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2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference Wraps Up

Friday 05, Jul 2019

Well, the 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition is done and dusted and what a week everyone had in Brisbane – great talks, great networking and, of course, a great location. 

Brisbane Brings it for Largest Turf Industry Event

The AGCSA Board and staff wish to sincerely thank all delegates, speakers, sponsors and trade exhibitors for their involvement with the recent 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in the last week of June.

The response from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, with many indicating it was the strongest programme and line-up of speakers at the conference for many years.

The conference brought together a stellar line-up of international guests who complemented a talented group of local speakers drawn from across the country.

From the incredible final Plenary session delivered by Cameron Schwab (pictured) to the final Turfgrass Talkback featuring the likes of Dr John Kaminski (Penn State University), Craig Haldane (Gleneagles) and Dr Fred Yelverton (North Carolina State University), and all the workshops and specialist stream sessions in between, this year’s event provided plenty of concepts and ideas for delegates to digest.

“Engagement is the critical element to making a successful learning environment, and we saw tremendous levels of engagement from attendees across some 50 individual education sessions, covering more than 120 hours of education in Brisbane,” says AGCSA CEO Mark Unwin.

“This was particularly pleasing for me as it shows the continued investment people are making into their professional development, and taking the opportunity to learn from peers, from industry leaders and those outside our industry who have experiences and knowledge we can all benefit from.”

 

Cameron Schwab from DesignCEO inspiring Turf Managers with his presentation on Understanding your Brand 

Planning has already begun for the 2020 conference which, as announced in The Cut earlier this year, will be another level again as it joins forces with Golf Business Forum. To assist in the planning of next year’s event, delegates to Brisbane were last week sent out a survey to get their feedback on the 2019 event.

These surveys play a critical role in future planning and any feedback – both positive and negative – is always taken on board. The survey will be open for another 10 days, so if you haven’t received the survey to complete then please contact the AGCSA.  

“I think the challenge for us now, after receiving such incredibly positive feedback, is to continue setting the bar higher for Melbourne in 2020,” says Unwin.

"Next year we plan to expand the education component even further – around double the sessions and hours – to ensure sports turf managers attending the conference are leading the way in professional and personal development. I’m excited about the opportunities presented and very confident we have the team to continue developing the turf conference even further.”

A full wrap of the 2019 conference will be included in the upcoming July-August edition of Australian Turfgrass Management Journal.

 

Steve Isaac (The R&A)  Dr John Kaminski (Penn State University, USA)  Craig Haldane (Gleneagles, UK)