Invitation

You are invited to participate in the 2016 International Nitrogen Conference. This meeting is organized as part of the International Nitrogen Initiative by the Victorian Government (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources), and The University of Melbourne (Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences). It will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground located walking distance from a wide range of accommodation within the CBD of Melbourne.

The theme of the 2016 conference is ”Solutions to improve nitrogen us efficiency for the world”.

This theme responds to the grand challenge set in “Our Nutrient World” to reduce nutrient losses and improved nutrient use efficiency across all sectors, to develop a Green Economy that can produce more food and energy while reducing environmental pollution.

This meeting will have a strong focus on community and industry engagement around nitrogen management, including a high profile public forum discussion at a community forum in the Melbourne CBD.

Support of the Conference and Exhibition will provide your organisation with a number of key benefits:

  • Exposure to a qualified, relevant and influential audience before, during and after the event.
  • Networking opportunities during the Conference to promote an informed dialogue on the issues facing the sustainable use of nitrogen into the next century.
  • Your organisation will be recognised as contributing to the addressing of the economic, environmental and social issues concerning N management now and in the future.
  • Supporters of the Conference will consolidate existing industry relationships and develop new ones.

Over 400 local and international delegates are expected, including researchers, analysts, educationists, advisors, extension agents, land managers and policy makers. Government, non-government and private sectors will be well represented.

Conference Preliminary Program

  • Sunday 04 December
    Welcome Reception, Exhibition Opens
  • Monday 05 December
    Opening ceremony, Plenary sessions, Contributed papers, Poster exhibition, Conference Dinner.
  • Tuesday 06 December
    Field Tours.
  • Wednesday 07 December
    Plenary sessions, Contributed papers, Poster exhibition, Community Forum.
  • Thursday 08 December
    Plenary sessions, Contributed papers, Poster exhibition, Closing ceremony.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are outlined below.

A PDF version of the sponsorship prospectus is also available.

Hosts

  • Victorian Government
  • University of Melbourne

Organising Committee

Click here to read biographies of the Organising Committee members.

  • Professor Deli Chen
    The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Dr Cameron Gourley
    Victorian State Government, Australia
  • Dr Robert Norton
    International Plant Nutrition Institute, Australia
  • Professor Richard Eckard
    Primary Industries Climate Challenge Centre, Australia
  • Dr John Angus
    Farmer and CSIRO, Australia

Local Advisory Committee

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  • Dr Chris Anderson
    CSIRO Publications, Australia
  • Professor Richard Bell
    Murdoch University, Australia
  • Dr Michael Crawford
    Victorian State Government, Australia
  • Mr Nick Drew
    Fertilizer Australia, Australia
  • Dr Robert Edis
    Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, Australia
  • Professor Peter  Grace
    Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Professor Mike Hedley
    Massey University, New Zealand
  • Dr Phillip Mladenov
    New Zealand Fertilizer Association, New Zealand
  • Dr Mark Peoples
    CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia
  • Mr James Whiteside
    Incitec Pivot Fertilizers, Australia

International Advisory Committee

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  • Professor Tapan Adhya
    Central Rice Research Institute, India
  • Dr Cecile de Klein
    AgResearch, New Zealand
  • Professor James Galloway
    University of VirginiaUnited States of America
  • Dr Patrick Heffer
    International Fertilizer Industry, France
  • Dr Kevin Hicks
    Stockholm Environment Institute, United Kingdom
  • Dr Cargele Masso
    International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kenya

Sponsorship Packages


The following Sponsorship Packages are available to purchase. Sponsorship packages are not exclusive. All figures in this proposal are in Australian Dollars and include Australian GST.

Conference Partner $55,000

Becoming a Conference Partner gives your organization the opportunity to develop an ongoing relationship with the Conference delegates and the International Science community. The package is designed to give organizations a strong presence at the Conference and continue the relationship between conferences. Conference Partners will receive recognition and exposure through the conference website and throughout the conference.

