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ATN Agriculture Industry Forum to produce food for thought

21 September 2015

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) will today host a forum with senior executives, industry representatives and researchers to drive innovation and collaborative outcomes in the Food and Agriculture sectors, at QUT in Brisbane.

Mirjana Prica, Managing Director of Food Innovation Australia Limited will deliver a keynote address from the industry perspective and the forum will also showcase research from ATN researchers responding to emerging market opportunities in pulses and biofuels, and include an interactive dialogue facilitated by Professor Göran Roos.

“Agriculture is predicted to be the next boom for our economy with more than two thirds of all Australian agricultural production exported overseas. Ongoing innovation in this sector is vital for our nation’s future prosperity,” says ATN Executive Director Renee Hindmarsh.

Today’s event will be a high-level discussion with manufacturers, producers and key people in the supply chain, as well as senior representatives from rural farming and consulting sectors.

“Participants will examine technology game-changers that will drive innovation, and discuss approaches to bridging the gap between industry and research outcomes.”

The forum is part of a series of four events supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Industry focusing on key sectors of national importance including Financial ServicesFood and Agribusiness,Advanced Manufacturing and Mining, Equipment and Technology Services.

With 70% of our research income coming from industry over the past five years, the ATN understands the importance of university and industry collaboration.

“The ATN have always been committed to bridging the university-industry gap. These forums will be used to generate industry-specific actions and policy recommendations to ensure Australia remains competitive in these sectors of national importance,” Ms Hindmarsh says. 

Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038