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AIFST Tasmania Networking Evening

  • 13 Jun 2024
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • University of Tasmania, The Rory Spence theatre, The Workshop building, Inveresk Campus, Invermay TAS


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Food Science and Technology – Underpinning Tasmania’s Innovative and Burgeoning Food Scene: A Networking Event

Over the last few decades, Tasmania has developed a deserved and enviable reputation for excellence in food and beverage production and culture. To maintain and extend this reputation, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the University of Tasmania’s Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and Tasmanian food industry colleagues are collaborating to provide an opportunity for people involved in, or interested in being involved with, Tasmania’s burgeoning food industry and culture. Recognising the great work to support food producers and processors in Tasmania already, the main aim of this gathering is to introduce participants to additional human and technological resources available to support food industry start-ups and SMEs in Tasmania to achieve long-term success.

There will be a Q and A session as well as a chance over drinks and nibbles to make some new contacts. Bring along business cards, pens and notebooks or devices to be able to record contact details of people who you would like to talk with again.


5:30 to 5:55 pm

Ms Fiona Fleming, CEO of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST). Structure, objectives, resources available and benefits of membership of AIFST.

6:00 to 6:10 pm

Professor Rufus Black, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania (UTas). Welcome and Introduction to the Event.

6:15 to 6:40 pm

Dr Samantha Sawyer, Centre for Food Safety and Innovation, UTas, and Board Member, FermenTasmania. Insights and experiences in the application and potential for application of food science and technology in Tasmanian food businesses.

6:15 to 6:55 pm

Mr Tom Woolley, Managing Director, Startup Bootcamp/FoodTech Tasmania. Other skills and expertise needed in building a sustainable, innovative, food business.

7:00 to 7:30 pm

Invited Panel and Audience: Questions and Answers and Discussion. Panel Members: Ms. Fiona Fleming, Dr. Samantha Sawyer, Mr. Tom Woolley (see above), Mr. Ian Sypkes (Sanyou Baijiu, Launceston), Mr. Kevin Turner (AusIndustry, Business Outreach & Engagement, Launceston).

7:30 to 8:00 pm

Informal networking over drinks and canapes (sponsored by Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania).

There is no charge to attend this event.

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