In at Future Food Systems CRC headquarters, we’re busy organising our inaugural Future of Food Summit, scheduled for Thursday 1 and Friday 2 December 2022 at QUT’s Kelvin Grove and Garden Point, Brisbane campuses.
The Summit will drive discussion on topical issues central to the CRC’s mission: to develop smart, sustainable, resilient food systems that capitalise on our nation’s unique strengths, ensure Australian agrifood products have a competitive edge in key target markets, and shore up food security in coming decades.
Our expanding Summit speaker contingent includes industry, academic and government leaders from across the CRC’s cohort and beyond. Five weeks out, we can confirm:
- Bob Mullins, Board Director for Hort Innovation and Future Food Systems, formerly of Syngenta;
- Dr Erin Rayment, QUT Executive Director of Industry Engagement and Chair of QUT Bluebox; Director of Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia and Science & Technology Australia Superstar of STEM 2019-2020;
- Cheryl Stanilewicz, Director of Austrade‘s Investment, Agribusiness and Food Centre of Excellence;
- Dr Hermione Parsons, CEO of the Australian Logistics Council;
- Derek Willie, Australian and global Indigenous consultant;
- Sam Turner, Chief Executive, Protected Cropping Australia;
- Bruce Hardy, founder-CEO of Canadian indigenous-enterprise champion Myera Group;
- Dr John Ashton, Strategic Research Manager at Sanitarium Health Food Company’s Development and Innovation division;
- Tony Crimmins, CEO of EcoMag Ltd;
- Professor Roman Buckow, Chief Technology Officer of alternative proteins SME All G Foods;
- Dr Alex Soeriyadi, co-founder and CEO of LLEAF Pty Ltd;
- Professor Cordelia Selomulya, Future Food Systems CRC Research & Commercialisation Director, Associate Dean of Research within the UNSW Faculty of Engineering and a professor in its School of Chemical Engineering;
- Distinguished Professor David Tissue, Scientific Research Director for the National Vegetable Protected Cropping Centre on Western Sydney University’s Hawkesbury campus;
- Professor Bert van Wee, transport and logistics expert from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands;
- Professor Sagadevan Mundree, Head of QUT’s School of Biological and Environmental Science and former Director of The Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy (CAB);
- Dr Ruey-Leng Loo, an expert in molecular epidemiology and metabolic phenotyping from the world-leading Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) at Murdoch University;
- Professor Douglas Baker, specialist in land-use and airport planning within the QUT School of Architecture & Built Environment; and
- Dr Chris Lehnert, Chief Investigator at the QUT Centre for Robotics.
Indigenous chef-restaurateur, two-times MasterChef contestant, TV culinary series host and sustainable foods champion Mindy Woods will MC our Gala Dinner on the evening of 1 December at Queensland Museum in Brisbane’s CBD. Ms Woods will also work with the Museum’s executive chef to craft a bespoke Indigenous-flavoured entree for the occasion.
Throughout the Summit, gourmet local caterers FigJam & Co. will provide lunches and morning and afternoon teas featuring native ingredients.
We’ve got more speakers and expert panellists in the pipeline. Stay tuned for further announcements.