In addition to the International Oat Conference Program, affiliated organisations are offering workshops for attendees. When registering for Oat 2020, attendees can “Register Interest” in attending an additional workshop. Workshop hosts will contact interested attendees with more information.

Current workshops on offer outside of the Program as follows:

Friday, 16th - Workshop 1: International oat end products (Perth)

Opportunities for new and traditional oat foods in eastern and western diets

This one day workshop will explore and share understanding of new and traditional oat foods and the role of innovation in placing appealing, culturally orientated oat choices in front of the world’s growing health-conscious consumers.

Convenor – Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC)

Friday, 16th - Workshop 2: Oat breeding (Perth)

Oat breeding – genomics and bioinformatics workshop

This one day workshop will share knowledge and update progress in international oat genomics and bioinformatics; the application of available resources in oat genetic improvement. It will aim to identify research gaps including prospects for oat pan-genomics.

Convenor РSouth Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Рinternational co­-convenor to be advised

Friday, 16th - Workshop 3: Oat crown rust (Perth)

Oat crown rust – approaches for durable resistance breeding

This one day workshop will share knowledge and understanding in development of multi-pathotype durable resistance to oat crown rust; including relevant germplasm sources, field, glasshouse and marker assisted selection systems for application in oat breeding. The meeting will consider the establishment of an international durable OCR nursery as a means of sharing and exchanging germplasm.

Convenor – Australian Cereal Rust Program, University of Sydney

Monday, 19th - Workshop 4: Innovations in applied breeding systems (Adelaide)

Innovations in applied breeding systems

This workshop will offer a program to explore and share innovations in applied breeding technologies, methodologies and approaches for large scale breeding programs, such as phenomics, breeding methodologies, automation, data capture, design and analysis. This workshop will share insights with representatives of Australia’s leading cereal breeding programs, including Australian Grain Technologies Pty Ltd and the National Oat Breeding Program.

The program will incorporate a visit to the operational hub of Australian oat breeding including a visit to a primary breeding site, crop breeding facilities, and the Australian Plant Phenomics Plant Accelerator.

Convenor – South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)

Tuesday, 20th - Workshop 5: Oat beta-glucan (Adelaide)

Oat beta-glucan – enhanced health opportunities

The workshop program will explore and share innovations in beta-glucan science, methodologies and approaches for application in oat improvement and human nutrition. This workshop is intended for specialists across a range of disciplines with a common interest in oat (or related) beta-glucan. Participants will share insights with broad representation invited from genetic resources and b-g phenomics through novel transcript profiling and gene discovery, to diet and food science.

Conveners – Department of Plant Science, University of Adelaide – international co-convenor to be advised

Monday, 19th and Tuesday 20th - Workshop 6: International oat rust workers' meeting (Camden, Sydney)

International oat rust workers’ meeting

Do you know something about oat rusts? This specialist workshop will focus on oat crown and stem rust pathogens and host genetics and genomics with a view to shared understanding and consolidating progress with these challenging and traditionally intractable oat pathogens. The meeting will be hosted at the Cobbitty facilities of the Australian Cereal Rust Control program with access to rust laboratories, controlled environment facilities and field nurseries. Participants will be advised and assisted to take relevant biosecurity precautions prior to arrival and on departure from the workshop.

Co-convenors – Professor Robert Park, University of Sydney; Dr Yue Jin, University of Minnesota; Dr Edyta Paczos-Grz da, University of Life Sciences Lublin; Dr Curt McCartney, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Winnipeg; Dr Kathy Klos, USDA ARS Idaho.