As a research-for-development agency, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) faces the intersecting and complex challenges of how to grow more food, improve human nutrition and reduce poverty using less land, water and energy.

ACIAR works with partner countries to identify research priorities, and then to broker research partnerships and commission research projects. After a project is established, ACIAR monitors progress and outcomes throughout the project cycle to maximise impact and return on investment. By facilitating collaborative international partnerships between public and private research institutions, ACIAR provides a vehicle for Australia to strategically contribute to poverty reduction and improved livelihoods in developing countries throughout the Indo–Pacific.



The NSW Department of Primary Industries’ (DPI) works with primary industries to improve both productivity and the sustainable use of and access to natural resources, while mitigating and managing risks.  DPI is committed to growing the NSW economy though the State’s primary industries. With over 600 staff, DPI is Australia’s largest provider of R&D to the Primary Industries sector and is ranked in the top 1% of plant, animal and environmental sciences organisations globally.

The Soil and Water Unit of NSW DPI has 75 staff that undertake R&D in agriculture addressing both productivity and sustainability challenges. Through multiple R&D programs we are dedicated to promoting technologies and management systems that improve productivity and ensure the State’s soil resource is enhanced. Our Soil R&D research themes include soil functionality and nutrient management, soil constraints, soils in production landscapes, management of soil contaminants and risks, and natural capital and ecosystem services. Our R&D is industry focused and collaborative, spanning the fundamental to the applied.


The grains industry plays a vital role in Australia’s economy, representing 24 percent of total agricultural exports.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) supports the industry through investing in research, development and extension (RD&E) to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers.

The GRDC invests over $198 million in around 700 RD&E initiatives to create enduring profitability for Australian grain growers across a broad range of research areas – from molecular biology to farming systems. Within their carefully balanced portfolio is a range of investments, from long-term, high risk, ‘blue sky’ research to short-term, outcome-focused applied research at the local level. The GRDC’s investments deliver results and aim to continually break new ground for growers.

GRDC is working to ensure Australian grain growers have:

  • better practices, developed faster
  • access to superior varieties that enable them to effectively compete in global markets
  • new products and services (both on and off farm) to assist growers to effectively compete in global grain markets
  • the awareness and capacity to optimise adoption of grains research outputs.


The Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases was launched in December 2009 and now involves 57 member countries from all regions of the world. The GRA is focused on research, development and extension of technologies and practices that help deliver ways to grow more food (and more climate-resilient food systems) without growing greenhouse gas emissions.

The GRA is founded on the voluntary, collaborative efforts of countries. Its membership and governance arrangements are underpinned by a Charter, signed by all participating countries.

Members of the GRA aim to deepen and broaden mitigation research efforts across the agricultural sub-sectors of paddy rice, cropping, and livestock, and to coordinate cross-cutting activities across these areas. Research Groups have been set up to address these areas of work, through work plans that bring countries and partners together in research collaborations, knowledge sharing and best practice, and capacity building among scientists and other practitioners. The aim is to develop breakthrough solutions in addressing agricultural greenhouse gas emissions.

A Secretariat, currently hosted by New Zealand, supports the work of the Council and the Research Groups. The GRA also works with several international partners, including regional research institutes, development banks, farmer organisations and training institutes.



The CRC for High Performance Soils (Soil CRC) is bringing together scientists, industry and farmers to find practical solutions for Australia’s underperforming soils. The Soil CRC aims to enable farmers to increase their productivity and profitability by providing them with knowledge and tools to improve the performance of their soils.

It is the biggest collaborative soil research effort in Australia’s history, with 39 Participants contributing to the Soil CRC through both cash and in-kind contributions. The Soil CRC coordinates research across a range of disciplines including social science, economics, biology, chemistry, agronomy and soil science. It has funding until 2027.

Through its soil research and innovation program, the Soil CRC will develop new solutions that will unlock the potential of Australia’s agricultural sector. It will address the billions of dollars in lost opportunity experienced by farmers and regional communities due to infertile and underperforming soils.

The Soil CRC will deliver

  • New mechanisms for financially rewarding management of high performance soils.
  • New integrated soil management solutions that provide greater precision for farmers.
  • New ways to measure the performance of soils.
  • New advanced and innovative products to increase soil fertility and function.


NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment: Environment, Energy and Science Group

The Environment, Energy and Science (EES) Group within the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment undertakes scientific research, monitoring, analysis, evaluation and reporting on a range of natural resource and environmental issues.  These activities aim to provide high quality, science-based expertise to inform evidence-based policy, implementation and management for all levels of government and the community and to assist the NSW State Government meet their corporate goals and responsibilities. Teams within the EES Group focus on climate and atmosphere; ecosystem management, environment protection, water and wetlands.  A number of key ongoing programs provide scientific leadership to manage and restore soil condition and health by understanding interactions between processes, threats and pressures to promote and support management actions that empower the community to deliver a healthy and sustainable soil resource. Current, soil related programs include: the Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land program, Alpine Research Program, Ecosystem Restoration program, Citizen Science and Dustwatch.


As Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO pushes the boundaries of what is possible in innovation, science and technology. CSIRO delivers impact nationally and globally through collaboration with industry, governments and communities. CSIRO Agriculture and Food takes an integrated ‘gene to plate’ approach to improve crop quality and yield, develop innovative food processing technologies, create new value-added foods, and grow our livestock, aquaculture and fishery industries.



Located between Sydney and Brisbane in the beautiful New England region, the University of New England is the premier provider of soil, environmental, agricultural and animal science education and research in Australia. The Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law at UNE has more than 340 academic, professional and research staff with more than 400 postgraduate students enrolled in research Masters or PhD programs. With unrivalled research capabilities, equipment, laboratory facilities and SMART Farms, UNE offers significant opportunities for collaborative research projects. Our extensive networks of research partners include key agencies both national and international to deliver research outcomes of global significance and impact. We attract staff and postgraduate students from around the world to work on high profile projects that span fundamental to applied research in the soil science, environmental science, animal science and agricultural management disciplines, all of which were ranked ERA 5 – ‘Well Above World Standard’ in 2019.  Postgraduate study at UNE is supported by a generous scholarship scheme and for the last 14 years, UNE has earned the top, ‘five-star’ rating from the Good Universities Guide for the quality of our teaching, student experience and graduate employment, a record unmatched by any other Australian public university.



CSIRO Publishing operates as an editorially independent science publisher within the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). Established as a stand-alone business unit in 1995, our internationally recognised publishing program covers a wide range of scientific disciplines, including agriculture, plant and animal sciences, chemistry, health and the environment.

Our product range includes journals, books and magazines both in digital and print formats and we have a global reputation for quality and excellence. Our journals are all peer-reviewed, and many have been publishing articles for over 40 years.



Come along to meet and network with fellow early career scientists and hear career insights from leading international scientist Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, the President of Soil Science Australia Assoc. Prof. Luke Mosley, and Superstar of STEM Dr Samantha Grover.  Drinks and nibbles to follow!

The event is being sponsored and organised by Soil Science Australia.  Interested students and early career researchers should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process.



This event is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the NRM levy.

Healthy natural ecosystems and sustainable primary production systems are fundamental to social, environmental and economic well-being. With more than 50 per cent of the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges region used for primary production, the Board will continue to partner with industry to increase sustainability in production systems.


Seasol is a 100% family owned Australian business. We manufacture and market organic liquid seaweed and environmentally friendly fertilisers in the commercial, export and home garden sector. Our products have been used successfully across a wide variety of crops for over 40 years and we are  committed to proving our own company tag line, Seasol is “a better way to grow”.

We control all aspects of our product supply, from the source of the kelp, to the volume required to meet demand regardless as to whether it is a run of 5 or 20 litres all the way up to multiple IBC’s.  Because all the bottling is done in house, our factory can change packing schedules rapidly to minimise potential out of stock caused by increased demand. Our growing range of plant tonics, fertilisers, soil conditioners and water saving products are designed to help keep gardens green and beautiful and farms more productive and sustainable.


Elementar manufacture a range of elemental analysers which are distributed here in Australia by Elementar Australia Pty. Ltd., a wholly owned daughter company of Elementar Analysensysteme GmbH. Whether you are looking for a new elemental analyser or support for an existing Elementar instrument, Elementar Australia can provide the perfect solution.

Ph: +61 (0)2 8296 0480


EAL – Environmental Analysis Laboratory – Southern Cross University, is an innovative research, teaching and consultancy laboratory offering cutting-edge, quality assured competitive services nationally and internationally. Specialising in water, plant tissue, compost and soil testing, EAL provides comprehensive analysis to support management of soil organic matter in agricultural and environmental applications.


Peats Soil and Garden Supplies is a second-generation South Australian company with a vision to be a world leader in sustainable and innovative organics recycling. For 45 years Peats have been processing and marketing recyclable organic resources, creating valuable landscaping, garden and horticultural products and earning a reputation as a true environmental and carbon friendly company.


The Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) works on behalf of its members to raise awareness of the benefits of recycling organic resources.

It aims to act as an advocate for the wider organics resource recovery and beneficial reuse industries, and to represent their views in a constructive dialogue with policy makers. The Association envisages an industry in which best practice is shared, standards are maintained and surpassed, and a positive contribution to safeguarding the environment is made

AORA works with stakeholders to facilitate the conditions through which surplus organic material can be sustainably and cost-effectively recycled and to promote the beneficial use of compost, soil conditioners and mulches in primary industry.


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