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Dylan Bellchambers
Emma Moss
Jordyn Kitschke Kate Taylor Minh Nga Nguyen Matthew Nevison Rebekah Ash
Young agricultural innovators to take the stage at major agrifood tech event
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TEN young Australians will shine a light on agriculture’s big issues at evokeAG, a two-day event to be held in Mel- bourne.
Tackling agricultural sustainability and expos- ing metropolitan dwellers to the everyday opera- tions of our farms will be some of the hot topics discussed on stage in Feb- ruary 2019.
Ten young innovative Australians with a passion for agriculture have been selected to take part in the inaugural international agrifood technology event called evokeAG.
The two-day thinktank, to be held from Febru- ary 19-20, 2019 in Mel- bourne, will draw togeth- er some of the world’s leading experts to discuss the future of food and most importantly, how it will be produced.
Joining the international program, organised by AgriFutures Australia, will be 10 of the coun- try’s brightest young minds specially chosen to take part in the evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program.
They come from a di-
verse range of back- grounds and include an experienced jillaroo, a HSC student from Sydney and a young Queensland man who has deferred his university studies to help his family in the drought.
Proudly supported by the Council of Rural Re- search and Development Corporations, each suc- cessful applicant will pre- sent their idea, relating to one of the event themes of food, farm or future.
It is a rare opportunity, giving them direct access to producers, investors, pri- vate enterprise, corporates, government and entrepre- neurs attending evokeAG.
AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Com- munications and Capacity Building Belinda Allitt said the evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program attracted a diverse range of impressive applicants from both metropolitan and rural areas who dem- onstrated a passion for food and farming.
“This is not just a unique opportunity for these outstanding young people but also for indus- try leaders to come to- gether and think outside
the box with some inno- vative and creative ideas that will ultimately help all Australians.
“We are proud to be facilitating such rela- tionships, to be able to harness such concepts in their infancy that could well change the future of agrifoods worldwide,” Ms Allitt said.
Applicants were se- lected after submitting a video detailing why they wanted to be the voice of the future at evokeAG.
The eight finalists chosen by the Future Young Lead- ers Selection Panel are:
• Rebekah Ash, 19, The Gap, Queensland;
• Rayali Banerjee, 24, Epping, NSW;
• Dylan Bellchambers, 18, Ulverstone, Tasmania; • Jordyn Kitschke, 23,
Adelaide, South Australia; • Emma Moss, 20,
Southbrook, Queensland; • Matthew Nevison, 20,
Gordon, NSW;
• Minh Nga Nguyen, 18,
Stanmore, NSW; and
• Kate Taylor, 28, Black-
mans Bay, Tasmania.
A further two finalists were chosen by the gen- eral public with a short- list of five videos shared
across the evokeAG so- cial media channels.
The People’s Choice fi- nalists are:
• Callan Daley, 20, Beil- ba, Queensland; and
• James Bidstrup, 21, Beechboro, Western Aus- tralia.
Each winner will re- ceive a five-minute pres- entation opportunity at the event, as well as re- turn economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers and a delegate pass to evokeAG.
Council of Rural Re- search and Development Corporations execu- tive officer Tim Lester said the evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program is a wonderful oppor- tunity to support young forward- thinkers and ul- timately keep Australia’s rural industries thriving.
“It is incredibly exciting to bring together the next generation of leaders with their passion, bold think- ing and bright ideas with industry experts from the food and agriculture in- dustries,” Mr Lester said.
“By assisting them with the skills, research and know-how, we may well be able to fast-track these
innovations into a reality.” EvokeAG 2019 will take place in Melbourne at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building on February 19-
20, 2019.
For full details of the
evokeAG 2019 program including key national and international speak- ers and to buy tickets online, please head to
To find more infor- mation regarding the 10 finalists, please visit future-young-leaders
Follow evokeAg on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @evokeAG and Instagram @evoke_ag #evokeAG
Rayali Banerjee
2019 Australian Biosecurity Symposium call for abstracts and registration now open
ANIMAL Health Aus- tralia and the Invasive Species Council are excited to call for the submission of abstracts for presentations at the inaugural 2019 Austral- ian Biosecurity Sympo- sium, to be held from June 12-13, 2019 on the Gold Coast, Queensland.
The Symposium theme is preventative biosecurity practices and will focus on research and innova- tion, outside-the-box thinking and the exchange of knowledge and ideas across the biosecurity collective – agriculture (animals and plants), pest animals, weeds, wildlife, aquatics and the environ- ment.
Our Symposium will provide the ideal platform for diverse cross-sectoral discussion, where new concepts are introduced, ideas are shared and test- ed, advice is sought and given and new partner- ships built.
Challenging papers that stimulate debate and en- ergy are encouraged – we hope you will be a part of it!
The following topics are central to the program and your abstract should link to one of these:
at the discounted speaker rate.
Early bird registration open
Registrations have opened and we’re starting off with a special early bird rate.
This rate is valid un- til 5pm on Friday, March 29, after which the rate will revert to the standard pricing.
You will have the op- portunity to network at a welcome reception, all session breaks and the symposium gala dinner.
Members and partners of AHA and ISC are encour- aged to email the events team at symposium@ani au to receive a special dis- count code.
Don’t miss out on the op- portunity to engage with key decision-makers, in- novators, influencers and researchers in the Austral- ian biosecurity sphere.
For any Symposium in- quiries, including sponsor- ship opportunities, please contact symposium@ani or call the events team on 02 6232 5522.
• Future-proofing security;
• Technology;
• International insights; • Barriers and benefits
to trade; or
• Behaviour change for
better biosecurity.
Key dates
• Abstracts close – 5pm on Friday, February 15, 2019.
• Review period – Feb- ruary to March 2019.
• Notification to author – Thursday, March 14, 2019.
• Author acceptance – Thursday, March 21, 2019. • Speaker registration due – Monday, April 15,
For more detailed infor-
mation visit au
Note: The invitation to submit an abstract does not constitute an offer to pay travel, accommoda- tion or registration costs associated with the Sym- posium.
All presenters/speaker will be able to register
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