Thank you to all our delegates, speakers and sponsors that helped make the 2022 Australasian Soilborne Diseases Symposium such a success.  We are pleased to advise that planning is now underway for the 2024 Symposium, which we are pleased to announce will be held at Peppers Salt, Kingscliffe from 26-29 August 2024.  To find out more about the 2024 symposium please go to the new website via the below button.


2024 Symposium Website


Tony Pattison                                                                                                  Rob Magarey
Co-Chair. ASDS 2022                                                                                      Co-Chair. ASDS 2022

Organising Committee

Tony Pattison, DAF
Co-Convenor, Co-Chair

Rob Magarey, SRA
Co-Convenor, Co-Chair

Hazel Gaza, DAF
Committee Member

David East, DAF
Committee Member

Paul Dennis, UQ
Committee Member - Microbial Ecology

Linda Smith, DAF
Committee Member – Cotton/broadacre

Wayne O'Neill
Committee Member  - DAF

Belinda Nielsen, ACIAR

Committee Member 

Emily Pattison, DAF

Committee Member 

Key Dates

Call for abstracts 1/10/21
Close oral abstracts 16/05/22
Close poster abstracts 01/06/22
Advised of outcome (oral) 30/05/22
Registration Opens for Early Bird 11/3/22
Early Bird Registration Closes 30/05/22
Conference starts 02/08/22

Keynote Presenters

A/Prof Paul Dennis

Associate Professor in Environmental Science, University of Queensland, Australia

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A/Prof Joanne Emerson

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, USA

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A/Prof Lee Hickey

Associate Professor, Plant Breeder & Crop Geneticist, University of Queensland, Australia

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Mr Alby Marsh

Stakeholder Relationship Manager - Maori, Plant & Food Research, New Zealand

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Prof Neena Mitter

Director, Centre for Horticultural Science, University of Queensland, Australia

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Call for Abstracts for Oral and Poster Presentations


The Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium 2022 will be held at the Hilton Cairns 1 - 5  August 2022.  Oral submissions have now closed, however Poster Abstract Submissions are still open to students.  Poster Submissions will close at 23:59 AEST on 1 June.  

This will be an in-person symposium* with limited international on-line attendance.

Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts submitted must be original and not presented or published elsewhere. They should be no more than 300 words in length.

Abstract themes:

- Biosecurity/Modelling/Climate Change
- Communication, extensions and engagement
- Breeding and genetics
- Soilborne disease and farming
- Agricultural microbiomes and pathogens ecology
- Diagnostics, new pathogens
- Soilborne Innovations
- Integrated disease management and agronomy

Abstracts will now only be considered for  poster presentations. This decision will be made at the discretion of the program committee based upon relevance, contribution to soilborne diseases.

To submit an abstract, please click on the button below:


Upon receipt of your submission, KAM Events will issue an email confirmation to the submitting author. Please allow up to 48 hours for email confirmation of your abstract submission. If you do not receive a confirmation email from the abstract system within 48 hours, please contact All abstracts will be reviewed by the program committee, and you will be notified of your submission outcome via email no later than Friday 27th May 2022. Instructions will be provided on the notification email.

* The in-person meeting will depend on federal and state restrictions, but contingencies have been made should restrictions not allow gatherings or travel.

Early Career Research Travel Bursaries


A grant to fund the flights of early career researchers to attend and present at the ASDS conference. 

The grant provides Higher Degree Research students up to $750 to assist in the travel cost of attending the Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium 2022 conference in Cairns.

The grant money will be pro-rated depending on where the researcher is travelling from. You will need to submit a copy of the abstract and evidence of conference submission and if available the conference organisers acceptance of their presentation. Moreover, the applicant will need to submit a 100-word statement outlining the relevance of attending the conference to their research.


1. Submit a 100-word statement outlining the relevance of attending the conference to your research
2. Submit an abstract (see above submission guidelines)
3. Be a current member of the APPS (fees apply). To join please click on the following link to go to the APPS Website.

Selection Criteria

Guidelines for Assessment/Ranking:

1. Presentation type: Poster (4) vs Talk (6)
2. Other funding received: none (3) vs partial (1) vs fully funded (0)
3. Written statement: Excellent (6) vs Average (3) vs Poor (0)

NB. ECRs must have been awarded a PhD within five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption.  Applicants without PhD qualifications but with up to 10 years’ experience in the plant pathology industry are also considered as ECRs.

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 AEST on 27th June 2022 to

Thank you to APPS for providing these bursaries.


Registration Costs

Full Registration

Early bird closes on 30th May 2022.

Full Registration includes access to all sessions and day catering including social functions.

Delegate $1195
Student $500

Virtual Registrations

Virtual registrations are now open.  Virtual registration will give you access to the conference live on the day as well as for 60 days post event to re-watch or view any missed sessions.

Delegate $495
Student $295

Day Registrations

Delegate $450
Student $250


Hilton Cairns

Located in the heart of Cairns, the Hilton Cairns will host 11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium 2022.

Walking distance from 5-star restaurants and many of Cairns's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Hilton Cairns will be great.

Accommodation is available onsite at the Hilton Cairns and can be booked as part of your registration. 


Hilton Cairns


Private balcony with panoramic view, WiFi, 37-inch TV.

Relax in this comfortable guest room with views overlooking the city of Cairns and the rainforest-covered mountains beyond.

Catch up on some work with our WiFi service, or make yourself comfortable on the bed as you watch the 37-inch TV.  Also available with two double beds.

Room incl 1 breakfast daily - $149 / day

Additional breakfasts are $20pp