In 2024, the Australian Academy of Science’s National Symposium will, for the first time, be held in Brisbane.
As part of the World Science Festival, attracting a wide and diverse audience, the National Symposium will explore the very substance of life: food!
We will explore how the food on our plates—whether it’s taco Tuesday or Sunday roast—is changing.
Australia is one of the most food-secure countries in the world and our food exports are a significant part of our economy. But our population is growing, the climate is altering what we can grow and where, and supply chains are being disrupted by global conflicts and pandemics.
How will a carbon-neutral world affect our agricultural export trade, Australian farmers, scientists and consumers? And how do we strike a balance between the production of healthier foods with lower environmental impact, without compromising the profitability of the agriculture and food sectors?
Australian scientists pioneer research on improving and developing new foods. With past successes including gluten-free barley and protein substitutes, Australian scientists are now developing hemp and native plants as viable food sources. With these continuous breakthroughs and developments, what will the food on our plates look like in 2040? Come and sample products made with sustainable crops – can you tell the difference?
This National Symposium will engage and relate to everyday Australians’ experiences while illustrating Australia’s scientific capabilities and how they will shape and meet the future needs of the nation.
Whether you are a student, scientists, policy maker of simply interested in food, join us at Food Futures: Nourishing a Nation.
Student tickets $10-$20
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