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Annual Diagnostics Workshop (ADW) 2024 | EOI and call for abstracts


8:00AM, Mar 18th, 2024


5:00PM, Mar 20th, 2024


The Annual Diagnostics Workshop (ADW) 2024 is the foremost event for plant diagnosticians across the Australia-Pacific region. This hybrid event will be held during the week of 18 March 2024 in the Gold Coast (venue TBC).

Event capacity will be strictly limited and expressions of interest to attend now closes Monday 23 October, 2023. If you wish to attend ADW 2024 either in-person or virtually, it is essential to register via the button below to ensure your place.   


A call for abstracts for ADW 2024 is also open to all NPBDN members. The abstract should be a maximum of 350 words (not including title, authors or organisations), and be submitted by no later than 11.30pm on Monday 23 October, 2023.

The theme of ADW 2024 is “The challenges of unculturables and their vectors”. This theme will cover multiple aspects of diagnosing plant pathogen for which axenic cultivation is difficult, as well as the modes by which they are transmitted and the methods used to detect and identify these pests and pathogens. This includes all work surrounding:

  • Viruses
  • Fastidious and unculturable bacteria (liberibacters, phytoplasmas, Xylella spp., etc.)
  • Obligate fungi (rusts, powdery mildews, etc.) and oomycetes (downy mildews, Phytophthora  spp.)
  • Organisms which vector these pathogens (fungi, nematodes, arthropods)
  • Routes of transmission (grafting, tissue culture, crop management practises)
  • Methods to detect and identify these pests and pathogens (quantitative and end-point PCR, sequencing, HTS, eDNA).

If you intend to submit an abstract, please complete the necessary details via the registration button below, and email your 350-word abstract to

Don’t feel your work is captured in this theme? Please consider submitting an abstract anyway, as it may be relevant to future events.


Activity Date
Call for abstracts open Monday 18 September 2023
EOI to attend ADW 2024 open Monday 18 September 2023
Abstract submissions close Monday 23 October 2023
EOI to attend ADW 2024 close Monday 23 October 2023
Notification of approval of successful abstracts by NIWG Monday 4 December 2023
Registrations and travel applications FOR ADW 2024 open Monday 4 December 2023
Registrations and travel applications close Monday 22 January 2024
ADW 2024 event (Venue to be confirmed) Week commencing 18 March 2024

ADW 2024 is exclusive to NPBDN members. Registrations of interest to attend closes 23 October 2023, so register today.


  • Travel and one night of accommodation will be provided for confirmed participants (NPBDN members only).
  • Staff of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) are not eligible for travel funds through the networks to attend ADW/ASW. However, interested DAFF staff should submit an EOI to secure a place or submit an abstract for the workshop, and consult internal management regarding travel arrangements.

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