Australian Academy of Science National Symposium 2024

 

In 2024, the Australian Academy of Science’s National Symposium will, for the first time, be held in Brisbane.

As part of the World Science Festival, attracting a wide and diverse audience, the National Symposium will explore the very substance of life: food!

We will explore how the food on our plates—whether it’s taco Tuesday or Sunday roast—is changing.

Australia is one of the most food-secure countries in the world and our food exports are a significant part of our economy. But our population is growing, the climate is altering what we can grow and where, and supply chains are being disrupted by global conflicts and pandemics.

How will a carbon-neutral world affect our agricultural export trade, Australian farmers, scientists and consumers? And how do we strike a balance between the production of healthier foods with lower environmental impact, without compromising the profitability of the agriculture and food sectors?

Australian scientists pioneer research on improving and developing new foods. With past successes including gluten-free barley and protein substitutes, Australian scientists are now developing hemp and native plants as viable food sources. With these continuous breakthroughs and developments, what will the food on our plates look like in 2040? Come and sample products made with sustainable crops – can you tell the difference?

This National Symposium will engage and relate to everyday Australians’ experiences while illustrating Australia’s scientific capabilities and how they will shape and meet the future needs of the nation.

Whether you are a student, scientist, policy maker, or simply interested in food, join us at 'Food Futures: Nourishing a Nation'.

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Food futures: Nourishing a nation

Event details

Date: Friday 22 March 2024

Time: 9.30am—5.30pm AEST

Venue: Skyroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grey Street, Brisbane 

Ticket prices (including GST and booking fees):

  • Full day tickets
    • General admission: $65/person
    • Early- or Mid-Career Researcher: $50/person
    • High school or PhD student: $20/person
  • Individual sessions
    • General admission: $25/session
    • Early- or Mid-Career Researcher: $20/session
    • High school or PhD student: $10/session
  • Online livestream (full day only)
    • Workplace: $50
    • Individual: $30
    • School classroom: $15

Online attendees will be able to watch sessions and participate in audience Q&A sessions, but they will miss demonstrations, tastings and interactive experiences during breaks. 

Please note: the event will be recorded, and all registered attendees (online and in-person) will receive access to this recording on Monday 25 March. The event recording will then be made publicly available on the Academy website on Monday 22 April. 

In person registrations close: 9.00am AEDT on Friday 15 March.
Online registrations close: 9.30am AEDT on Friday 22 March. 


Event convenors

  • Professor Christine Beveridge FAA, Director and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, University of Queensland 
  • Professor Stephen Simpson AC FAA FRS, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney  
  • Dr John Kirkegaard FAA, Chief Research Scientist, Farming Systems and Research, CSIRO

Event partners

Bronze Partner

 

Partnership opportunities are still available. Please contact Academy of Science Event Manager Lisa Crocker at events@science.org.au for more information. 


World Science Festival Brisbane 

Each year the World Science Festival Brisbane paints the town red and takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries, and performing arts venues of Brisbane and regional Queensland!

Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the festival in the Asia Pacific—the only global extension of this initiative, attracting more than 1.5 million attendances since launching in 2016.

The festival provides an opportunity for audiences to engage with STEM outside the traditional education sphere.

The Australian Academy of Science is proud to be a program partner of the festival in 2024, and encourages engagement with the Academy’s symposium and the wider festival.

To view the full program of events, visit the World Science Festival website

Contact Information

events@science.org.au

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM March 22, 2024
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In 2024, the Australian Academy of Science’s National Symposium will, for the first time, be held in Brisbane.

As part of the World Science Festival, attracting a wide and diverse audience, the National Symposium will explore the very substance of life: food!

We will explore how the food on our plates—whether it’s taco Tuesday or Sunday roast—is changing.

Australia is one of the most food-secure countries in the world and our food exports are a significant part of our economy. But our population is growing, the climate is altering what we can grow and where, and supply chains are being disrupted by global conflicts and pandemics.

How will a carbon-neutral world affect our agricultural export trade, Australian farmers, scientists and consumers? And how do we strike a balance between the production of healthier foods with lower environmental impact, without compromising the profitability of the agriculture and food sectors?

Australian scientists pioneer research on improving and developing new foods. With past successes including gluten-free barley and protein substitutes, Australian scientists are now developing hemp and native plants as viable food sources. With these continuous breakthroughs and developments, what will the food on our plates look like in 2040? Come and sample products made with sustainable crops – can you tell the difference?

This National Symposium will engage and relate to everyday Australians’ experiences while illustrating Australia’s scientific capabilities and how they will shape and meet the future needs of the nation.

Whether you are a student, scientist, policy maker, or simply interested in food, join us at 'Food Futures: Nourishing a Nation'.


Food futures: Nourishing a nation

Event details

Date: Friday 22 March 2024

Time: 9.30am—5.30pm AEST

Venue: Skyroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grey Street, Brisbane 

Ticket prices (including GST and booking fees):

  • Full day tickets
    • General admission: $65/person
    • Early- or Mid-Career Researcher: $50/person
    • High school or PhD student: $20/person
  • Individual sessions
    • General admission: $25/session
    • Early- or Mid-Career Researcher: $20/session
    • High school or PhD student: $10/session
  • Online livestream (full day only)
    • Workplace: $50
    • Individual: $30
    • School classroom: $15

Online attendees will be able to watch sessions and participate in audience Q&A sessions, but they will miss demonstrations, tastings and interactive experiences during breaks. 

Please note: the event will be recorded, and all registered attendees (online and in-person) will receive access to this recording on Monday 25 March. The event recording will then be made publicly available on the Academy website on Monday 22 April. 

In person registrations close: 9.00am AEDT on Friday 15 March.
Online registrations close: 9.30am AEDT on Friday 22 March. 


Event convenors

  • Professor Christine Beveridge FAA, Director and Chief Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture, University of Queensland 
  • Professor Stephen Simpson AC FAA FRS, Academic Director, Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney  
  • Dr John Kirkegaard FAA, Chief Research Scientist, Farming Systems and Research, CSIRO

Event partners

Bronze Partner

 

Partnership opportunities are still available. Please contact Academy of Science Event Manager Lisa Crocker at events@science.org.au for more information. 


World Science Festival Brisbane 

Each year the World Science Festival Brisbane paints the town red and takes science out of the laboratory and into the streets, parks, museums, galleries, and performing arts venues of Brisbane and regional Queensland!

Queensland Museum Network holds exclusive license to host the festival in the Asia Pacific—the only global extension of this initiative, attracting more than 1.5 million attendances since launching in 2016.

The festival provides an opportunity for audiences to engage with STEM outside the traditional education sphere.

The Australian Academy of Science is proud to be a program partner of the festival in 2024, and encourages engagement with the Academy’s symposium and the wider festival.

To view the full program of events, visit the . 

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Contact Information

events@science.org.au

9:30 AM - 5:30 PM March 22, 2024

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