2016 UQ Sunflower Competition

Registrations open!                   

The University of Queensland’s Sunflower Competition is designed to inspire current science students to become the next generation of plant and agricultural scientists and support teachers to deliver their science curriculum in a plant-based context.

The competition provides an interactive learning opportunity designed to actively contribute to the provision of a science-trained workforce that continues to position Australia at the forefront of agricultural production.
Teachers and students can participate in a number of ways and be eligible to win cash prizes - See competition rules.
They include:
1. Grow sunflowers only at their school as part of their curriculum (for students unable to come to the weigh-in day)
2. Grow sunflowers at their school and enter the “Communicating Science” component of the competition (for students unable to come to the weigh-in day)
3. Grow sunflowers at their school and bring along to the Gatton Campus for the official weigh-in day.

In 2016, the Experiment books will provide you with extra information relating to the existing experiments including contextual information like a) why do this experiment, b) how does it relate to the real world c) what concepts are being covered.  

We are also adding a few simple ‘beginner’ experiments aimed at grades 7-8 and some suggestions on how to make the existing experiments more ‘advanced’, targeting the year 11-12 students. We want to make it easier for teachers to link the experiments to the curricula they’re teaching.



  • Competition opens: 7 November 2015
  • Registrations close: 12th February 2016
  • Planting date: 23rd February 2016
  • Final date for submission of Communicating Science entries: 2 May 2016
  • Weigh-In Day: Tuesday 17th May 2016


UQ Sunflower Competition Team
T:  07 54601 279 
E: science.events@uq.edu.au

Thank you to our Sponsors

The UQ Sunflower Competition, hosted by the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, is proudly sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, The Australian Sunflower Association (ASA), Pacific Seeds, AgForce, AgriFood Skills Australia, Queensland Agriculture Teachers' Association (QATA) and the UQ Gatton Past Students Association (UQGPSA)



Congratulations to Downlands College

More than 250 high school students battled it out to take home the title of Queensland’s top sunflower grower during The University of Queensland’s annual Sunflower Competition, culminating with the Weigh-In Day on Tuesday (19 May).

Back to back winners in 2012 and 2013, Toowoomba Downlands College students were pleased to regain the title by winning both the heaviest and tallest sunflower prizes with a 2.69 metre tall sunflower weighing in at 3.540 kilograms.

Read the full story here