Register for the Auckland pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – 31 May

Register for the Auckland pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – 31 May

The Auckland pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop is designed to bring together the region’s scientific & research community, its industry leaders, agribusiness & agritech companies, farmers & growers, regulators and policy makers to meet and discuss how agrifood tech innovation and on-farm application can help address the existential threat posed by climate change.

The 2035 Oceania Summit would like to acknowledge the significant support provided by our Platinum Partner, BNZ, in assisting host the Auckland pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be available.

You can register your free ticket on Eventbrite here.

The detailed Programme is currently being finalised but presenters will include;

    • Zahra Champion, Executive Director BiotechNZ, to talk about NZ biotech companies working in the agrifood climate space
    • Analeise Murahidy, Director Strategic Growth, Auckland Uniservices, to talk about the current agrifood research and innovation pipeline at the University of Auckland
    • Roger Robson-Williams, Chief Sustainability Officer, Plant & Food Research, to talk about current agrifood research and climate research at Plant & Food Research
    • Simon Yarrow, Agritech ITP lead, Callaghan Innovation & Sarah Hindle, Agritech ITP lead, NZTE, to talk about the Agritech ITP
    • Jon Sandbrook, NZTE Investment Manager, to talk about the 2035 Vision investment platform. (More at www.2035.ag)
    • Maria Jose Alverez, WNT Ventures Investment Manager, to join a panel discussion with Jon on the 2035 Investment Vision platform
    • Mick Liubinskas, Founder of Climate Salad, to join a panel discussion with Jon on the 2035 Investment Vision platform (remotely, from Sydney)
    • Andrew Fisher, Director of EcoGas, to talk about what’s happening to Auckland’s food scraps for the next 20 years
    • Rebekah Cain, BNZ Chief Sustainability Officer, supported by Dana Muir (Agri) & Tim Wixon (Agritech). Global sustainability trends through an NZ lens
    • Peter Wren-Hilton, Convenor, the 2035 Oceania Summit, and how stakeholders can engage

Registered attendees will be advised of the more detailed programme timing shortly.

Register for Sydney’s pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – Tuesday 10 May

Register for Sydney’s pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – Tuesday 10 May

It’s hard to believe that the Australia leg of the pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshops ends in Sydney tomorrow.

The last two and a half weeks have been a blast. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a large number of really focused AgriFoodTech and ClimateTech professionals looking to support farmers and growers meet the climate change challenge. In both ACT & South Australia, there are strategies being put in place which bring research, industry and government together. The workshops in both Canberra & the Adelaide Hills, (photograph taken above), reflected the significant progress that is being made in terms of both research and industry application.

I’m really looking forward to welcoming a number of these organisations and individuals to Auckland in October. We are actively working with AgriFutures Australia and the team at growAG to build a major Australian Zone in the Aotea Centre at the 2035 Oceania Summit. It will provide an opportunity for New Zealand and international delegates to identify opportunities for partnership & collaboration.

Tomorrow, we are hosting our final pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop at Cicada Innovations here in Sydney. We are just 10 seats short of another sell-out crowd. It’s a fantastic line-up of speakers & panellists. For more details of the day’s agenda and to register your free seat, please go to Pre-2035 Oceania Summit 1/2 day workshop – Sydney Tickets, Tue 10/05/2022 at 8:30 AM | Eventbrite

For anyone who thinks that ZOOM & Teams can substitute the impact of in-person meetings, I have a message. Over the past two and a half weeks, we’ve managed to make more progress in supporting trans-Tasman engagement in this space that at any point over the past two years.

Thanks Australia. You have been awesome!

Join the Sydney pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – 10 May

Join the Sydney pre-2035 Oceania Summit workshop – 10 May

The Sydney pre-2035 Oceania Summit is designed to bring together New South Wales scientific & research community, its industry leaders, agribusiness & agritech companies, farmers & growers, regulators and policy makers to meet and discuss how agrifood tech innovation and on-farm application can help address the existential threat posed by climate change.

The 2035 Oceania Summit would like to acknowledge the significant support provided by Agrifutures Australia, Food Agility and Investible in assisting develop the Workshop Programme.

You can register your free seat here.

The Sydney Workshop Programme

8.00am – 9.00am; Registration & Coffee on arrival

9.00am – 9.10am; Welcome and introduction to the day’s themes from the MC (to be confirmed)

9.10am – 9.25am; Introduction to the 2035 Oceania Summit / What is happening in NZ + Q&A (Peter Wren-Hilton – Convener, The 2035 Oceania Summit)

9.25am – 9.45am; Keynote Speaker (to be confirmed)

9.45am – 10.05am: Rob Waterworth, CEO Mullion Group/FLINTPro. Measuring carbon in Australian cattle farming

10.05am – 10.45am: Panel Discussion  – Targeting a Net-Zero food future

Introduction: Dr. Victoria Hatten; Director of Sustainability, PwC NZ
Nick Hazel,  Founder, V2, Australia’s #1 plant based meat company
Professor Michelle Colgrave, Future Protein Lead, CSIRO

10.45am – 11.15am: Coffee Break

11.15am – 11.45am; Panel Discussion – Understanding the Importance of Supply Chains

Anna Spear, Greenstock, Woolworths
Stuart Austin, Farmer, Wilmot Cattle Company
Justin Webb, CEO, Agriwebb

11.45am – 11.55am: Sam Brown, CEO Agricultural Innovation Australia. Introducing AIA and its programme around addressing sustainability and climate change

