TOOWOOMBA EVENT – The Farmer Wants a Science Life
17 March 2017


The Farmer Wants a Science Life will be the first World Science Festival Brisbane regional event to be held in Toowoomba.

This event will explore how science is changing agriculture and will enable the local Toowoomba community to hear from scientists and producers and celebrate the future of farming all while sampling delicious local produce.

There are also science interactives on hand to provide further insights into the science of agriculture including Earthlife Mineral Fertiliser, Queensland Murray Darling Commission, Department of Natural Resources and Mines and Soil Science Australia, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Throughout the night there will be live music and a chance to enjoy a drink in the Museum after dark.

The Farmer Wants a Science Life is proudly supported by Tourism and Event Queensland, Inspiring Australia and Felton Food Festival.

This is a free ticketed event for adults (18+ only).


Session Times

Toowoomba Event - The Farmer Wants A Science Life

17 March 2017

210mins 5:30pm



Exhibitions, entertainment and displays

  • Felton Food Festival

    Stalls: The Barefoot Baker, Budgee Garlic and Herbs, Golden Ark Honey, Rosbrook Pastoral, Jalbirri Googum and Granite Belt Brewery

    Time: 5:30pm – 9pm

    Location: Shingle Roof and Showring

    About: Produce stalls – sale and sample.

  • The Tiniest Winemakers

    Speaker: Ursula Kennedy

    Time: 6:15pm-6:45pm

    Location: Windmill Gallery

    About: Ursula Kennedy, Viticulturist and Oenologist from University of Southern Queensland, will explore some of the tiniest creatures that are crucial of making good wine – and also may lead to good wine going bad – wine microorganisms.

  • Automation for Precise Irrigation and Crop Sensing

    Speaker: Dr Alison McCarthy

    Time: 7pm-7:30pm

    Location: Windmill Gallery

    About: Dr Alison McCarthy, Research Engineer at University of Southern Queensland’s National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture, will speak about her research and development of robotic systems reducing labour in plant growth monitoring, which could potentially optimise the irrigation of field crops.

    Attendees will hear from her research and development of low cost camera-based sensing systems to reduce labour in plant growth monitoring, which could potentially optimise the irrigation of field crops.

    Her current projects involve the variable-rate irrigation of cotton, dairy, horticulture and sugarcane crops via lateral move and centre pivot irrigation machines and surface irrigation systems.


  • Science with Farmers

    Speakers: Greg Platz, Vicki Green and Allan Richards

    Time: 7:45pm-8:45pm

    Location: Windmill Gallery

    About: This discussion will investigate how science is changing agriculture.

    Greg Platz

    Greg is a principal pathologist with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He has a lifetime of experience with diseases in cereals and has worked closely with wheat, barley and oats breeders in the development of resistant varieties. Over almost half a century, Greg has witnessed first-hand how science has changed many research disciplines in the pursuit of disease resistant crops.

    Vicki Green

    Vicki grew up on a sheep and cropping farm at Corrigin in Western Australia before studying Agricultural Science at UWA and then working for the WA Department of Agriculture. She moved to Queensland in 1997, initially working as a commercial agronomist for IAMA. Vicki has worked for Landcare, and been on the GRDC Northern Panel and helped her husband Andrew expand their farming operation at Felton.

    Allan Richards

    Alan started producing hydroponic figs as a trial of 50 trees in between truss tomatoes/cucumbers and eggplant, mainly because he loved figs and fig jam. These 50 plants expanded to 150 then to 350 then progressively over the last 3 years to total 3500 plants.

  • Linda Capewell

    Time: 5:30pm-9pm

    About: Enjoy the vocals of local lovely Linda Capewell as you to her blend of acoustic folk pop sound.

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