ASPS 2023

ASPS 2023 Hobart 28 Nov - 1 Dec 2023, featuring the floral emblem of Tasmania - Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian blue gum)

Australian Society of Plant Scientists Conference, UTAS, Sandy Bay, Hobart.

Tuesday 28 Nov – Friday 1 Dec 2023.

Tasmania’s beautiful scenery, food, wine and culture await!

General enquiries:

Getting there

Sandy Bay UTAS campus is about 7 minute car trip from Hobart CBD/wharf area and is connected by a regular bus service (approx. every 10 mins, 15 minute trip) from Hobart Bus mall stop Stop 3, Davey St.

ASPS Venue Maps


ASPS program at a glance

ASPS2023 Speaker Program

Read all about our amazing award winners in Phytogen

Award Awardee
Jan Anderson Award Dr Caitlin Byrt, ANU
RN Robertson Award Prof Kathleen Soole, Flinders University
Peter Goldacre Award Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa, University of Adelaide
Functional Plant Biology Best Paper Award Dr Babar Shahzad, UTAS
Annals of Botany Lecture Dr Christine Faulkner, JIC
Teaching Award Dr Robert Sharwood, Dr Michelle Mak, Dr Jayakumar Bose, Mr David Randall, Dr Jing He, Prof Oula Ghannoum, and Prof Zhonghua Chen

Western Sydney University

In silico Plants Travel Award Dr Nicole Fortuna, UQ

Registration is now closed.

Check your ASPS membership and join up here.


Poster preparation- all poster abstracts AUTOMATICALLY accepted

If selected, please prepare an A0 or A1 size PORTRAIT poster for display (boards are 1m wide X 2.5m high). There will be two poster sessions

 Guide for poster prep and judging


Social program

Lunch for student speakers with invited speakers (Tues 28th Nov).

Welcome BBQ (Tues 28th Nov) and final day pizza lunch (Fri 1st Dec).

Poster cocktail evening (Wednesday 29th Nov) and lunch session (Thur 30th Nov).

Guided bush walk (fully booked)/visit to Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (fully booked)/Botanical Paint and Sip (tickets still available) (Wed 29th Nov, additional cost).

Conference dinner at beautiful TMAG– Tasmanian food, wines and music (fully booked) (Thur 30th Nov).



Abstract submission is now closed

Within a day or two of registering you will receive an email from with abstract submission instructions (check your junk if you do not receive)

Use this abstract template SessionNumber_Surname

  • Oral presentation abstracts due Tues 26th September 2023 (early bird poster abstracts also welcome)
  • Poster presentations abstracts due Tues 7th November 2023

Abstract enquiries:


Number Session Chairs Invited speaker
1 Teaching, outreach and indigenous science session Georgia Koerber, Beth Loveys, Megan Shelden Kris Schaffer, Indigenous Horticulturist, Tasmania
2 Plant nutrition and beneficial plant-microbe interactions Eloise Foo, Stephanie Watts-Fawkes Dugald Reid, La Trobe
3 Plant evolution and ecology Danielle Way, Ben Halliwell Greg Jordan, UTAS
4 Drought and heat stress Tim Brodribb, Nipuni Thanthrige Brendan Choat, WSU
5 Cell walls and defence Kim Johnson, Julian Greenwood AoB Lecturer- Christine Faulkner, JIC
6 New technologies in plant biology Peter Waterhouse, Marina Oliva Matthew Lewsey, La Trobe
7 Plant modelling across scales Alex Wu, Caitlin Moore Xinguang Zhu, CAS
8 Plant development Christine Beveridge, Nouman Sohail Christine Beveridge, UQ
9 Stress sensing and signalling Sergey Shabala, Frances Sussmilch Ashwani Pareek, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Sabine Carpin, University of Orléans
10 Earth and beyond: Plants in extreme environments (open to the public session) Brett Williams, Jenny Mortimer Gioia Massa, NASA
11 Student-led session* Hahn Vo, Chris Buckley

* This is for student presenters ONLY. Students are welcome to present in any session. The student-led session is run by students and is for student speakers only covering all topics. The student-led session will be attended by all conference delegates.


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Thanks to in silico Plants for sponsoring

Early-Mid career post-PhD scientists (<10 years since completion of PhD) to attend and present at ASPS2023 in the “Plant modelling across scales” session ONLY.

The successful applicant will be invited to present their work in the “Plant modelling across scales“ session, and to submit this presentation, with additional material as appropriate, for subsequent publication in in silico Plants.

Thanks to New Phytologist and Plants, People, Planet for sponsoring

  • Best Early Career (<10 years post PhD) talk award $250 cash
    • Won by Stephanie Conway – How is early bud growth driven at the cellular level?
    • Runner up Tess McBride
    • Runner up Ibrahim Bourbia
  • Best Student talk $200 cash and runner up $150 cash
    • Won by Tanya Skinner – A new SynBio approach to improving crop CO2fixation
    •  Second place Clement E. Gille – Facilitative and competitive interactions between mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal plants in an extremely phosphorus impoverished environment
    • Runners up
      • Chantelle Beagley
      • Christopher Baros
      • Linh Nguyen
  • 3 X student poster award $150 cash each
    • Zheng Gong – Geminiviral-induced genome editing using miniature CRISPR/Cas12 (cas0) and Cas 12f variants in plants
    • Runner up won by Shanice Van Haeften  – Application of high-throughput phenotyping tools to rapidly increase understanding of mungbean canopy development and senescence behaviour

ASPS2023 is proudly sponsored by:

Gold Sponsors





Silver Sponsors

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Annals of Botany Lecture

Prize sponsor