Herbicide Discovery & Development

Perth, University of Western Australia, 15-17 January 2020
A conference ideal for students and ECRs to meet industry and academics interested in herbicides

All about new herbicides

Thanks to genetic resistance to many of the most popular herbicides, the need for new ones is greater than ever. Come help be part of the solution!

Speaker Invitations

The Organising Committee warmly welcome you to attend the inaugural Herbicide Discovery and Development meeting (HDD2020) to be held in Western Australia. HDD2020 is being organised by Dr Joel Haywood and the research groups of Associate Professors Mylne and Stubbs in UWA's School of Molecular Sciences with adminstrative help from The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). The conference is being run in conjunction with the RACI Synthetic and Organic Group WA. The meeting will focus on presentations from students and early career researchers, supported by a small number of distinguished international and interstate speakers from academia and industry. The conference will focus on organic chemistry, chemical biology and structural biology approaches directed at the discovery or development of herbicides.

Abstract and Registration

To be considered for a presentation, complete the [link TBA] abstract template and e-mail it to secretariat@hdd2020.org. The conference is hosted by the University of Western Australia and lectures will be held in the Bayliss Building - School of Molecular Sciences (building 211, H6 section in the UWA campus map available here. To register, a link (TBA) will become available that will take registrants to the RACI website. If you need a letter of invitation to apply for an Australian visa, you can request it via email whilst submitting your abstract. Registration fees remain to be finalised, but a guide is RACI/NZIC students: $90, non-affiliated students: $130, RACI/NZIC members: $150, non-affiliated delegates: $200. To join RACI, click here. Registration covers attendance to all lectures, coffee breaks, welcome mixer, and barbeques.


The recommended accommodation for those attending the conference is St. George's College, conveniently located opposite the UWA campus on Stirling Highway. To book a room at St. George's College (from $85 single or $125 double per night), please fill in the booking form and send your booking directly to St George Admin. You are also welcome to seek alternative accommodation at the following hotels (all about 4 km from UWA, bus transport available every 10-15 minutes, or 40-50 minutes walk along the Swan River): Quest Apartments on 130 Mounts Bay Road, Sullivan's Hotel on 116 Mounts Bay Round, Mounts Bay Waters Apartments Hotel on 112 Mounts Bay Road. The University of Western Australia acknowledges that it is situated on Noongar land, that the Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.


The meeting starts 5pm on Wednesday 15 January to allow delegates to arrive during the day. After an opportunity to register, we will have a keynote plenary and then a welcome BBQ function. Day 2 (Thursday) will consist of several keynote and invited lectures from selected abstracts and the day will end with a poster session and the conference dinner. Day 3 (Friday) will consist of a Student & Early Career Researcher (ECR) and industry sessions then close with a keynote lecture and a sundowner from 4.30pm. For those able to stay on in Perth a trip to Rottnest Island is on the cards. For a PDF with a detailed program as speakers are locked in, click on Program PDF and follow announcements on Twitter by @HerbicideDisco1 using the tag #hdd2020. Our first keynote to confirm was Prof. Yi Tang from UCLA who recently published an exciting breakthrough paper in Nature entitled "Resistance-gene-directed discovery of a natural-product herbicide with a new mode of action". Our second was Prof. Luke Guddat from UQ, whose lab authored two breakthrough papers this year in PNAS (Lonhienne et al.; Garcia et al.) on acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS, ALS), a target of >50 commercial herbicides. Topping the bill will be international authority on herbicides Prof. Stephen Duke from USDA and Ole Miss (U. Mississippi) some of whose work can be read on Google Scholar. Also, Prof. Hugh Beckie, the new Director of AHRI has agreed to deliver our welcome address, stating the problem of herbicide resistance that faces the world today. Dr Belinda Abbott, a synthetic organic chemist from LIMS, will talk about two types of inhibitors for dihydrodipicolinate synthase - a key enzyme in lysine biosynthesis. We also have our first industry keynote to lock in. Dr Ruth Campe from BASF will talk about work she led on cinmethylin and its action on FAT - an essential enzyme in lipd synthesis. Finally, Dr Laura Barter from Imperial College London and Director of AGRI-net will talk on screening and delivery of agrochemicals in plants.

  • Day One
  • Wed 15 Jan 2020
  • A 5pm start to the meeting with a keynote lecture and welcome barbecue.
  • Registration
  • Opening Keynote
  • BBQ welcome
  • Program PDF
  • Day Two
  • Thu 16 Jan 2020
  • A full day of international and national keynote speakers and a session for invited lectures from selected abstracts.
  • International Keynote
  • National Keynotes
  • Poster Session
  • Conference Dinner
  • Program PDF

  • Day Three
  • Fri 17 Jan 2020
  • A session for students and industry ending with a keynote lecture and a sundowner.
  • Student and ECR Session
  • Industry Session
  • Keynote & Sundowner
  • Program PDF

Express your interest

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