Annual Surveillance and Diagnostics Workshop highlights

September 19, 2022

The Annual Surveillance and Diagnostics Workshop (ADSW) is an annual networking event which allows diagnosticians and surveillance practitioners to come together and share knowledge and learnings. The last face-to-face ADSW was held in March 2020.

This year’s Annual Diagnostics and Surveillance Workshop (ADSW) was held from 30 August to 1 September at AgriBio at La Trobe University in Melbourne. The theme of the hybrid workshop was “Surveillance and Diagnostics – integrated to inspire and innovate” and the program had three subthemes:

Subtheme 1:  Integration and innovation: cases and opportunities for bringing elements of the biosecurity system together

Subtheme 2:  Inspiration and discovery of the new

Subtheme 3:  National surveillance program updates

The workshop was facilitated by Plant Health Australia (PHA) and funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) as a part of the ‘National Plant Biosecurity Diagnostics and Surveillance Professional Development and Protocols’ projects.

Some of the highlights include:

  • 45 abstracts received
  • 132 participants in person
  • 69 participants (virtual)
  • 7 workshops (training and additional meetings)
  • 9 sessions
  • 9 guest speakers
  • 4 panel discussions
  • diagnostic and surveillance residential updates
  • first ever student session
  • trade show (latest technologies on display)
  • networking social event.

“The ADSW was a successful event with initial feedback indicating that more joint diagnostics and surveillance workshops should be held,” said Dr Lucy Tran-Nguyen, PHA National Manager, Diagnostics.

“We are planning to include a field trip, panel discussions and training in future workshops,” she said.

An ADSW report will be completed in the near future and uploaded to: NPBDN website and the Plant Surveillance Network website.