Program

Conference program

TropAg2017 Program

TropAg2017 Oral Book of Abstracts

 

TropAg2017 Poster Program

TropAg2017 Poster Book of Abstracts

Social program

AIFST End-Of-Year Networking Function

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) has decided to hold its annual end-of-year networking function in conjunction with TropAg2017.

AIFST is the national voice and network for Australia’s food industry professionals and represents thousands of food industry professionals working in all facets of the food industry including food science, food technology, engineering, sensory, new product development, innovation, regulatory, QA, nutrition, microbiology and food safety, as well as those in leadership positions within the academic, industry and private sectors.

AIFST members and TropAg2017 delegates are invited to the QLD end-of-year Networking Function.

It is an ideal opportunity to catch up, or get to know colleagues from across the food sector. International delegates are especially encouraged to join the event and make global connections.

AIFST is offering members prices to TropAg2017 delegates, simply use the code QLDXMAS17.

Attendees are invited to continue on to the Food Evolution screening (separate registration is essential).

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017
Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
Venue: The Charming Squire, 3/133 Grey St, South Brisbane (located across the road from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Cost: $65
TropAg2017 delegates receive members prices (Promo code: QLDXMAS17 )
Register here
Dress: Smart casual

 

RAID Early and Mid-Career Researcher Speed Networking Event

This premier networking opportunity is presented by the University of the Sunshine Coast to bring together a diverse mix of early and mid-career researchers to give them the chance to ask questions and get to know senior professionals in agricultural research and international development.

The event will include a series of short presentations from a selection of TropAg2017 conference delegates, a speed meet networking session, and an informal networking session with drinks and canapés.

Speakers:
• Judith Kimiywe, Senior Research Fellow, Kenyatta University
• Peter Horne, Country Program Manager, The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
• Erin Wilkus, Research Officer, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
• Jack Koci, PhD Candidate, Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID)

This event has been organised by the RAID Network and QAAFI. For enquiries, please contact Hannah Hardy, h.hardy@uq.edu.au.

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017
Time: 5.45 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: The Charming Squire, 3/133 Grey St, South Brisbane (located across the road from the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre)
Cost: Free
Register here
Dress: Smart casual

 

Food Evolution movie screening

The Food Evolution movie explores the complexity of cultural attitudes to GMOs and food, and investigates how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.

Join one of the stars of the film, Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a science communicator and an animal genomics and biotechnology specialist, together with Professor Robert Henry, a plant geneticist and Professor of Innovation from the University of Queensland and Dr Craig Cormick, Science communicator and author – for a new perspective on the GMO debate.

Facilitated by:
• Lee Hickey, Senior Research Fellow, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) at the University of Queensland

Date: Sunday 19 November 2017
Time: 6.15 pm – 8.30 pm
Venue: Plaza Auditorium, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Free
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Dress: Casual

 

Welcome reception

To kick off your TropAg2017 experience enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks and cocktail food at the welcome reception. The reception will be held in the trade exhibition area providing you with the opportunity to network with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors.

Date: Monday 20 November 2017
Time: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Venue: Plaza Auditorium foyer, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: Included for all registered conference participants
Guest tickets A$50
Dress: Casual

 

Rural Press Club Breakfast: Regulation and Market Access of Gene-Edited and GMO Food and Products

While the first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos using the CRISPR gene editing technology recently attracted world-wide publicity, the technology is well established in agriculture.

What work is being done with gene editing in Australian agriculture and what is the market status and global regulatory environment for gene-edited livestock and crops? How does gene editing differ from GMOs, and what do consumers think?

Speakers:
• Kevin Diehl, Dupont Pioneer
• Professor Robert Henry, QAAFI
• Stuart Armitage, Queensland Farmers Federation

Facilitated by: Neil Lyon, Grain Central

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 6.45 am for 7.00 am start
Cost: Cost: Members $60 per person or $560 for a table of ten
Non-Members $70 per person or $660 for a table of ten
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Conference dinner

The TropAg2017 conference dinner will feature a three course meal that showcases Queensland’s finest and freshest produce, accompanied by Australian wine and other beverages. Entertainment will accompany the evening and provide another opportunity to network with fellow delegates and conference exhibitors.

Date: Tuesday 21 November 2017
Time: 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Venue: Boulevard Room, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Cost: A$125 per ticket
Dress: Cocktail

 

Gender and Food Breakfast

Reflecting on the role of women as both food producers and providers, this breakfast seminar hosted by the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation QAAFI will explore the gender dimensions of agriculture and food production.

Our speakers will offer perspectives from research, business and the land, and how women can continue to impact agriculture globally.

Speakers:
• Sheriden Morris, Chair, CRC for Developing Northern Australia
• Robyn Alders AO, Principal Research Fellow, The University of Sydney

A panel discussion will follow, facilitated by Barbara George-Jaeggli, Research Fellow from QAAFI, at The University of Queensland.

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Time: 6.45 am – 8.15 am
Venue: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: A$45 per ticket
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Dress: Casual

 

Global Leadership Series: Food facts, fads and fallacies

With recent advances in our understanding of how the gut microbiome and the nutrients in our food influence our body’s immune functioning and physical and mental health, there has been an explosion of interest diets. What can we learn from the diets of our ancestors? What is the role of cereal grains in the modern diet? How is research in gut science helping us to rethink nutrition?

Join UQ and international experts for an engaging discussion on food facts, fads and fallacies, including topics such as the value of probiotics and prebiotics, ancient grains, the diets of our ancestors and the global spread of the popular Mediterranean diet.

Speakers:
• Lluis Serra-Majem, President of the International Foundation of the Mediterranean Diet and Professor of Preventative Medicine & Public Health, Unviersity of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
• Judith Kimiywe, CNS Chairperson, Department of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics, Kenyatta University, Kenya
• Robert Henry, Director, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI)
• Mike Gidley, Director, QAAFI Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences

Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Venue: Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane
Cost: A$25 per ticket SOLD OUT
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Dress: Business attire