About Harlan IV

What is Harlan IV?

The Harlan IV conference will this year be run in conjunction with TropAg, the world’s premier international conference on tropical and subtropical agriculture.

Jack R Harlan

The conference celebrates and builds upon the influential ideas of Jack R (JR) Harlan, a pioneer in the study of the origin of agriculture and crops. JR Harlan was recognised for articulating the importance of the relationship between the activity resulting from human development and the evolution of agricultural biodiversity.

His most famous book, Crops and Man, 1975, remains a reference, inspiring generations of students in plant breeding and the global scientific community dealing with plant genetic resources.

The First Harlan Symposium was held at the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) at Aleppo, Syria, 10-14 May 1997, as a tribute to Jack R. Harlan who was an American botanist and agronomist (1917-1998).

The Second Harlan Symposium was held 10-14 September 2008 at University of California (UC Davis) at Davis, USA.

The third Harlan symposium was held on 03 - 07 Jun 2019 in SupAgro University in Montpellier in France.

Venue and host city



Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

Corner of Merivale & Glenelg Street, South Bank
Queensland, Australia 4101

HarlanIV will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). BCEC is officially ranked among the top three convention centres world-wide by the International Association of Conference Centres.

The Centre is located in a unique urban cultural and entertainment precinct in the heart of Brisbane.

With all its facilities under one roof, BCEC offers a fully integrated range of in-house services. From its award winning catering, world class communications technology including Australia’s first dedicated Speakers’ Presentation Centre, and its own in-house Graphics and Signage Department, BCEC has it all.

The Centre is in a convenient location with easy access to all forms of transport, along with a range of hotels all within walking distance. It is only a five minute walk away from South Bank Parklands where there are very attractively presented gardens, tourist activities, shopping, food outlets, purpose-built sandy beaches and swimming lagoons and museums including Australia’s newest and most celebrated Gallery of Modern Art.

During their visit delegates can take a brief time out from their conference to experience South Bank’s many attractions. Downtown Brisbane is just across the Brisbane River where there is excellent shopping and dining.

The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre is officially rated among the top three convention centres in the world by the Association Internationale des Palais de Congres (AIPC). The Centre has maintained the top three positions during three separate surveys of international meeting professionals.

Host City:

Welcome to Brisbane

Brisbane is a vibrant, friendly, lifestyle city – home to leading scientific research and a thriving industry hub. Located on the east coast in the heart of Australia’s premier tourist region, Brisbane is close to some of the world’s greatest natural attractions. With year-round temperate climate, Brisbane is a dynamic cosmopolitan city with a relaxed, welcoming alfresco lifestyle. Bike paths and riverside walkways make walking and cycling around Brisbane a scenic delight. Alive with lush parks, tropical gardens and with its own inner-city man-made beach at South Bank, inner-city Brisbane offers the perfect refuge for locals and visitors alike.

CBD and South Bank

While in South Bank, you make like to:

  • Visit the Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), located across two adjacent riverside buildings, to discover the history of Queensland art as well as contemporary exhibitions.
  • Relax at Streets Beach – Brisbane’s unique man-made beach and swimming lagoon in the parkland.
  • Learn about Queensland’s natural history at the Queensland Museum.
  • Walk or cycle along the riverside to Kangaroo Point Cliffs Park and take in the view!

Across the river from South Bank is the city centre, and this is accessible for pedestrians over Victoria Bridge. Some popular sites in the city include Brisbane City Hall, Queen Street Mall, Roma Street Parklands, Eagle Street Pier, and the City Botanic Gardens. Learn more about what to see and do in Brisbane at

A popular way to explore Brisbane is via the City Cat services, which operate regularly along a network of 25 riverside terminals. Paper tickets can be purchased on board the City Cat vessel (cash only) and are valid for a two-hour period.

Brisbane is primely positioned between two glorious coastal destinations – The Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Traveling around an hour both north and south of Brisbane will bring you to stunning coastal destinations and famous tourist attractions.

Explore further

The Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast offers the best of both worlds: hinterland and mountains perfect for hiking and stunning shorelines and beaches that belong on a postcard.


Australia Zoo

The Sunshine Coast is also home to the famous Australia Zoo. Home of the Crocodile Hunter, the zoo delivers a unique experience to animal lovers and tourists alike. With 14 wildlife shows every day, Australia Zoo is spread across 100 acres and is home to more than 1000 animals. To see, touch and hear about these amazing animals, book a ticket online today! Click here to see ticket types and prices.

Australia Zoo is located 1 hour 10 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane. Location: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast, famous for its long sandy beaches and diverse entertainment precinct, is located a short 50 minute drive south of Brisbane. Home to stunning hinterland, mountains, vineyards and shorelines, the Gold Coast also offers unique tourist experiences and theme parks.


Warner Bros. Movie World

The only movie theme park in Australia, Warner Bros. Movie World is for those seeking adventure, excitement and most of all: thrill rides. Fun can be had by all with family rides, theme shows and many entertainment acts!


Sea World

The Gold Coast’s most beloved marine park, Sea World, offers a unique experience for guests to connect with marine life in an up-close and personal way. Watch dolphins perform, meet polar bears and penguins and get too close for comfort to a variety of sharks in the Shark Bay! The theme park also includes rides and animal adventures, for those seeking an extra experience.


Wet ‘n’ Wild

The perfect day out in the sun, Wet ‘n’ Wild waterpark offers guests an exhilarating experience with their series of water slides and pools. Perfect for the family, the theme park offers rides for all ages and levels of fun-seeking.


Outback Spectacular

If you’re interested in Australian culture, you won’t want to miss the Australian Outback Spectacular: an Australiana dinner and show package which features Australian animals, songs and food.

To purchase tickets to the above theme parks at discounted prices, please visit