AIFST Convention

The Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology will be hosting their 50th Annual Convention at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney Darling Harbour, alongside foodpro on Monday 17 to Tuesday 18 July 2017.

This year’s theme is The Future of Food, with confirmed speakers including Bega Cheese Executive Chairman, Barry Irvin and CSIRO Chief Executive, Larry Marshall. Sessions will cover the consumer of the future, future technologies and innovations advancing the food industry, managing emerging threats and vulnerabilities, navigating the export and regulatory market, and insights into current scientific research that will underpin next 50 years of the Australian food industry. Key sessions will include food safety, packaging, sensory, nutrition and more.

Convention Highlights Include

  • Innovation – The Future Consumer; Emerging Innovations; Future Nutritional Needs; Fact of Fiction: Debunking Myths
  • Technology – Where to Next: The Future of Technologies; Navigating the Regulatory Environment; Packaging Innovation; Gaining Efficiencies — What’s Next?
  • Science – Managing Emerging Threats and Vulnerabilities; Sensory – the Future Palate; Food Safety
  • Future People and Capabilities – Student Product Development Competition Sensory – Taste the Future; Malcolm Bird and Sensory Award Presentations
  • Export – Asian Insights; Navigating the Export Market
  • JR Vickery Address – Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese, Barry Irvin.
  • Government Panel – Effective Government Policy to Underpin the Innovation Agenda in the Food Industry
  • Industry Roundtable – Financing Innovation and Growth in the Australian Food Industry


Keynote Speakers Confirmed

Barry Irvin, AM, Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese
Barry Irvin has extensive experience in the dairy industry and has been Chairman of Bega Cheese since 2000. Barry’s leadership has seen Bega Cheese grow from a small regional dairy company to one of the largest dairy companies in Australia, supplying a large range of dairy products in Australia and around the world.

Barry’s depth of knowledge of the industry includes a significant understanding of the issues affecting Australian dairy farmers, the key investments required to meet changing consumer needs and the management of long-term customer relationships.

Dr Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO
Dr Larry Marshall is Chief Executive of CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst. For almost a century, CSIRO has translated excellent science into profound impact for the benefit of all Australians and the world. This impact has come in the form of WiFi, plastic banknotes, extended wear contact lenses and insect repellent, just to name a few.

Larry is a scientist, technology innovator and business leader with a wealth of experience in creating new value and impact with science. Prior to joining CSIRO, Larry had 25 years’ experience as an international technology entrepreneur. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications and conference papers, holds 20 patents and has founded six successful US companies in biotechnology, photonics, telecommunications and semiconductors.

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