The social activities at the conference are an important part of the conference, allowing you to catch up with other delegates between sessions. You can book for the following functions when registering.

Welcome Reception

  • 1700 – 1900, Sunday 20 September
  • Inclusive of full and student registrations
  • $55 for additional tickets

The Welcome Reception is a great chance to catch up with interstate colleagues and to meet delegates who are attending the conference for the first time.

RAID Networking Event

  • 1830 – 1930, Monday 21 September
  • Cash Bar – Finger Food Provided
  • Onyx Bar, Wrest Point Convention Centre

Please RSVP to Rowan Smith by Wednesday 16th September if you are interested in attending.

Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) are holding a networking event following Day 1 of the Agronomy Conference.

RAID connects, engages and supports agricultural researchers working in international development. RAID’s vision is to become an active network of motivated researchers who enhance each other’s career by sharing knowledge and opportunities related to agricultural research for international development.

RAID is well on the way to achieving this and has a thriving community on our:

As this event is coinciding with the Agronomy Conference we are expecting agronomy researchers with international experience to be in attendance. Lindsay Bell (CSIRO) will give a short address of his experiences in agriculture for international development. Attendance is open to members and/or non-members wanting to know more about the network and interested in joining.

Conference Dinner @ MONA

  • MONA
  • 1800 – 2230, Tuesday 22 September
  • Ferry departs Wrest Point pier at 1800
  • $125 per person

Update: The ferry will transfer delegates back to Wrest Point. Coaches will be available from MONA for those delegates staying at the other conference hotels in Sandy Bay and the City. Bookings for the coach are required and can be made via your registration record.

You will be transported to MONA on MONA ROMA 1, the distinctively camouflaged catamaran with 3 bars, art installations and expansive windows that allow you to take in the scenery of the Derwent River. On arrival, guests will enjoy an hours private viewing of the museum before sitting down to dinner.

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) is a must see destination in Hobart. It is the largest privately owned museum in Australia and houses antiquities, modern and contemporary art from the collection of the owner, David Walsh. Walsh has described the museum as a “subversive adult Disneyland.”

Optional Tour Ideas


The Agrarian Kitchen

A sustainable farm-based cooking school situated in a 19th century schoolhouse.

The Agrarian Kitchen is a working farm that grows and uses heirloom varieties of fruit, vegetables and rare breed animals in its cooking classes and also sources ingredients from local farmers, fishermen, gardeners and artisanal producers.


Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary

If you want to get up close and personal with wildlife, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary is a must do! See active Tasmanian devils, hand feed our mob of free ranging kangaroos, join a tour and meet orphan wombats and koalas.


Saffire Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet is a luxury coastal sanctuary on Tasmania’s East Coast delivering sophisticated and intimate style.

Discreetly positioned overlooking the Hazards Mountains, Freycinet Peninsula and the waters of Great Oyster Bay, Saffire blends mankind and nature with breathtaking beauty. With only 20 luxurious suites, exclusive day spa, restaurant, guest lounge and bar, this experience is a celebration of the art of service, wellbeing, local culinary delights, ancient landscapes and abundant wildlife.


The Maria Island Walk

Maria Island is a world heritage listed national park just off the east coast of Tasmania. The Maria Island Walk has been selected as one of the exclusive Great Walks of Australia and won 7 National and 12 State Awards for tourism. This gentle four day guided walk combines rare Tasmanian wildlife, spectacular scenery and fascinating history.


Port Arthur Historic Site

The Port Arthur experience is unforgettable. Just a one-and-a-half hour drive from Hobart on the Tasman Peninsula, a visit to the World Heritage Listed Port Arthur Historic Site is one of Tasmania’s iconic cultural heritage experiences. You can explore the ruins of the Penitentiary, the Separate Prison, Dockyard, Convict Church and Museum Houses as well as the vast grounds and gardens. Port Arthur Historic Site is Australia?s most intact and evocative convict site.


Tamar Valley Wine Route

The Tamar Valley Wine Route is in the heart of northern Tasmania – home to some of the finest wines in the world. The unique cool climate location produces elegant wines of exceptional quality and you can visit over 32 wineries within driving distance of each other.? Cellar door tastings are a specialty of the Tamar Valley featuring standout wine styles of sparkling wine, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir.