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ILSI Webinar: The Journey to Sustainability: Managing a Transition for Food and Agriculture Sectors

  • 23 Nov 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Via Zoom


  • Email AIFST for the discount code
  • Email AIFST for the discount code

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The Journey to Sustainability: Managing a Transition for Food and Agriculture Sectors

Virtual Event - Webinar via Zoom

Wednesday, 23rd November 2022 at 12pm - 3.20pm AEDT (Sydney Time)

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Sustainability is an essential part of our present and our future, and truly exemplifies how we can ‘think globally, act locally’.

ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute) Australasia & AIFST’s initial virtual conference on the subject of sustainability, ‘The Journey to Sustainability: Managing a Transition for Food and Agriculture Sectors’ follows this “think global, act local” concept, and brings together an impressive program of national and international speakers addressing the challenges of building sustainability into our agriculture and food sectors.

Our program takes a broad perspective, including a view of an international ‘ecosystem’ of organizations transitioning to sustainable food system; creating ethical & sustainable landscapes; enhancing food production through embracing biodiversity & agrigenomics, & soil carbonisation to sequester atmospheric carbon.

ILSI Australasia & AIFST invites you join us on 23 November, 2022 to update your knowledge of the field of sustainability in the agriculture and food sectors.

Session 1

Chair: Mr Dean Stockwell, President of ILSI Australasia (12pm - 1.50pm)

The challenges and opportunities of capturing more biodiversity to support food production -  Prof Robert Henry, The University of Queensland, Australia

Creating ethical and sustainable foodscapes in our productive land; From thoughtscapes to healthscapes - Prof Pablo Gregorinin, Lincoln University, NZ

Developing and strengthening an international ecosystem of organizations that work together to realize the transition to a sustainable global food system - Dr Marjolein Brasz, FoodValley Netherlands

Session 2

Chair: Prof Fariba Dehghani, The University of Sydney (2.05pm - 3.20pm)

Agrigenomics - Dr Val Gidding, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, USA

De-risking Australian soil carbon projects: recarbonising soils to decarbonize the atmosphere - Ms Kate Carmichael, Improvi, Australia

About the speakers:

Dr Marjolein Brasz: In 2001, after graduating from the Erasmus University Rotterdam with a degree in business, Marjolein Brasz started working in the energy sector. Initially in the traditional oil and gas industry followed by jobs in renewable energy and (later) sustainable materials. Over the years, Marjolein worked in business development and management roles, product, process and / or system innovation being the common thread. Often in dynamic environments where change is necessary; there she brings direction, connection, and energy. She combines her business sense and commercial attitude with a sustainable perspective. From 2015 onwards she has worked on ecosystem innovation for the benefit of societal transitions. First for the Amsterdam Economic Board by setting up a large-scale circular transition programme in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region. In 2020 she started her role as CEO of Foodvalley NL, a dynamic organisation with dedicated professionals with the mission to shape the future of food with. All with the aim to make healthy and tasty food accessible and affordable for everyone. This role is the perfect mix of her experience, competencies, and personal beliefs’.

Pablo Gregorini: Pablo joined Lincoln University (New Zealand) as Professor of Livestock Production in 2017, where he focuses on nutritional and behavioural management of grazing ruminants focusing on environmental protection, animal welfare, human health and production systems design. He is the Head of the Lincoln University Centre of Excellence “Designing Future Productive Landscapes. Pablo is currently working on a broader view of agricultural systems on issues related to sustainability of agricultural systems around the world exploring how phyto-chemistry and culture once linked the palates of humans and herbivores with soil, plants and landscapes.

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