Where are Tasmania's food and agriculture sectors at? And where are they heading?


Celebrating National Agriculture Day

Start Date

21st Nov 2017 5:30pm

End Date

21st Nov 2017 7:00pm


Centenary Lecture Theatre, Sandy Bay campus

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Join us for Australia's first ever National Agriculture Day with a lively conversation with leading experts from across the University of Tasmania. The panel will explore:

  • Current and future trends in food branding, marketing, and the politics of food
  • Emerging trends in agricultural technologies and what this means for the agricultural workforce of the future
  • Key pressures and opportunities for the State’s agrifood sector in the years and decades to come

Join us for this FREE event from 5pm for a 5:30pm start.

There will be opportunities for networking, with the evening starting and concluding with drinks and light refreshments.


  • Dr Michelle Phillipov – Senior Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Communications
  • Associate Professor Laurie Bonney – Researcher of Value Chain Innovation
  • Dr Beth Penrose – Lecturer in Pasture Science (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)
  • Associate Professor Stephen Cahoon – Director Sense-T
  • Moderator: Dr Peat Leith – Senior Research Fellow (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture)

imageDr Michelle Phillipov – Senior Lecturer, Journalism, Media and Communications, University of Tasmania
Michelle's research has always drawn her to exploring the extremes. She is an expert in media and communications and has applied these skills to food and death metal! She explores how the media is shaping our relationship with food, and in particular, what this means for food producers. The rise of boutique food and celebrity chef TV shows are examples of our changing behaviour in relation to food. They are influencing what we eat, how we eat, and how this food is being produced and marketed. Michelle has published Death Metal and Music Criticism: Analysis at the Limits, Fats: A Global History and a forthcoming book Media and Food Industries: The New Politics of Food.

imageAssociate Professor Laurie Bonney – Researcher of Value Chain Innovation, University of Tasmania
Laurie views innovation and creativity in value chains as mysterious processes... not responsive to purely rational economic management. He is intrigued by how successful businesses combine trust, co-operation, power and politics to create value by implementing innovations across organisational boundaries. Laurie's ultimate challenge is applying this understanding to help create innovative agrifood systems within regions and industries in Australia and developing countries. In his previous career, Laurie was the Managing Director of a successful strategy, foresight and value chain consultancy operating in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.

imageDr Beth Penrose – Lecturer in Pasture Science, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Beth relocated from the UK to Tasmania one year ago for her current job as a lecturer in pasture science. She is interested in how the nutrition from pasture affects the health of animals... and ultimately humans! Did we mention Beth is a big fan of ryegrasses? Her work has focused on how to improve plant, livestock and human nutrition through pasture management. Beth has integrated GIS data with plant and animal nutrition data to provide farmers with decision making tools that improve the sustainability of their livestock systems. Her previous work involved planning for pasture environments in the event of a nuclear accident.

imageAssociate Professor Stephen Cahoon – Director of Sense-T
Stephen is currently on a secondment at Sense-T from the University of Tasmania's Australian Maritime College, where he was Head of the Department of Maritime and Logistics Management. Based at the University of Tasmania, Sense-T is a partnership between the University, CSIRO and the Tasmanian Government, and is also funded by the Australian Government. Sense-T was a first mover in the internet of things and big data in Tasmania. They are using data, sensing technologies and data analytics to help see alignments and opportunities, to improve decision making and create real impact for farmers. Stephen remains involved in University research projects and PhD student supervision.


imageDr Peat Leith, Senior Research Fellow, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA)
Peat is passionate about ensuring that public investment on research leads to societal outcomes. He is an experienced social and institutional researcher and provides social science expertise to a variety of TIA projects. Peat's research and practice is geared to improving the design of projects and programs to achieve outcomes in ways that are equitable, accountable and efficient, especially in areas of natural resource management and sustainability. He recently published the co-authored book Enhancing Science Impact: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice for Sustainability.