Herbicide Discovery & Development

Perth, University of Western Australia, 15-17 January 2020. Registrations EXTENDED to 6 Jan 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, Dr Grishma Vadlamani 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 register, click this link which takes you to the RACI website. Registration fees are RACI/NZIC students: $90, non-affiliated students: $130, RACI/NZIC members: $150, non-affiliated delegates: $200. To be considered for a presentation, complete the abstract template and e-mail it to [email protected]. Abstracts are welcome and we have a few oral presentation slots left for students and ECRs. If you need a letter of invitation to apply for an Australian visa, request it via email. To join RACI, click here. Registration covers attendance to all lectures, lunches, coffee breaks, welcome mixer, dinner and the welcome barbeque. Registrations EXTENDED to 6 Jan 2020. A final schedule is available here as a PDF.


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 in Wilsmore Lecture Theatre at 5pm on Wednesday 15 January to allow delegates to arrive during the day. After an opportunity to register, we will have a welcome and then keynote from Prof. Hugh Beckie, the new Director of AHRI stating the problem of herbicide resistance that faces the world today. After a short welcome address by the chair, Day 2 (Thursday) will begin with international authority on herbicides Prof. Stephen Duke from the Univeristy of Mississippi. He will be followed by Prof. Luke Guddat from UQ and then Dr Belinda Abbott, a synthetic organic chemist from LIMS. In the afternoon we roll into an industry session with Dr Ruth Campe from BASF, Dr Sabine Kahlau from targenomix in Germany and Amit Vasavada from Marrone BioInnovations, USA. Day 3 (Friday) will open with Dr Laura Barter from Imperial College London and Director of AGRI-net talking about screening and delivery of agrochemicals in plants. Dr David Ascher from the Univeristy of Melbourne will talk about how machine learning might be used in herbicide development and this is followed by invited international lectures on chemistry from two groups in China. In the afternoon we have a Student & Early Career Researcher (ECR) session then close with a sundowner and BBQ from 5.30pm. For those able to stay on in Perth a trip to Rottnest Island on Saturday 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.

  • Day One
  • Wed 15 Jan 2020
  • A 5pm start to the meeting with a keynote lecture and welcome barbecue.
  • Registration 4pm
  • Opening Keynote 5pm
  • BBQ welcome 6pm
  • Program PDF
  • Day Two
  • Thu 16 Jan 2020
  • A full day of international and national keynote speakers and industry speakers.
  • International Keynote
  • National Keynotes
  • Internation Industry Keynote
  • Posters, Mixer, BBQ 5.15pm
  • Program PDF

  • Day Three
  • Fri 17 Jan 2020
  • Two keynotes before national invited speakers and an afternoon of ECR/student talks before a sundowner from 5pm.
  • International & National Keynotes
  • National Invited Lectures
  • Student-ECR Session & Sundowner
  • Program PDF

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