11.55am – 12.05pm: Tracey Martin, CEO Australian Agritech Association. How Australian agritech companies are addressing sustainability and climate-related challenges

12.05pm – 12.35pm; Panel Discussion – Securing Investment into the AgriFoodTech sector

Moderated by Phil Morle, (Partner, Main Sequence Ventures)
Sarah Nolet – Partner, Tenacious Ventures
Patrick Sieb – Partner, Investible
Mick Liubinskas – Founder, Climate Salad

12.35pm – 12.45pm; Wrap up (MC & Peter Wren-Hilton)

12.45pm – 1.45pm; Networking with light refreshments

Join the Canberra pre-2035 Oceania Summit Workshop – 27 April

Join the Canberra pre-2035 Oceania Summit Workshop – 27 April

As part of our 2035 Oceania Summit planning, we are delighted to announce the programme for the first pre-Summit workshop. It will take place in Canberra, ACT on Wednesday 27 April 2022. The event will be hosted at the China in the World Building, Australian National University.

This workshop has been made possible through the assistance and support of our two ACT partners, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology & the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research 

The purpose of the pre-Summit workshop is to enable participants to share how research they do, or support, is helping reduce the carbon footprint of the agrifood production sector. Our hope is that this workshop will help identify topics that could be further explored at the 2035 Oceania Summit in October 2022, and to help forge new links among industry, research and government stakeholders in the ACT.

You can register here for a complimentary ticket to the event.

The Canberra Workshop Programme

 8.00am – 8.30am                          Registration & Coffee on arrival

8.30am – 8.35am                          Welcome by MC (Professor Owen Atkin, Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology)

8.35am – 8.50am                          Introduction to the 2035 Oceania Summit + Q&A (Peter Wren-Hilton, Convenor, 2035 Oceania Summit)

8.50am – 9.10am                            Existing Emission – reduction options – technical  + Q & A (Dr. Andy Reisinger, Vice-chair for Working Group III (mitigation) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, NZ Climate Change Commissioner)

9.10am – 9.30am:                         Existing Emissions – reduction options – whole-of-system + Q&A (Dr. Steven Crimp, Climate Scientist at the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University)

9.30am – 10.00am: Panel Discussion: Industry Perspectives:

Margo Andrae – CEO, Pork Australia

Petr Adamek – CEO, Canberra Innovation Network

Olympia Yarger – CEO, Goterra

10.00am – 10.30am: Panel Discussion: Research Perspectives:

Dr. Anna Okella – Lead, Livestock Systems Program, ACIAR

John Harvey – Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia,

Katie Ricketts – Senior Research Scientist, Sustainability Assessment & Metrics – CSIRO Research

10.30am – 11.00am: Coffee Break

11.00am – 11.30am: Panel Discussion: Policy Options:

Christine Mulhearn – Assistant Secretary of the Agriculture Policy Division, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Dr Cate Rogers – Assistant Secretary of the Climate Financing and Programming Branch, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade

11.30am -11.55pm:   Future Options – Emerging and Over the Horizon + Q&A (Professor Mark Howden – Director of the Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions at the Australian National University, Vice Chair, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)

11.55am – 12.00pm: Workshop Summary & Close

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Networking with light refreshments

Adelaide announced as host city for evokeAG. 2023

Adelaide announced as host city for evokeAG. 2023

Following on from the success of two sell-out events in 2019 and 2020, evokeAG. organiser AgriFutures Australia, today announced Adelaide as the host city for the internationally acclaimed agrifood tech event slated for 21-22 February 2023 in South Australia.

From the AgriFutures Media Release:

Off the back of the cancellation, announced yesterday, of evokeAG. 2021 and 2022 events (Perth and Sydney), AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, John Harvey, believes next year’s event will play an even more crucial role in powering globally relevant conversations within the agrifood tech ecosystem.

“The disruptive impact of the pandemic has highlighted serious shortfalls in our food security systems. There is an increasing sense of urgency around how we engage in global conversations, mitigate risk to our supply chain and challenge the conventions of what we grow, how we grow it and what we eat. Balance this with an extremely productive Australian agricultural landscape including big yields, and all-time high prices, the evokeAG. 2023 event brings together a collision of opportunities and challenges with the best local and global minds to solve some of these issues,” said Mr Harvey.

The View from Tauranga:

Whilst I was deeply disappointed by the cancellation of the planned 2022 evokeAG conferences in Perth & Sydney, I am delighted by today’s announcement around the appointment of Adelaide as host city in 2023.

I have a particular interest. Back in October, I was the keynote speaker at South Australia’s AdvanceAG conference. I had hoped to attend in person, but unfortunately because of closed borders could only present virtually. It was a strange experience speaking to 500 delegates for ½ hour from my home office in Tauranga. Next February, I’ll have no such excuse and both Jacqui and I are already looking forward to meeting and engaging with so many of the folk connected with post-AdvanceAG.

For some additional context: Back in October 2020, the Government of South Australia released the ‘South Australia AgTech Strategic Plan’. It was a significant piece of work and a number of its recommendations resonated. I recognised that it had brought together different stakeholders including producers, government, research, industry and startups. It was as close as I have seen to the original intent of New Zealand’s own Agritech Industry Transformation Plan. It has seen the State’s agritech ecosystem emerge as one of the most connected across all of Australia. The selection of Adelaide as next year’s evokeAG host city is well deserved.

For more details about the 2023 programme and speakers, check out the evokeAG conference website at www.evokeag.com