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as a Conference Partner during the opening and closing sessions and in all pre- and during- Conference printed material
  • Opportunity for a 2 minute introduction to a selected conference session
  • Four banners displayed  during the Conference: two in the plenary room and two in the exhibition area (supplied by the sponsor)
  • PDF advertisement in the Conference App
  • Four complimentary registrations including social functions
  • Two Exhibition booths in a preferred position (subject to the date of booking)
  • Logo displayed on the conference website until the conclusion of the Conference, hyperlinked to the sponsors website.
  • 200-word company profile on the Conference website
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the sponsor’s slide
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • A hyperlink from the Conference Website
  • PDF advertisement in the Conference App

Gold Sponsor $33,000

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as a Gold Sponsor
  • One banner displayed in the Conference foyer (supplied by the sponsor)
  • Two complimentary registrations including social functions
  • One Exhibition booth in a preferred position (subject to the date of booking)
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the sponsors slide
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • A hyperlink from the Conference website
  • PDF advertisement  in the Conference App

Silver Sponsor $16,500

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as a Silver Sponsor
  • One complimentary registration including social functions
  • One Exhibition booth in a preferred position (subject to the date of booking)
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the sponsor’s slide
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • A hyperlink from the Conference website
  • PDF advertisement in the Conference App

Bronze Sponsor $7,700

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as a Bronze Sponsor
  • One complimentary registration including social functions
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the sponsor’s slide
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • A hyperlink from the Conference website

Name Badges $4,400

Each delegate will be issued a name badge printed with your logo. Your logo will be visible on every delegate at the Conference and be seen whenever a delegate looks at a name badge.

Inclusions

  • Company  logo printed on the name badges
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website.

Limited to one sponsor

International Scholarship Support

Conference Proceedings

Field Trip Sponsor

Conference Dinner Sponsor $11,000

The Conference Dinner is always the highlight of the Conference. Sponsoring the Dinner is a fantastic opportunity to promote your brand in a fun and relaxed environment. A key feature of your sponsorship will be the opportunity to address delegates at the dinner.

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as the Conference Dinner sponsor
  • Opportunity for company representative to briefly address guests (5 minutes)
  • Prominent signage during the Conference Dinner(supplied by the sponsor)
  • Four complimentary tickets to the Conference Dinner
  • Opportunity for one promotional item to be placed at each table setting  (supplied by the sponsor)
  • Logo projected during Dinner (slide supplied by the sponsor)
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • Logo included with the dinner description in printed material and on the website.

Exhibition sites  $5,500

The Exhibition will run for the duration of the Conference

Morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch will be served in the Exhibition area. Service points will be strategically placed to ensure delegates are spread throughout the entire area as much as possible.

Each exhibition site includes:

  • Area measuring  3-metres wide x 2-metres deep
  • Booth structure with side walls and back wall
  • Header  board with your company name
  • Trestle  table with table cloth and two chairs
  • Lighting  and power
  • Your organisation listed on the Conference website
  • Your organisation listed in the Conference App
  • Two registrations including the Welcome Reception
    (more exhibitors can be registered for an additional  fee)

Conference App Sponsor $5,500

Inclusions

  • Acknowledged as the “The 2016 International Nitrogen Conference App Sponsor”
  • A banner graphic within the app
  • A sponsors page within the app
  • Your logo will appear on the main screen
  • Your page can include a banner graphic, general information, contact details, two links to PDFs and a link to your web site
  • A sponsored survey with up to six questions
  • Logo displayed on the web site
  • Logo printed in the pocket program
  • Logo displayed on the sponsor’s slide
  • Logo displayed in the app notification email sent to delegates
  • Logo displayed in the app notification box on the web site

Welcome Reception Sponsor $5,500

This event is always a highlight for delegates. It is the first opportunity for delegates to connect at the Conference. Your logo will be featured with the function description in all printed material and on the website. This is one of only two opportunities to address delegates at the Conference.

Inclusions

  • Acknowledgement as the Welcome Reception sponsor
  • Opportunity for company representative to briefly address guests (5 minutes)
  • Prominent  signage during the Welcome Reception (supplied by the sponsor)
  • Four complimentary tickets to the Welcome Reception
  • Opportunity to distribute promotional items at the Welcome Reception (supplied by the sponsor)
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program
  • Logo displayed on the Conference website
  • Logo included with the Welcome Reception description in printed material and on the website.

Conference Website $3,300

The Conference website is the main information source for delegates in the lead-up to the Conference. Regular updates and extensive program and speaker information will ensure delegates will be visiting regularly – seeing your logo each time.

Inclusions

  • Hyperlinked  logo displayed on each page of website
  • Logo printed in the Pocket Program

Terms and Conditions for Sponsors and Exhibitors

Bookings & Payments

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions
Conference Design Pty Ltd, members of the Organising Committee and the Host Organisation are collectively referred to as The Organisers.

