2016 is proving to be the year to get pulses racing.  Below are some of the activities that are celebrating pulses in Australia, right through from production to consumption.

Please use the below online form to let the Australian 2016 International Year of Pulses (IYP) National Committee know of an activity or event you have held this year, or of your plans to hold an activity or event, that relates to pulses in Australia.

If you would like any further information or resources about IYP, have any questions or would like to send photos or other information about your activity/event please contact IYP Project Coordinator, Rebecca Freeman, at

And don’t forget to use the #LovePulses #IYP2016 and #AusIYP16 hashtags in your social media postings so we can share the love across Australia and beyond!

Australian IYP Activity/Event Form:


JULY 2016

Australian Grains Industry Conference

The Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC) has established itself as the must attend event for senior executives, traders and others interested in the Australian grains industry.  This year AGIC will again be held in Melbourne from 25 – 27 July 2016.

An IYP Pulse Session will be held on Wednesday 27 July 2016, with the theme “International Year of Pulses uniting the value chain beyond 2016″.  



Australian Pulse Conference 2016

The Australian Pulse Conference (APC) will be held in Tamworth NSW, from 12 to 14 September 2016, to coincide with the International Year of Pulses (IYP).   The success of the inaugural PBA Pulse Conference held in 2013, which was attended by almost 200 delegates, inspired the pulse research community to ensure that the next national conference continues to promote the value of research and development within the pulse value chain, hence the formation of the Australian Pulse Conference (APC).

Hart Field Day 2016

In 2016 Hart Field Site Group are embracing the International Year of Pulses by incorporating a pulse focus on their Main Field Day events.  Expect to see the latest research into pulse production and be treated to some delicious pulse based presentations and food on the day.  More information coming soon.



Australian On the Pulse Symposium

During Tasting Australia IYP will host a 1-day symposium focusing on the research and innovation currently occurring in regards to health and nutrition, pulse manufacturing and consumption trends.

This event will attract approximately 100 health professionals with representatives from heath care professionals, food industry, not-for-profit organisations as well as food policy and regulation.

Tasting Australia

Tasting Australia is the South Australian leading culinary festival showcasing the best of local produce and eating and drinking experiences, managed by Events South Australia, a department of the South Australian Tourism Commission. The event is held in Victoria Square, Adelaide from 1 – 8 May 2016.

‘These are my Pulses’ Grower Competition

As we count down to the United Nations sponsored International Year of Pulses in 2016, the Australian National Committee, with the support of Pulse Australia, has launched a grower competition to capture and showcase Australian pulse growers’ stories.

Open from 1 September 2015 to 5pm on 28 February 2016, growers are encouraged to capture the 2015-16 growing season using short videos and photos.

Entries go in the draw for the chance to win the overall prize – a drone valued at $2000, or a $500 gift voucher from a leading camera store for best photo and best video.

Australian IYP Launch Gala Dinner

The Australian IYP Launch Gala Dinner will be held on 28 January 2016, at the Melbourne Museum in Melbourne, Victoria at 6.30pm AEST.

The Gala Dinner will celebrate the United Nations announcement of 2016 as the Year of Pulses and launch the Australian planned IYP program of events during 2016.

This exciting evening will be an opportunity for over 300 people from across the pulse supply chain to come together and experience the world of pulses.

Pulse Feast – Make a Pulse Pledge as your New Years Resolution

As part of the global rolling launch of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, the National Committee is encouraging all Australians to make a Pulse Pledge as part of Pulse Feast on 6 January 2016.

Be a part of a global celebration and join Pulse Feast with your Pulse Pledge!

Australian Signature Dish Recipe Competition and AGIC Conference

To celebrate the Signature Dish Recipe activity, the Australian National Committee launched its open competition to seek input and feedback from the everyday consumer and cooking enthusiast on how they incorporate pulses into their dishes.

After reviewing over 60 amateur recipe submissions from across Australia, the four judges spent a day tasting their top three recipes in each of the three categories: Healthy, Amateur and Signature Dish. Entries were judged on taste, visual appeal, creativity and accessibility for home chefs.

The winner of the National Signature Dish will receive $1000 cash prize and flights and accommodation to Melbourne for the official winner announcement at the 2015 Australian Grains Industry Conference Gala Dinner on 29 July at the Grand Hyatt Hotel.