Conference & Awards 2020

Conference and Awards 2020: Horticulture In A Changing World

When: Friday 30 October 2020 
Where: The Ivy Sunroom, George Street, Sydney and Live Stream Online

Schedule of Events:

  • Horticulture In A Changing World Conference 10.30am – 3.30pm
  • AIH Annual General Meeting – 4.00pm – 4.30pm
  • Annual Awards Ceremony – 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Ticket Prices:

  • Conference Delegate Full: $495 
  • Conference AIH AILA AIA and THA Members: $385
  • Conference Student: $165
  • Conference Live Stream: $55
  • Awards at the Ivy Sunroom: $99
  • Awards Live Stream: $22

Please ensure you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions of booking for this conference.

Conference and Awards

The last twelve months have seen more extremes than most of us have ever lived through. We’ve had multiple years of drought, the most intense bushfires in our recent history, then flooding rains and now a global pandemic. The continuing changes wrought by global climatic change are only set to intensify.  

At the same time, Australians have embraced green spaces and horticulture with a passion during the recent lockdowns and restrictions. When the world goes bad, we turn to our gardens and landscapes for solace and healing. 

Horticulture In A Changing World is a unique conference and awards event that recognises the power of horticulture in this tumultuous time we find ourselves. You’re invited to join us either in-person at Sydney’s iconic venue The Ivy in the Sydney CBD, or you can join us from afar via our live streamed options. 

We’re taking safety very seriously at this event and as such, our capacity is somewhat reduced from normal numbers. So we recommend you make your bookings quickly to reserve your space. We have great speakers, amazing topics and an absolutely sensational venue. Come and join us! 

An Invitation To You From Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH


Our speakers offer a diverse range of thought-provoking perspectives across the horticultural industry and will inspire you to think further about the emerging opportunities for horticultural practice.

Conference Opening Speech: Matt Kean MP Minister for Energy and Environment, Member for Hornsby

In 2011, Matt became the youngest member of the NSW Legislative Assembly when he was elected Member for Hornsby. Within a year, he was elected to chair the NSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the Office of the Valuer General. Under his stewardship, the committee recommended radical changes to the system of land valuation in NSW to make it fairer for home owners.

On January 30, 2017 Matt was elevated to the NSW Cabinet as the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation. 

As a keen promoter of innovative technology and its power to improve the economy, Matt is committed to highlighting the ways innovative technology and thinking can improve quality of life, as well as the NSW economy.

Costa Georgiadis MAIH RH

Master Of Ceremonies

Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect who gardens with his hands and his heart and in 2019 won the Australian Logies award for the Most Popular Presenter. Costa has an all-consuming passion for plants and people – he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together.

Julian Cribb

Futurist and Australian of the Year Honour Roll

Julian Cribb is a distinguished science writer with more than thirty awards for journalism. He was a newspaper editor, founder of the influential ScienceAlert website and author of eight books, including The Coming Famine.

Dr Tim Nevard

Dr Tim Nevard

Director at Atherton Tablelands Foundation

Tim has committed his working life to sustainable business and nature conservation, for which he was awarded the Order of Australia and Prime Minister’s Centenary of Federation Medals.

Dr Fraser Torpy

Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, UTS

Dr Torpy’s expertise extends across many fields, including air quality, horticultural biotechnology, indoor environmental quality, atmospheric microbiology, experimental design and data analysis, microbial ecology and biochemistry. His primary research focus is the bioremediation of air pollution through both plant and microbially-mediated processes.

David Tetstall MAIH

Head Gardener, Merivale

Head gardener at Merivale Group, Tetstall manages a team of four gardeners that installs, waters, tends to, repairs and whispers kind encouragement to the greenery that fills the majority of Merivale’s stable of 50 restaurants, bars and event spaces.

Linda Romanovska

Policy Expert on Adaptation to Climate Change

Climate change policies, adaptation planning and implementation, vulnerability assessments, resilience building, urban resilience, sustainable finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation, critical infrastructure, socially just adaptation, social capital, sustainability, social responsibility, scientific knowledge-base, systematic reviews, co-creation, science communication. 


The 2020 Conference and Awards event offers access by either in-person attendance at The Ivy (limited spaces) or by access to the livestream sessions throughout the day.

When booking, please make sure you book for the right sessions that you wish to attend.

Please ensure you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions of booking for this conference.

The Ivy Sunroom

You can join us in person at the Ivy Sunroom. Enjoy the Conference and Awards, see it all and enjoy the fantastic food and company.

Online Live Stream

Enjoy highlights of the Conference and Awards in your own living room by live stream online.

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Terms And Conditions

The current situation around COVID-19 has meant a significant level of uncertainty for all event organisers. Please ensure you understand the terms and conditions around bookings for the AIH Conference and Awards 2020.

Hygiene and Personal Protection Policy

Our conference and wards event has been specially structured to allow for proper physical distancing with much-reduced event capacities at The Ivy compared to normal times.

The Conference Management Committee and The Ivy have taken great care in spacing out the arrangement of the rooms and providing for proper personal protection. Guests should bring their own personal protective equipment where possible.

The AIH and The Ivy cannot take any responsibility or liability for the health of guests attending the conference and wards event and encourages all guests to maintain vigilance around hygiene, physical distancing and handwashing.

Cancellations and Refunds

State and Federal policies around health and hygiene are subject to change. The Conference Management Committee and The Ivy are monitoring the ongoing situation around COVID-19. Any decision to cancel or otherwise amend the conference significantly to comply with federal or state health requirements will be made by 31 August 2020.

If the event is cancelled a 95% refund will be provided to all bookings.

Your health, safety, wellbeing and enjoyment is our primary concern at all times and we ask that you adhere to regulations and requirements around personal protection, physical distancing and hygiene in this unusual time.

If you cancel your bookings the following schedule applies:

– 95% refund prior 31 August 2020
– 80% refund between 1 September and 30 September 2020
– No refunds are possible after 1 October 2020