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Annual research showcase

Exploring the theme of Urban Agriculture

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture 2022 Research Showcase was held on Friday 18 November 2022 at the Veterinary Science Conference Centre.

The theme for this year’s Research Showcase was Urban Agriculture.

Urban Agriculture examines the integrated science, technology and supply chain innovations required to develop a new urban agriculture industry.

This year we highlighted the new frontiers in Urban Agriculture and research on social, economic and health benefits of Urban Agriculture.

This year’s Urban Agriculture Showcase coincided with both Urban Agriculture Month – Growing Edible Towns and Cities and our National Agriculture Day – Celebrating Innovation in Agriculture. The event brought together University of Sydney and CSIRO researchers, and urban farmers to showcase their amazing innovations that are growing fresh produce in our cities across the globe.

Our speakers showcased high tech urban farms, community garden success, kerbside edible gardens, entrepreneurship, urban farming systems, and much, much more. Our wonderful caterers also served up some produce grown by our local vertical farms, Greenspace and Invertigro, and prepared and served together with our local FoodLab entrepreneurs.


  • Integrated networked farms in cities driving sustainable food production - Peter Fox, CEO Founder, Greenspace
  • Adapting crops for indoor farms: A case study using grape microvines - Dr Cathryn O'Sullivan, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO
  • Redesigning food supply chains with Urban Agriculture - Tom Shaw, Horticulture Operations Team Leader, InvertiGro
  • Mini vegetables for urban gardens and farms: current status and breeding perspectives - Dr Nabil Ahmad, Research Fellow, Horticulture, University of Sydney
  • New ways of growing mushrooms - Dr Meghann Thai, Research Technical Officer, University of Sydney
  • Future foods in your nature strip? - Dr Claudia Keitel, Senior Lecturer of Plant Science, University of Sydney
  • Urban and peri-urban agriculture in southeast Asia - Professor Daniel Tan, SIA Theme Leader, Development Agriculture, University of Sydney
  • Beneficial insects in urban agriculture: harnessing the tiniest workforce for better pollination, pest control and waste management - Associate Professor Tanya Latty, Research and Teaching Fellow in Entomology, University of Sydney
  • Communing at St Helen's: A Decade of Success - Peter Geelan-Small, Coordinator, St Helen's Community Garden Glebe
  • The role of urban agricultural practices in urban settlements in Kunming, China - Dr Yuan Wei, Research Assistant, University of NSW
  • Native grasses in urban settings - Associate Professor Tina Bell, Plant Ecophysiologist, University of Sydney
  • Transforming Sydney’s artisan culture through urban agriculture - Jamie Loveday, Program Manager and Director, Foodlab
  • Why we need urban farms everywhere by 2030 and how we can get there - Jacqui Besgrove, Pocket City Farms
  • Student Poster Competition: Throughout the day students will display and summarise their research on a poster. During the breaks we welcome you to chat to our students about their research and vote for what you believe is the best poster.


Past events

The 2021 Research Showcase, "Digital agriculture: Driving a $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030" was held online on Tuesday 30 November, 2021

Digital agriculture focuses on the knowledge underpinning, and research required, to deliver a functioning digitally-enabled production and supply chain for agricultural food and fibre.

The global mission over the next 10 years and beyond is to produce increased amounts of food and fibre more efficiently, in terms of the use of water, nutrients and physical inputs into the production process.

Digital agriculture presents a novel method to meet this global challenge.

It is an approach that brings to bear the power of digital and information technologies to the business of agriculture with great potential for success.

Our Digital agriculture theme within the Sydney Institute of Agriculture brings together researchers across the university with expertise and skills to realise these new opportunities.

The Showcase included the following topic sessions:

  • On-Farm Digital Sensing and Analytics
  • On-Farm Digital Decision-Support Tools
  • Digital Supply Chains

'180-Second Spiel' Thesis Challenge: in three minutes, postgraduate students present a compelling talk on their thesis and its significance to the agriculture sector.

Poster Competition: Postgraduate students display and summarise their research on a digital poster.

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Urban Agriculture

Annual Research Showcase

Friday 18 November 2022
9.00AM - 3.00PM
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
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