Future of Food
Summit 2022

Thursday 1 & Friday 2 December 2022 | QUT Kelvin Grove Campus, Brisbane

Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre has set the dates for its annual conference, provisionally titled the Future of Food Summit 2022. The event will take place in person, on site at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus (10 minutes’ drive from Brisbane CBD) with key sessions livestreamed via Zoom to virtual attendees.

The Summit agenda will be designed to provoke discussion around issues of importance to Australia’s agrifood sector, and to explore solutions that make our food production and distribution systems more resilient, sustainable, transparent, efficient and profitable.

Please save the dates 1 & 2 December 2022 in your calendar and stay tuned for more information on speakers, sessions and sponsorships.

Fiona Simson, Future Food Systems, Chair

Fiona Simson is a prominent innovator and influencer in the Australian agrifood sector and brings a wealth of leadership and governance expertise, gained in roles including President of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), Deputy Chair of NRMA, Director of the Australia Made Campaign and a Director of AgStewardship Australia, and Chair to the Future Food Systems CRC Board.

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya, Future Food Systems, Research & Commercialisation Director

Dr Cordelia Selomulya joined UNSW in late 2019 as a Professor (Food & Health) in the School of Chemical Engineering and as Research & Commercialisation Director for the Future Food Systems CRC.

Showcase agenda

12.30-12.35pm: Welcome and introduction

Professor Cordelia Selomulya, UNSW School of Chemical Engineering and CRC Research & Commercialisation Director.

12.35-1.25pm: Program 1

Projects laying the groundwork for future-focused agrifood hubs, and developing smart digital platforms that prove the provenance of premium Australian goods to consumers in lucrative export markets.

  • 12.35-12.40pm: Overview – Prof. Doug Baker (QUT), Program 1 lead.
  • 12.40-12.55pm: General purpose digital infrastructure enabling cross-border trade – Adj. Prof. Warwick Powell (BeefLedger). Read more about BeefLedger here. Read more about the ‘Smart Trade Hubs’ project here.
  • 12.55-1.10pm: Sowing seeds to grow the Coffs Coast food ecosystem – Dr Ozgur Dedehayir (QUT). Read more about the ‘Coffs analytics’ project here.
  • 1.10-1.20pm: Commercialisation of Australian native rice – Prof. Sagadevan G. Mundree (QUT). Read more about the ‘Commercialising native rice’ project here.
  • 1.20-1.25pm: Mapping protected cropping systems in Australia, industry engagement featuring the PCS Survey – Craig Shephard (UNE) & Joel McKechnie (UNE). Read more about the ‘National map of protected cropping systems’ project here.
Distinguished Professor David Tissue in the experimental glasshouse on WSU’s Hawkesbury campus with Greenhouse Facility Coordinator Chelsea Maier. Credit: Sally Tsoutas for Western Sydney University
1.25-2.15pm: Program 2

Projects exploring technological and data-driven solutions for future protected-cropping systems, including customised light-spectra-selective films, advanced IoT sensor set-ups for indoor-cropping operations and cost-effective, scalable modular systems for vertical farms.

  • 1.25-1.30pm: Overview – Distinguished Professor David Tissue (WSU) CRC Research Program 2 lead.
  • 1.30-1.45pm: Luminescent Light Emitting Agricultural Film (LLEAF): The next evolution of protected cropping to increase crop productivity sustainably – Dr Alex Soeriyadi (LLEAF Pty Ltd). Read more about LLEAF here and about the ‘Smart Glass’ project here.
  • 1.45-2pm: Remote sensing technology in protected cropping – Dr Yimeng Feng (UNSW) & Mark Cardamis (UNSW). Read more about the ‘IoT for indoor cropping’ project here.
  • 2-2.15pm: Artificial automation of precision pollination of crops – Dr Chris Cazzonelli (WSU). Read more about the ‘Acoustic pollination’ project here.
Dr Ruey-Leng Loo, a senior research scientist at the Australian National Phenome Centre at Murdoch University, WA.  Credit: Murdoch University
2.15-3pm: Program 3

Projects helping to increase the value-adding capability of Australia’s agrifood sector through innovations in QA and production protocols, formulation for high-value customised goods, verifying functional foods and precision nutrition products, and developing circular-economy-based design solutions for future food factories.

  • 2.15-2.20pm: Overview – Mr Mike Ridout, Research Engagement Manager (Murdoch University).
  • 2.20-2.35pm: Sanitarium development and innovation research projects – Dr John Ashton (Sanitarium). Read more about Sanitarium here. Read more about our Sanitarium projects: ‘Improving plant-based food’ here, ‘New protein production’ here and ‘Art of grain drying’ here.
  • 2.35-2.50pm: Analytical techniques for value-added solutions – Dr Ruey-Leng Loo (Murdoch University/ANPC). Read more about the ANPC here and about the DPIRD/Bruker ‘Metabolic food library’ project here.
  • 2.50-3.05pm: Collaboration in process improvement: Spray-drying of EcoMag magnesium-based products at UNSW – Dr Tam Tran (EcoMag). Read more about EcoMag here and about the EcoMag ‘Nutraceutical Spray Drying’ project here.
3.05-3.10pm: Concluding remarks

Future Food Systems Cooperative Research Centre has set the dates for its annual conference, provisionally titled the Future of Food Summit 2022. The event will take place in person, on site at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus (10 minutes’ drive from Brisbane CBD) with key sessions livestreamed via Zoom to virtual attendees.

The Summit agenda will be designed to provoke discussion around issues of importance to Australia’s agrifood sector, and to explore solutions that make our food production and distribution systems more resilient, sustainable, transparent, efficient and profitable.

Please save the dates 1 & 2 December 2022 in your calendar and stay tuned for more information on speakers, sessions and sponsorships.