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Annual research showcase

Sustainable Food Systems

The Sydney Institute of Agriculture 2024 Research Showcase will be held on Wednesday 3 July at the Veterinary Science Conference Centre.

This year's Sydney Institute of Agriculture Research Showcase will focus on Sustainable Food Systems. 

Talks will be across four themes:

  • Sustainable food systems
  • Agri-food sustainability (plant and animal systems)
  • Agri-food sustainability (land systems)
  • Agri-food sustainability (food)

Presentations will be delivered by academics, early career researchers, PhD students and invited guest speakers. You can download the program here (PDF 142KB).

Although there is no charge to attend this event, registration is essential to assist with catering. 

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Join us for a day of informative talks across four themes:

  • Professor David Raubenheimer - Professor of Nutritional Ecology, University of Sydney
  • Professor Anne Marie Thow - Professor, Public Policy and Health, University of Sydney
  •  Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University
  • Professor Owen Atkin - Professor and Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology, Australian National University
    • Panel discussion
  • Professor Joy Becker - Professor in Aquatic Animal Health and Production, University of Sydney
  • Professor Willem Vervoort - Professor in Hydrology and Catchment Management and Director, ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments, University of Sydney
  • Professor Yani Garcia - Professor of Dairy Science and Director, Dairy Research Foundation, University of Sydney
  • Dr Sabrina Lomax - Senior Lecturer in Livestock Behaviour and Welfare, University of Sydney
  • Dr William Salter - Lecturer in Crop Physiology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Maxim Prokchorchik - Charles Gilbert Heydon Research Fellow, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Imke Tammen - Associate Professor Animal Biotechnology, University of Sydney
  • Dr Laura Ziems - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney
  • Dr Wendy Muir - Senior Lecturer in Animal Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Pip Brock - Science Standards Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Dr Patrick Filippi - Lecturer in Precision Crop Management, University of Sydney
  • Marliana Widyastuti - PhD Candidate, University of Sydney
  • Dr Quentin Styc - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney 
  • Associate Professor Tom Roberts - Associate Professor in Food Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor John Kavanagh - Associate Professor, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Sydney
  • Dr Rebecca Thistlethwaite - Postdoctoral Research Associate (Wheat Heat Research), University of Sydney
  • Dr Farhad Masoomi-Aladizgeh - Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Sydney

Past events


  • 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.


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Sustainable Food Systems

Annual Research Showcase

Wednesday 03 July 2024
9.00AM - 4.30PM
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
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