When: Thursday 22 February 2024

Location: Boola Katitjin, Murdoch University


Registration / Coffee / Tea



Prof. Cordelia Selomulya, (Introduction), FFS Research and Commercialisation Director / UNSW (MC)

Prof. Len Collard, Elder-in-Residence, Murdoch University (Welcome to Country) – 10 min

Prof. Peter Eastwood, (Welcome Address), Murdoch University – 5 min

Fiona Simson, FFS Chair (Chair Address) – 10 min

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya, (Program Overview), FFS Research and Commercialisation Director / UNSW (MC) – 5 min


Government Address

Senator the Hon Tim Ayres, Assistant Minister for Trade and Assistant Minister for Manufacturing | Department of Industry, Science and Resources | Australian Government


Key ingredients required for successful business partnerships (Keynote)

The key ingredients required for successful business partnerships and collaborative success stories in WA.

Dr Natasha Teakle, AgriStart


Collaboration and Partnerships (panel)

Three tiers of partnership: Government, industry and academia – and how collaboration can help deliver smart solutions with real-world impact.


Prof. Doug Baker, FFS Program Lead / QUT (Chair) 

Dr Julia Anwar-McHenry, Mt Lindesay

Dr Ozgur Dedehayir, QUT

Nicole McNaughton, Food and Agribusiness Network 

Dr Natasha Teakle, AgriStart


Morning Tea


Sustainability and Food Security in Agriculture (panel discussion)

Australia’s urban and regional farming operations on sustainable practices, performance against Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and combating food security issues.

Dist. Prof. David Tissue, FFS Program Lead / WSU (Chair)

Alan Beattie, Noongar Land Enterprise Group

Wayne Ford, Vertical Patch

Dr Mark McHenry, Mt Lindesay


Global Supply Chains impacts on Bakery in Australia

Seán Masterson, ARYZTA APAC


Value-adding (panel discussion)

Unlocking WA’s economic potential through value-addition.

Prof. Cordelia Selomulya, UNSW (Chair)

Kim Antonio, DPIRD

David Doepel, Murdoch University

Fiona Mann, BLOCK 275

Mei Yong, PlantCo Holdings

Charlotte Rowley, Murdoch University


Lunch / Networking


AI, Automation and Crop Monitoring (keynote talks)

Dist. Prof. David Tissue, WSU – 5 min

Prof. Oula Ghannoum, WSU and Namal Jayasuriya, WSU – 15 min
Machine learning and AI in crop monitoring

Dr Chris Lehnert, QUT – 15 min
Robotics in agriculture and future opportunities

Prof. Zhonghua Chen and Dr Sachin Chavan, WSU – 20 min
Smart films in protected cropping


Space will feed our future (Keynote)

Dr Flávia Fayet-Moore, FOODiQ Global


Afternoon Tea / Break


Emerging protein trends (Keynote)


The Future Menu (panel discussion)

Feeding the future consumer. What types of food can we expect to be on our plates in 2050?

Emma Coath, Rocket Seeder (Chair)

Dr Sally Buck, CSIRO

Dr Graham Gardner, Murdoch University

Prof. Johannes le Coutre, UNSW Sydney

Dr Ruey-Leng Loo, Murdoch University

Miranda Yang, UNSW Sydney


Closing remarks



Program and speakers are subject to change.

FFS = Future Food Systems

CSIRO = Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

DPIRD = Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA)

QUT = Queensland University of Technology

UNSW = University of New South Wales

WSU = Western Sydney University