Plant Science Central is a joint meeting of the three societies, bringing together a diverse range of research areas and delegates from Universities, Research Institutes and Industry.

This year sessions will be in the following research themes:

  • Cell Wall Physiology
  • New Breeding Technologies
  • Plant Phenotyping
  • Postharvest Technologies
  • Tree & Vine Physiology
  • Plant Growth Regulators and Development
  • Plant Biotechnology 
  • Germplasm conservation

but the organisers welcome presentations on any aspect of Plant Biology

Conference event registration is at https://www.agscience.org.nz/event/plant-science-central-conference/

Online Registration will open in April.

Abstract submission Abstract Template

Abstracts (up to 250 words) will be called for on the website and should be submitted by Friday 10th May.2019. Notification of provisional acceptance as oral or poster presentations will be given by Friday 17th May 2019 and registration must be completed by Friday 7 June 2019 to qualify for our generous early bird discount. After that date only poster presentations will be accepted; so if you are accepted for an oral presentation but do not pay at the earlybird rate, then your presentation will automatically change to a poster. 

Please consider joining one of the three organisations to receive generous conference registration fee discounts.
NZIAPB $30 annual fee contact Kim.Richardson@agresearch.co.nz
NZIAHS $60-$155, students $35 annual fee contact Jenny Taylor secretariat@agscience.org.nz
NZSPB $50 per year/ $80 for 2 years, student/unwaged $15 per annual fee Ranjith.Pathirana@plantandfood.co.nz

Conference Dinner (incl. Society Awards) will be held on Wednesday 3rd July.  

All three societies will hold their Annual General Meetings on 3 July before the dinner.

Registration Details    
Registration type Fee per person Deadline
Early Bird Registration Member *  $400.00 Friday 7 June 2019
Early Bird Registration Non-Member $500.00 Friday 7 June 2019
Standard Registration Member $600.00 Wednesday 26 June 2019
Standard Registration Non-Member $700.00 Wednesday 26 June 2019
Student Early Bird Registration** $200.00 Friday 7 June 2019
Student Early Bird Registration
Non-Member**
$250.00 Friday 7 June 2019
Student Standard Registration $250.00 Wednesday 26 June 2019
Student Standard Registration
Non-Member** 
$300.00 Friday 7 June 2019
Day Registration (per day) *** $200.00 Wednesday 26 June 2019
Dinner Registration $100 Wednesday 26 June 2019

* Full Registration (Member and Non-Member)

Includes: Attendance at all sessions during the conference, catering during the conference (morning, afternoon tea and lunch) and the poster session (with drinks and nibbles) on Tuesday 2 July 2019. Does not include conference dinner.

** Student Registration
Includes: Attendance at all sessions during the conference, catering during the conference (morning, afternoon tea and lunch) and the poster session (with drinks and nibbles) on Tuesday 2 July 2019.
Does not include conference dinner.
Proof of full time student status is required at time of registration. A letter from your supervisor outlining your programme of study, study ID number and verification of your full time student equivalent status is required.

*** Day Registration (per person per day)
Includes: Access to the conference session on the day registered, morning, afternoon tea and lunch on the day registered.

If the registered day is on Tuesday 2 July 2019, this day includes the poster and drinks session in the evening.
Does not include conference dinner. 

Accommodation Details (Please book direct and quote “Plant Science Central Conference” Massey University)

Harrington’s Motor Lodge
Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, (06) 354 7259,
Email: stay@harringtonsmotorlodge.co.nz

Studio unit $135,
Standard room $140

Distinction  Coachman
Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, (06) 356 5065.
Email: fom@distinctioncoachman.co.nz 

Studio motel room $119,
Standard hotel room $141.

Organising Committee
Julian Heyes, Chair of Organising Committee
Kim Richardson, NZIAPB National Correspondent
Jill Stanley, President of NZIAHS
Richard Macknight, President NZSPB
Marian McKenzie
Mike Dodd
David Lewis
Huub Kerckhoffs
Carl Mesarich
Mo Li
Andrew East
Ranjith Pathirana
Nick Albert

All enquiries to Jenny Taylor, Conference Organiser, secretariat@agscience.org.nz

Tel: (09) 812 8506, Mobile: (027) 477 9821