Our Future Food Security

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You’re invited to join us and our panel of experts in a thought-provoking discussion, exploring food sustainability. Learn how we can drive change over a custom-designed paddock to plate breakfast.

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Thursday 04 May 2017 07:30 am until Thursday 04 May 2017 09:00 am (Add to calendar)
Future Student Centre
1300 135 045
Presented by:
La Trobe University
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Forum/symposium

With over three-quarters of Victorian’s calling Melbourne home, our ‘most liveable city’ is the world’s worst kept secret. Sprawled across 10,000 kilometres, research predicts we will be the biggest Australian City by 2050, surpassing both Sydney and Brisbane. As the population of our city continues to grow, we are excited to explore Our Future Food Security.

As part of the City of Melbourne’s Melbourne Knowledge Week celebrations, we invite you to join us and our panel of experts in a thought-provoking discussion to explore food sustainability.

Please note places are limited and registrations are essential.

Our panellists:

Professor Jim Whelan, La Trobe University

Professor Jim Whelan played an important role in establishing the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, as well as holding the position of Co-Director, AgriBio. Professor Jim Whelan also holds the role of Director, Research Focus Area, Securing Food, Water and the Environment.

Professor Jim Whelan’s extensive career highlights include more than seven thousand citations for his hundreds of published articles, which have focused on his research on plant energy metabolism. Professor Jim Whelan is working hard to future-proof Australian agriculture by creating more efficient crops, and aims to deliver food security and limit hunger-based poverty.

Emma Stirling, Senior Lecturer, La Trobe University

Emma Stirling is an Accredited Practising Dietitian specialising in food studies, gastronomy, health media and culinary nutrition. She is currently involved in a study looking at sustainable food supply chains and is passionate about the importance of protecting and improving our global food resources.

Emma Stirling has over 15 years’ experience as an award winning nutrition writer for consumer and digital media with her blog Scoop Nutrition, and is a regular commentator on food trends. As a lover of all things food, you will find her Instagram bursting with content ranging from the latest hipster food fads to gastronomy and food science practicals.

Matthew Evans, ‘The Gourmet Farmer’, Fat Pig Farm

Former chef and restaurant critic, Matthew Evans presents the Gourmet Farmer on SBS, and currently lives and works on Fat Pig farm located in the picturesque Huon Valley.

Matthew Evans owns and operates Southern Tasmania’s first farm to table restaurant celebrating local produce and sustainable eating. Matthew Evans has penned eleven books on food, and when he’s not weeding, writing or cooking, he’s teaching his son to fish.

Cinnamon Evans, CEO, CERES Community Garden

Cinnamon Evans is the CEO of CERES Community Environment Park, an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located in Melbourne. Initially joining the Education Team, Cinnamon applied her tertiary qualifications in education and environmental science to teach thousands of visiting school students about sustainability.

Appointed CEO in 2012 and under her guidance, CERES has achieved financial security through social enterprises, and continues to be a leading education provider and collaborative community organization.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 1 – 7 May 2017, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne. For more information on the festival, please visit http://mkw.melbourne.vic.gov.au


La Trobe University City Campus

Level 3, 360 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000



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