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2017 University Network for Tropical Agriculture (UNTA) President’s Forum
The University of Queensland (UQ) highly values our UNTA membership and in particular the platform it provides for communication and collaboration creating closer ties, shared knowledge and strategies to improve the quality and standard of higher education in tropical agriculture. We are delighted that UQ will be hosting the event this year.
UNTA 2017 will be held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November 2017 at UQ’s St Lucia campus, Queensland, Australia. Our beautiful campus, situated on Brisbane’s major river, is a short distance from the city centre by either road or river transportation. UNTA 2017’s overarching theme is Innovative Education Practice, particularly as it relates to agricultural education. We will extend this theme with a practical field excursion to be undertaken on Friday 24 November when delegates will have an opportunity to visit intensive horticultural production systems in the Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane. The Lockyer Valley, a region of rich farmlands, is colloquially known as ‘Australia’s Salad Bowl‘. During the excursion, you will also visit the UQ Gatton campus, home to many of UQ’s agriculture researchers and students.
We have scheduled the UNTA meeting to follow the TropAg 2017 conference, which brings together leading tropical agriculture researchers from around the world. We anticipate welcoming around 1000 delegates to the conference this year. Linking UNTA and TropAg will allow UNTA delegates to join the discussions at the conference, and provide your scientists an opportunity to showcase their own work.
For UNTA delegates that are also intending to attend TropAg2017, you can access a special discounted registration. The special registration price is $650 for the three days, plus conference dinner $125.
Formal meeting – Thursday 23rd November
Field trip – Friday 24th November
Field trip to the Lockyer Valley. Bus transport will be provided. Lunch at the UQ Gatton campus.
The Brisbane International airport website is a useful tool to track your flights, and find advice on transport options including rental cars.
You can simply hail a cab from the airport from the taxi rank or book online or over the phone. Black and White cabs are one of the major taxi companies in Brisbane.
Another local transport option is Uber, a local ride share service. While your driver will be able to take care of directions for you, Google maps provides detailed directions to UQ from Brisane airport.
Delegates will be provided with three nights accommodation at Union College on the UQ grounds at no cost. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Accommodation will be provided for two delegates from each university. Additional nights for delegates attending TropAg, or accommodation for additional delegates, can be booked at Union College for $100 AUD per night. We will facilitate this booking if you need it.
Note that the Union College accommodation is modest rooms with shared bathroom facilities. If you wish to have more luxurious accommodation, there are also numerous hotels in Brisbane Central Business District that are located within an easy commute to UQ.