2020 Conference Program


2020 Conference Program


Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

June 22 - 25, 2020


Day 1       Monday 22nd June


Day 1 of the Sports Turf Management Conference features 2 different all-day workshops sponsored by Gold Partner Jacobsen.
 Conference delegates can choose either when registering. 




Workshop 1

Agronomy Workshop

Workshop 2

Management & Leadership

10.00am - 3.00pm

includes morning tea + lunch


Progressive Nutrient, Growth and Pest Management

Dr Frank Rossi

Management & Leadership Workshop 

9.00 am - 3.30 pm

includes lunch

Turf Technicans Shed Tour:  Peninsula Kingswood and Royal Melbourne Golf Clubs



National Turf Industry Awards Dinner Sponsored by Syngenta




                       Monday 22nd June                      6.30pm - Arrival and Pre Dinner Drinks



Sovereign Room, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre




Day 2      Tuesday 23rd June

Day 2 of the Sports Turf Management Conference is a plenary session combining with attendees of the Golf Business Forum, where all delegates and exhibitors are invited to attend.

The conference plenary sessions will cover a broad range of content from keynote speakers and panel discussions focusing on sport & recreation industry updates, exploring the evolution of customer experience and hearing from a range of sporting governing bodies on managing facilities and developing leadership skills for delegates. 

Day 2 also sees the Turf Technicians Stream return to MCEC.  Please click here for the extended program



Sports Turf Management & Golf Business Forum Plenary Sessions - Goldfields Theatre

8.00am - 8.15am


Conference Opening and Welcome Address


8.30am - 9.15am


Revitalising the Game - NBL & The Customer Experience

Jeremy Loeliger, 
Chief Executive Officer, National Basketball League (NBL)


9.15am - 10.00am


Leadership - Delivering Exceptional Experiences

Jaquie Scammell, 
Customer Relationship Expert, jaquiescammell.com


10.00am - 10.30am

The Customer and the Course

Brendan Allen, 
General Manager & Superintendent, The Hills Golf Club, New Zealand
10.30am - 11.15am

Morning Tea

11.15am - 11.45am

Insights into Sporting Facilities, Infrastucture and Participation

Fiona Broughton, Sport Australia
11.45am - 12.15pm

Driving Participation & Facility Development in Australia

Expert Panel Session - GA, AFL, NRL, CA


12.15pm - 1.00pm

Integrating the Customer into Facility Management and Planning

Carla Armanet
Director Sport & Recreation - Centennial Parklands
1.00pm - 3.00pm

Lunch & Trade Exhibition

3.00pm - 4.00pm

Leadership in Sport

Keynote Presentation
4.00pm - 6.00pm

VIP Trade Exhibition Opening


8.30pm - 1.00pm

                                                   Turf Technicians Stream                                                 


For full details of the technicians stream please click here

Day 3       Wednesday 24th June

Day 3 of the Sports Turf Management Conference breaks the Education Sessions into more specialised streams where full and day delegates can attend any session or workshop of thier choosing.

The conference education sessions cover golf, sportsfields & grounds, technicians, workshops and management topics and feature a combination of international and Australian researchers, sports turf managers from sportsfields, schools and golf courses, keynote speakers and panel discussions. 






Sportsfields & Grounds




8.30am - 9.15am

HIgh Performance Putting Surface Management

Dr. Frank Rossi
Guest Grounds Manager
Developing Effective Presentation Skills to Engange an Audience

Carmen Sederino

* Future innovations in Turf machinery
* Small Engine Maintenance
* Electric and/or Hybrid Small Engines
Integrating Field Assessments into Sporting Facilities

9.15am - 10.00am

Contamination & Biosecurity Responsibilities
John Neylan
Effective use of Wetting Agents on Playing Surfaces
Dr. Andy Owen
10.00am - 10.30am


Morning Tea & Trade Exhibition


10.30am - 11.10am

Utilising Seaweed to Reduce Parasitic Nematodes
Dr Andy Owen
Developing a Fertiliser Program for Sportsfields & Grounds

Bruce Macphee + Tim Fankhauser

Building Effective Relationships in the Workplace - The Relationship between GM and Super


* Multi purpose prime units care

Chris Stiig

* It's about you - Increasing your profile in the team
* Motor Maintenance and New Technologies
Research into Poa Annua Management and Control

Dr. Peter Boutsalis + Friends

11.10am - 11.50am
The 2019 Presidents Cup

Richard Forsyth

Turfgrass Disease Management in Sportsfields

Dr Nathan Walker

Leadership: Coaching for Success
11.50am - 12.30pm
The 2020 Players Championship at TPC Tournament
TPC Program Attendees
Research into Green House Gas Emissions from Australian Sportsfields

Greg Dingle (Ph.D.)

Modern Leadership for Turf Managers

Ben Gibson

12.30pm - 2.30pm

LUNCH & Trade Exhibition Seminars

2.30pm - 4.00pm

Combined Final Plenary Session

Inspirational Speaker - Resilience in the face of Adversity 

4.00pm - 5.00pm
AGM of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Assocaition 

ASTMA Members




Day 4       Thursday 25th June

Day 4 of the Turfgrass Conference, the final day of education, continues sessions in specialised streams, where full and day delegates can attend any session or workshop.

The conference education sessions cover golf, sportsfields & grounds, technicians, workshops and management topics and feature a combination of international and Australian researchers, sportsturf managers from sportsfields and golf courses, keynote speakers and panel discussions.  The final session of the conference will be an interactive talkback session with a team of sportsturf and industry experts answering audience questions on a range of sports turf management topics. 






Sportsfields &


Workshop 1

Workshop 2

8.30am - 1.00pm

 Turf Technicians Tours - West


8.30am - 9.30am

Turf Patch Disease Biology and Management

Dr Nathan Walker
Balancing Safety and Performance on Sports Playing Surfaces

Dr Frank Rossi

Sand Selection in Sports Turf Environments

Bruce Macphee & Industry Panel

Guest Speaker
9.30am - 10.30am
Future Innovations in Turf Machinery for Golf Course Management
Revisiting Challenges in Sports Turf Management

John Marscaro

10.30am - 11.00am

Morning Tea

11.00am - 11.40pm
Golf Analytics: Blending Technology with Instinct
Dr Frank Rossi
The Last 12 Months - Challenges and Successes - Delivering Despite Disasters
Sand Selection in Sports Turf Environments


Bruce Macphee & Industry Panel
Time Management 

11.40pm- 12.20pm

Irrigation Auditing 

Dr Gary Thomas

The Importance of Data - Understanding what the Numbers Tell you

Damien Hough

12.20pm - 1.00pm
Couch - Establishment Methods and Tolerence to Drought

Dr Philip Ford
Multi - Use Venues

Panel Session
1.00pm - 2.30pm




2.30pm - 3.30pm


Turfgrass Talkback

Hosted talkback session with a team of Sports Turf and Industry experts. 

Interactive session with audience based questions on all areas of Sports Turf Management




Conference Farewell Bash - Sponsored by Greenway Turf Solutions



Thursday 25th June

5.00pm - 7.30pm