5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS 2018), Adelaide, Australia, 2-5 October 2018

Date(s) - 02/10/2018 - 05/10/2018
All Day


The 5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium, IPPS2018, will bring together an exciting, multidisciplinary community including plant scientists, agronomists, ecologists, engineers, biostatisticians and computer scientists in a rich networking environment to foster knowledge sharing, collaboration, innovation, and the beginning of new partnerships, ideas and research projects.

Preeminent speakers from around the world will share the latest knowledge in plant phenotyping tools and technologies as well as data management, analysis and visualisation to approximately 250 participants. Themes will include areas such as root and shoot phenotyping in the controlled environment and in the eld, robotics, optics, VR, remote sensing, APIs, predictive modelling, big data, machine learning and what the future in precision agriculture may look like.

From plant
Trying to understanding the interaction of a plant’s genotype with the environment is a key driver of plant phenomics. How can we measure large numbers of plants in varying environmental conditions to identify the traits that will make them more tolerant to our changing climate? How can we use latest camera and sensor technology to get a better understanding of plant physiological processes and the environment in which they grow?

  • Keynote speaker
  • Session 1: What’s going on underground?
  • Session 2: Phenotyping small things (seed phenotyping)
  • Session 3: Under control (controlled phenotyping)
  • Session 4: Out of control (field phenotyping)
  • To data
    As data acquisition improves rapidly in volume and complexity, the phenotyping bottleneck is shifting to data. How do we ensure the data we capture is high-quality and relevant? How do we combine different data sources to enrich the phenotyping measurement information? How do we annotate and manage data so it can be shared, re-used and queried?

  • Panel discussion: Data wrangling
  • Session 5: Scrutinising the data – information management and pipelines
  • Session 6: A picture’s worth a thousand words (image-based phenotyping)
  • <To impact
    Plant phenomics brings together a whole suite of expertise, from plant biologists to engineers and statisticians. Working collaboratively, these disciplines can advance our understanding of plant performance and resilience, and we can make progress towards identifying the genetics of stress tolerance and breeding higher yielding crops.

  • Keynote speaker
  • Session 7: Perfecting plants – selection and phenotyping (breeding)
  • Session 8: From fungi, to cockatoos, to kangaroos (biotic stress)
  • Session 9: When soils and weather don’t cooperate (abiotic stress)
  • Session 10: From idea to reality – developing novel tech for future challenges
  • Looking to the future

    The first of our speakers have been announced!

    The first of our speakers and chairs have been announced, including Prof Mark Tester (KAUST, Saudi Arabia), Dr Nicole Jensen (GRDC, Australia), Dr Rajeev K Varshney (ICRISAT, India), Dr Kioumars Ghamkhar (AgResearch, New Zealand), Prof Tony Pridmore (University of Nottingham, UK) and Prof Uli Schurr (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany).

    For more information

    You will find everything you need to know on the symposium website, from how to register and submit abstracts to sponsorship opportunities and early career travel grants. You can also keep an eye on the latest news through the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility’s website.

    We look forward to welcoming the international plant science community to South Australia, where you will get the full Australian experience all in one state. From cage diving to fine dining, there’s a wine barrel full of reasons why South Australia was named as one of Lonely Planet’s best regions to visit in 2017! Find out more about this vibrant city before you arrive here.

    Important Dates

    Registrations open: OPEN
    Call for abstracts out: OPEN
    Close of abstract submissions: 2nd July 2018 – to be extended, see the website for more info.
    Early bird registration deadline: 6th August 2018