Canberra is set to welcome over 180 international scientists and leading experts representing 34 countries as the International Society of Root Research (ISRR) prepares to hold its global Symposium from 6-9 October, 2015.
Roots Down Under – Belowground Solutions to Global Challenges is the ninth international symposium of the ISRR and the first to be held in Australia and the southern hemisphere. With an expected 300 plus delegates in attendance, the scientific meeting will discuss root function in both agricultural and natural ecosystems for improving plant productivity, and sustainable land use in ecosystems across the globe.
Canberra Convention Bureau CEO, Michael Matthews is delighted to welcome this prestigious international event to Canberra. “Attracting an international scientific meeting reinforces Canberra as a city where research excellence and innovation connects” he said. “The brightest minds from around the world and Australia will be meeting in this city and that further underlines the enduring legacies that business events will create for our region”.
The symposium is supported by the Research and Learning Institutes Group (RALIG), which underpins Canberra Convention Bureau’s THINK Canberra strategy. RALIG is comprised of Canberra’s leading research, cultural and learning institutes, and fosters connections between business events and the intellectual, cultural and academic capacity that Canberra is uniquely placed to provide. Major supporters of the event also include CSIRO and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
“THINK Canberra, in conjunction with leading universities around Australia and the Crawford Fund, established a Student Ambassador Program as part of the symposium”, said Dr Alan Richardson, Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO and Chair of the organising committee for the ISRR 9th Symposium. “This program links 24 PhD students from around the world and is an important step to establishing a strong group of future researchers in plant root biology across the globe”.