The Organisation listed on the sponsorship and exhibition application will be referred to as your Organisation or collectively as sponsors and exhibitors.

By returning a Sponsorship and Exhibition Booking Form you are accepting these terms and conditions.

Acceptance of Applications
Conference Design will issue a Tax Invoice once a Sponsorship and Exhibition application has been accepted.

Any advertising is not an offer capable of acceptance. The Organisers reserve the right to decline any sponsorship and exhibition application.

GST and AUD
All costs are inclusive of GST and listed in Australian Dollars.

Payments
Payment is required within 14 days of us issuing your Tax Invoice to confirm your application.

Sponsorship and exhibition entitlements, including the allocation of exhibition space, do not commence until payment has been received.

Cancellation of Sponsorship and Exhibition Bookings
Once a sponsorship and exhibition application has been accepted all payments are non-refundable. If you are no longer able to attend the conference please contact Conference Design to discuss your participation.

Cancellation or Postponement of the Conference
The Organisers do not accept any liability for losses incurred if the conference is cancelled or postponed due to an event that renders proceedings with the meeting inadvisable, illegal, impracticable or impossible.

If the conference is cancelled or postponed refunds will not be issued but available funds will be credited towards the rescheduled conference.

An unforeseen event could include, but is not limited to, an infectious disease outbreak; industrial disruptions; service provider failures; governmental restrictions or regulations; war or apparent act of war; terrorism or apparent act of terrorism; disaster; civil disorder, disturbance, and/or riots; curtailment, suspension or restriction on transportation; or any other emergency.

General Information

Disclaimer and Changes
Every effort has been made to present all the information accurately, however no liability is accepted for any inaccuracy and the Organisers reserve the right to change any published information.

The Organisers reserve the right to amend, update or delete sponsorship and exhibition packages and the exhibition floor plan.

Exhibition Floor Plan
The exhibition floor plan is subject to change without notice. The floor plan is not to an exact scale, but accurately represents the position and sizes of exhibition spaces.

Correspondence
When booking please appoint a single point of contact within your Organisation. All bookings will be recorded under the one name and all correspondence will be sent to this person.

Allocation of Exhibition Spaces
Conference Design will allocate exhibition spaces after taking into account each organisation’s sponsorship, the date of application, preferences, proximity to competitors and any other matters deemed relevant.

Insurance
All sponsors and exhibitors must have adequate insurance for the period of the conference, including public and products liability cover and professional indemnity insurance. We may request a certificate of currency.

Indemnity
Your Organisation shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers for any loss, damage to property or injury to persons suffered as a result of your participation in the conference, except where the Organisers are found to be negligent.

Supply of Goods and Services
The supply of any goods, services, samples or advice is entirely at your Organisation’s own risk.

During the Conference

Bump-in is Sunday afternoon. Bump-out is following afternoon tea on Thursday. 

Deliveries
Late and missing deliveries are the main concern for sponsors and exhibitors during the conference.

Please use the specified delivery labels and confirm with your courier the consignment has actually been made.

When you arrive on site have the courier name, the consignment numbers and the delivery date available.

Security
No valuable items should be left unattended at your exhibition at any time and especially not overnight. No responsibility is accepted for any loss or damage to equipment and display materials.

Representatives
Anyone from your Organisation attending the conference or guests you wish to invite to the conference must register with Conference Design before the conference. An official name badge will be required to access the meeting and exhibition area.

Custom Stands
All custom stands must fit within the purchased exhibition space. Custom stands must not exceed 4.0 metres high. If you have any questions please email us a floor plan and elevations of your proposed stand.

Delegate List
Due to privacy requirements the delegate list will be supplied on the Conference App at the time of the conference and will include name, organisation and state.

Interactive Exhibitions
Whilst we encourage you to develop entertaining and interactive displays to attract delegates, please be mindful not to disturb other exhibitors or delegates.

Storage
There is limited storage space on site for exhibition equipment or packaging.

Signage at the Venue
The venue doesn’t allow any signage to be fixed to walls or other surfaces. Your signage should be free standing to allow for easy placement and should be contained with your exhibition space.

Dismantling Displays
Due to safety requirements you will not be able to dismantle your display before the published closing time.

Damage to the Venue
Your Organisation shall indemnify the Organisers from all liability for damage to the venue deemed to have been caused by your staff, contractors, agents or guests. The cost of repairs will be the sole responsibility of your Organisation.