IX International Postharvest Symposium

The organisation team of the Postharvest 2024 symposium has a goal of “shaking things up” with a strong emphasis on new researchers and students. As an example, we will be promoting postgraduate students using quick-fire poster presentations, workshops on publishing, and active mentoring. We will be making available a symposium App that will assist attendees in creating and maintaining new interactions and relationships. Interactive workshops, social events and field trips that will include a visit to Plant & Food Research's Te Puke Research Centre, and a tour of Hobbiton and dinner at the famed Hobbiton Green Dragon pub.

In terms of science scope, the symposium will be devoted exclusively to biological and technological postharvest research of fresh horticultural produce. This includes postharvest storage, treatments and underpinning mechanisms, quality evaluation, packaging, handling and distribution of fruit, vegetables and flowers, but excluding grains, nuts and forages. 

Abstracts on processing of such crops beyond refrigeration, packaging and minimal processing will not be considered. Presentations reporting novel insights from fundamental and interdisciplinary research will be particularly encouraged. These disciplines include systems biology, bioinformatics, Multi-omics, entomology, plant physiology, plant pathology, (bio)chemistry, engineering, food safety, sensory science, sustainability, International Development, modelling, and technologies for nondestructive testing.  The symposium is particularly keen to encourage new and emerging researchers, with a hope that we’ll be able to offer all attendees an opportunity to speak about their research.

Provisional outline — subject to change 

  • Monday 11th November: Registration opens (pm)/ Welcome reception.
  • Tuesday 12th November: Full day of talks.
  • Wednesday 13th November: Half day of talks with field trip and symposium dinner.
  • Thursday 14th November: Talks and workshops.
  • Friday 15th November: Full day of talks. 3.30pm finish.


11-15 November 2024
Rotorua Events Centre, New Zealand

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