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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 opens.
Please register at the desk in plenty of time for start of Inaugural Session

Inaugural Session

9.00 – 10.00

  • Welcome to Country and formalities including awarding of ICAC Researcher of the Year
  • Report of the Chair ad interim of the Standing Committee Ms Maha Zakaria
  • Reports of the Executive Director – Mr Kai Hughes
  • Approval 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, Canberra

10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

First Open Session (Traceability Seminar)

11.00 – 11.30

Ms Leanne Kemp, Chief Entrepreneur, Queensland Government

11.30 – 12.30

Dr Ann McDonald, Assistant Secretary, Export Legislation Taskforce & Traceability Project, Department of Agiculture

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.45 – 15.15

First Open Session (Traceability Seminar continued)

15.15 – 15.45

Refreshment Break

First Plenary Session

15.45 – 17.30

Discussion of Government Reports

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

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

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

The effect of fabric composition on microfiber release during laundering and aquatic biodegradation
Prof. Richard Venditti, Department of Forest Biomaterials, North Carolina State University

What does a circular economy mean for cotton?
Dr Alice Payne, Associate Professor in Fashion in the School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

Partnering for commercialisation: turning great ideas into impact
Dr Michaela Cosijns, Team Leader, Livelihoods & Adaptive Development Team, Decision Support & Planning Group, CSIRO

Plant breeding innovations in India: employment, economic and social benefits.
Dr Dharminder Pathak, Professor, Punjab Agricultural University, India

10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

11.00 – 12.30

Third Open Session (Germplasm exchange)

Second break-out session – Supporting change – what is the value proposition for farmers?

A potted history of cotton breeding
Dr Kater Hake, Vice President, Agricultural & Environmental Research, North Carolina
Cotton Incorporated
Dr John Zhihong Yu, Research Geneticist, USDA-ARS, College Station, Texas (ICAC Researcher of the Year)
Dr Michel Fok, CIRAD and Chair, ICRA

Building consensus on sustainability goals and measurements across agricultural commodities; the case of cotton and coffee
Dr Francesca Mancini, Sustainable Agricultural Specialist, Delta Project
Dr Adrian Volders,
Chairman, Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Brisbane

12.30 – 13.45

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.45 – 15.15

Fourth Open Session

Ms Lorena Ruiz, Economist, ICAC
Mr Andre Guitchounts, Director of Trade Analysis, ICAC
Ms Lihan Wu, Statistician, ICAC

Cost of Production – a global challenge
Dr Keshav Kranthi, Head of Technical Information, ICAC

15.15 – 15.45

Refreshment Break

15.45 – 17.15

Fifth Open Session (Responding to climate change)

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

Climate risk management: Tools, tips and barriers
Mr Jon Welsh, Partner, AgEcon
Dr A. H. Prakash, Principal Scientist (Plant Physiology) Central Institute for Cotton Research, India

17:30 – 19:00

Meeting of Private Sector Advisory Panel (PSAP)

Wednesday 4 December

9.00 – 10.30

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

Reaching out to small holders through the Soil and Plant Health App
Dr Kater Hake,
Vice President, Agricultural & Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated

Technology transfer through Virtual Reality
Mr Mike McCue,
Director of Communications, ICAC

10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

11.00 – 12.15

Sixth Open Session – World Café continued

12.15 – 13.15

Lunch – Thyme2 Restaurant, Sofitel Brisbane

13.15 – 14.45

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

Third Break-out Session: Robotics and resource use efficiency: linking technology, farmer needs and business models

Learnings from a successful breeding program: challenges, priorities and realities
Dr Warwick Stiller,
Research Group Leader, Cotton Breeding, CSIRO
Mr Brett Ross,
Quality, Research & International Lead, Cotton Seed Distributors
Dr Bruno Bachelier,
Cotton Sector Correspondent, CIRAD, France

Robotics and AI for small holder farmers
Muhammad Esa Attia, Agerris / Salah Sukkarieh, Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, University of Sydney

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, Canberra
Mr Anupam Gupta, Senior Vice President, Olam International, Singapore

14.45 – 15.15

Refreshment Break

15.15 – 16.45

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

Fourth Break-out Session: Ensuring high quality fibre: the role of best management practices and technology

A socio-ecological comparison of resistance management for Bt crops on four continents
Dr Sharon Downes,
Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Agriculture and Food

Managing resistance collaboratively: the Australian experience
Ms Sally Ceeney,
Policy Officer, Research Direction and Stewardship, Cotton Australia

Real-time insect monitoring: Breaking barriers to area-wide management of pests
Dr Nancy Schellhorn,
Co-founder and CEO, RapidAIM

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, Victoria

Plastic contamination detection and removal from seed cotton
Dr Greg Holt, Research Leader, USDA-ARS, Cotton Production and Processing Research Unit, Lubbock, Texas
Dr Souzan Sanad, Cotton Research Institute, Cairo



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.

Thursday 5 December

9.30 – 10.30

Ninth Open Session – Report back on World Café outcomes

Fifth Breakout Session – Meeting the needs of the textile industry

Ms Thea Speechley, Founder & CEO, Raw Assembly, Sydney

10.30 – 11.00

Refreshment Break

11.00 – 12.30

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

12.30 – 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

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
  • 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 included

Saturday 7 December


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