IPMB is a triennial meeting and this is the 13th International Congress on Plant Molecular Biology.

Join what will be over 1,000 of the world's best scientsts who will discuss the cutting-edge research being done to understand plant growth and development. Connect now on on Plantae

The meeting will be held in late October in Cairns. At this time of the year in the Southern Hemisphere, the season is spring. The climate in Cairns is subtropical and during October the average temperature is 25oC/77oF, with an average maximum 28oC/82oF and an average minimum of 21oC/70oF. October is one of the driest months for Cairns and the sea temperature is a delightful 26oC/79oF so don't forget your togs-cozzie-bathers-swimmers!

Cairns is a city of 150,000 in the far North of the Australian State of Queensland, Cairns is often referred to as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef - one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Cairns & The Great Barrier Reef welcomes over 2.4 million visitors each year and as such, is serviced by up to 140 weekly return flights. Cairns has over 7,000 hotel rooms and everything is walking distance from the Convention Centre.

Our 'engine room' of organisers consists of an energetic crew of mostly recently tenured or tenure-track scientists. Our bid had support from 50 of Australia's leading plant scientists from univeristies and CSIRO - and we will expand this support base by 2021. The Congress will be supported by an experienced team from ASPB in the USA and steered by a group of IPMB Board members from across the globe plus some locals.

Super science, stunning scenery

In the next few decades the world expects 2 billion more mouths to feed while our climate changes, so understanding how plant growth, development and crop yield respond to the environment has never been more important. This Congress will bring together over a thousand plant biologists from around the world who are making the latest discoveries on how genes, proteins, metabolism and physiology influence plant growth.

Great Barrier Reef

Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s most important natural assets. Enjoy snorkeling, diving, fishing and boating or visit one of the many palm fringed tropical islands.

Cairns has it all!

Cairns offers wonderful culinary experiences, high-end designer shopping, markets, is the adventure capital of Tropical North Queensland and has a vibrant nightlife.

The Oldest Rainforest on Earth

The Wet Tropics World Heritage area surrounding Cairns contains Australia’s greatest diversity of animals and plants.

Cultural Experiences

Enjoy outstanding aboriginal cultural experiences. The Australian Aborigines have been living in harmony with nature for 40,000 years and the Torres Strait Islanders first inhabited the region more than 2,000 years ago.