Herbicide Discovery & Development

Perth, Curtin University, 18-20 January 2023.
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 second Herbicide Discovery and Development meeting (HDD2023) to be held in Western Australia. HDD2023 is being organised by Dr Joel Haywood and Professor Josh Mylne from Curtin University's Centre for Crop and Disease Management as well as Associate Professor Keith Stubbs from UWA's School of Molecular Sciences. 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

Abstracts (for students and ECRs only) will remain open until 3 January 2023. To submit an abstract use this template and e-mail us your abstract! Our session speakers are locked in. For students and ECRs we will select the most relevant for oral presentations. To register, click this link which takes you to an Eventbrite website. Registration fees are now students: $130 and non-student delegates: $225. If you need a letter of invitation to apply for an Australian visa, request it via email. Registration covers attendance to all lectures, lunches, coffee breaks, drinks, welcome mixer, dinner and the welcome barbeque.


The recommended accommodation for those attending the conference is Nesuto Curtin Perth Hotel, conveniently located on Curtin University's Bentley campus and a 10 minute walk from the conference location. You are also welcome to seek alternative accommodation at hotels in Perth city as buses regularly arrive at Curtin University. Curtin University 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 at Curtin University in the Life Science Building (300) at 5pm on Wednesday 18 January to allow delegates to arrive during the day. After an opportunity to register, we will have a welcome and then keynote from Assoc. Prof. Todd Gaines of Colorado State University 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. Steve Duke from the University of Mississippi. He will be followed by Prof. Luke Guddatt from The University of Queensland and then Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa, a biochemist from The University of Adelaide among others yet to be announced. In the afternoon we have a Student & Early Career Researcher (ECR) session. Day 3 (Friday) will will be another academic session opened by a keynote from Prof. Yi Tang of UCLA, Prof. Josh Mylne of Curtin, Prof. Wen-Chao Yang of Central China Normal University and Dr Eva Israel of University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. In the afternoon we roll into an industry session starting with Dr Hudson Takano from Corteva (Indianapolis, USA), Daniel Passon and Sabine Kahlau from targenomix in Germany, Prof. Steve Powles in his capacity as a board member on multiple herbicide discovery startups and Dr Grant Barry, a chemical patent lawyer from Davies Collison Cave. We 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 #HDD2023.

  • Day One
  • Wed 18 Jan 2023
  • 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 19 Jan 2023
  • A full day of international and national keynote speakers and an afternoon of ECR/student speakers.
  • International Keynote
  • National Keynotes
  • Student-ECR Session
  • Posters, Mixer, BBQ 5.15pm
  • Program PDF

  • Day Three
  • Fri 20 Jan 2023
  • Two keynotes before national invited speakers and an afternoon of industry talks before a sundowner from 5pm.
  • International & National Keynotes
  • National Invited Lectures
  • Industry Session & Sundowner
  • Program PDF

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