UNTA 2017’s overarching theme is Innovative Education Practice, particularly as it relates to agricultural education. The meeting information will be updated regularly.






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2017 University Network for Tropical Agriculture (UNTA) President’s Forum


UNTA 2017 Meeting and Seminar will be held at University of Queensland St. Lucia Campus in Australia. The meeting would be held in conjuction with the TropAg2017 Conference. We anticipated that the UNTA 2017 Meeting will attract around 1000 scientists from around the world

in Southeast Asia and course accreditation.


DAY 1: Thursday, 23 November 2017
Time: 8:15am – 9:00pm
Location: Senate Room, Brian Wilson Chancellery (61A), UQ St Lucia Campus

8:15–8:30amUNTA participants escorted from Union College to Senate Room
8:30–8:50amArrival of UNTA participants at Senate Room, coffee on arrival
9:00–10:30amSession 1 – Welcome to UQ, Prof Peter Høj, Vice Chancellor. Introduction
to Australian Agriculture. Presentations by universities new to UNTA
10:30–11:10amMorning tea
11:15am–1:00pmSession 2 – Education Innovation Session. Introduction to the Three Minute
Thesis competition. Presentations by UNTA Universities
2:00–4pmSession 3 – Australian Agriculture Outreach session. Panel discussion on
working with Australian Researchers, and studying in Australia. UNTA
University Updates.
4:00–4:35pmBrief break – coffee/tea
4:40–5:20pmUNTA Business session
5:30pmEnd of Session
6:30pmBoard bus at Union College to travel to dinner at Hillstone, St Lucia
9:00pmBoard bus to travel to Union College.


DAY 2- Friday, 24 November 2017
Time: 8:00am – 6:30pm
Location: Site visit and facilities tour, Lockyer Valley and UQ Gatton Campus

8:00amBoard bus at Union College to travel to Lockyer Valley and Gatton Campus
9:30amArrival of UNTA participants at Field Site 1
9:30-10:30amField Site 1 Tour
David Keller – a leading vegetable producer who uses both organic and
conventional production systems.to Australian Agriculture. Presentations by universities new to UNTA
10:30-11:30amMorning tea. Lake Clarendon recreation area.
Travel to Field Site 2.
11:30am-12:50pmField Site 2 Tour
Anthony Staartz, Koala Farms. Intensive vegetable production system
suppling directly to major retail outlets.Thesis competition. Presentations by UNTA Universities
12:50-1:00pmTravel to UQ Gatton Campus
2:00-4:30pmUQ Gatton Research Facilities Tour
4:30-5:10pmAfternoon Tea
5:15–6:30pmBoard bus to travel to Union College, Brisbane

Download: Schedule_-_UNTA_2017

Invited Speakers

1. University of Queesland – Dean of Agriculture, Prof. Dr. Neal Menzies

2. University of Queensland –  President, Prof. Peter Hoj

3. University of Queensland – Emeritus Prof Alan Lawson

4. University of Queensland – Ms. Kaye Hunt

5. University of Queesnland – Ms. Crystal Conception

6. University of Queensland – Ms. Yunru Lai

7. University of Queensland – Katie O’Conner

8. Nong Lam University – President, Prof. Nguyen Hay

9. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University – Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ramasamy Kumarasamy

10. Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya – Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chirantan Chattopadhyay

11. Chiang Mai University – Assoc. Prof. Nutta Potapohn

12. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology – Dean, College of Agriculture, Dr. Fure-Chyi Chen

13. National Pingtung University of Science and Technology – Dr. Vincent Ru-Chu Shih

14. Universitas Gadjha Mada – Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Jamhari

15. Yezin Agricultural University – Rector, Prof. Myo Kywe

16. University of Veterinary Science – Rector, Prof. Mar Mar Win