plenary & Open Sessions

Breakout Sessions

9.00 – 10.30

Fifth Open Session

World Café: Using digital technology to improve soil health and crop management

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30

Fifth Open Session (cont.)

World Café

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch

13.45 – 15.15

Sixth Open Session

Breeding and producing high-yielding and high-quality cotton planting seed: what’s required?

Third Breakout Session

Robotics and resource use efficiency: linking technology, farmer needs and business model

15.15 – 15.45

Coffee / Tea Break

15.45 – 17.15

Seventh Open Session

Insect and weed resistance management: the role of good governance

Fourth Breakout Session

Ensuring high-quality fibre: the role of best management practices and technology through the supply chain

18.00

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

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

19.30 – 23.00

Gala Dinner

Transport provided from Sofitel

Thursday 5 December

Plenary & Open Sessions

Breakout Sessions

9.30 – 10.30

Eighth Open Session

  • Reporting back on the World Café: Using digital technology to improve soil health and crop management
  • Presentation by Researcher of the Year

Fifth Breakout Session

Meeting the needs of the textile industry

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee / Tea Break

11.00 – 12.30

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

12.30 – 13.30

Lunch

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

Coffee / Tea Break

15.30 – 17.00

Closing Plenary Session

  • Reading of the final Statement
  • Invitation from next host
  • Closing comments by Australia

Friday 6 December

06:45

Board coach for Technical Tour

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

07:00

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

Dinner and overnight stay included

Saturday 7 December

17:00

Technical Tour coach arrives at the 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, irrigation researchers, merchants