We invite you to attend

11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium (ASDS), Hilton Cairns, Queensland, Australia,

24-27th November 2020

As Chair of the organising committee, I invite you to attend the 11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium to be held at Hilton Hotel, Cairns 24 -27th November 2020.

The previous symposia have been outstanding successes promoting soilborne disease and soil health to the world. In the International Year of Plant Health, ASDS 2020 will be under the banner of “Protecting the roots of plant health”. This conference will feature renowned scientists, leading industry identities from overseas and within Australia.

Pre-symposium workshops and field trips will feature current topics of interest including:

- Pathogen-Plant-Microbe Interactions
- Overcoming Fusarium wilts
- On-farm biosecurity practices

I encourage you to be part of this exciting event, and look forward to welcoming you to Cairns.


Tony Pattison                                                                                                  Rob Magarey
Co-Chair. ASDS 2020                                                                                      Co-Chair. ASDS 2020

Organising Committee

Tony Pattison, DAF
Co-Convenor, Co-Chair

Rob Magarey, SRA
Co-Convenor, Co-Chair

Sue Pattison, Hypatia

Hazel Gaza, DAF
Committee Member

David East, DAF
Committee Member

Paul Dennis, UQ
Committee Member - Microbial Ecology

Linda Smith, DAF
Committee Member – Cotton/broadacre

Richard Davis, AQIS
Committee Member – Biosecurity

Key Dates

Call for abstracts 30 March 2020
Close abstracts 1 July 2020
Advised of outcome 20 July 2020
Registration Opens for Early Bird 30 March 2020
Early Bird Registration Closes 30 June 2020
Conference starts 24 November 2020

Program Themes

The ASDS 2020 Conference will revolve around the below themes. The 

1. Diagnostics and detection
2. Quarantine and biosecurity
3. Emerging threats and new pathogens
4. Modeling and epidemiology
5. Disease management:
     a. Chemical control,
     b. Biological control,
     c. Cultural control,
     d. Integrated practices
6. Breeding, genetics, and resistance
7. Soil and pathogen ecology
8. Plant, pathogen and microbe interactions
9. Communications and engagement


Hilton Cairns

Located in the heart of Cairns, the Hilton Cairns will host 11th Australasian Soilborne Disease Symposium 2020.

Walking distance from 5-star restaurants and many of Cairns's main attractions we trust that your experience at the Hilton Cairns will be great.

Accommodation is available onsite at the Hilton Cairns and can be booked as part of your registration. 


Hilton Cairns


Private balcony with panoramic view, WiFi, 37-inch TV.

Relax in this comfortable guest room with views overlooking the city of Cairns and the rainforest-covered mountains beyond.

Catch up on some work with our WiFi service, or make yourself comfortable on the bed as you watch the 37-inch TV.  Also available with two double beds.

Room incl 1 breakfast daily - $149 / day

Additional breakfasts are $20pp