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    • 5 Jul 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Via Zoom

    Australian Society of Microbiology (ASM)

    July 5th 2022 - Food Microbiology


    REGISTER HERE: https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=913197&

    AIFST members can register for Free, and are asked to add 'AIFST' when asked for their 'Institution'.

    Chair: Dr Andrea McWhorter

    University of Adelaide

    12.00pm

    Plant-based alternatives to biocides for the control of

    biofilms of foodborne pathogenic bacteria

    Prof. Gary Dykes - Translational Microbiology, Sydney, NSW

    12.05pm

    Exploiting the Indigenous Microflora of Grapes

    Dr Natalia Caliani - University of Adelaide

    12.20pm

    Understanding how cheese starter culture Lactococcus lactis regulates osmotic stress resistance

    Dr Huong Pham - University of Queensland

    12.35pm

    Q & A

    12.50pm




    • 20 Jul 2022
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Via Zoom
    Register

    Webinar -  Bananas: a major world food crop in crisis

    Presenter: Distinguished Professor James Dale AC FTSE

    2019 Qld Senior Australian of the Year

    Queensland Great 2015

    Distinguished Professor, Centre for Agriculture and the Bioeconomy, Queensland University of Technology

    James completed his BScAgr (Hons) and PhD through the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1976. After a period in Europe and then with the Queensland Department of Primary Industries, he joined Queensland University of Technology in 1988 and has been there ever since. 

    His research interests and activities are now centred on the genetic improvement of bananas through genetic modification and more recently genome editing. In 2005, his group was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health to develop cooking bananas in Uganda and East Africa with high levels of pro-vitamin A as a strategy to alleviate vitamin A deficiency, a major cause of blindness in East Africa. Those bananas are now in final stages of field trialling with likely release to Ugandan farmers in 2024. The target population for these bananas is 125 million people. Also in the early 2000s, he and his team began an R&D program to develop Cavendish bananas that are resistant to Panama Disease (Fusarium wilt) tropical race 4. This devastating disease has spread to all the major banana producing continents and is the greatest threat to the world export banana industry as well as local production. The program has now produced a line of genetically modified Cavendish bananas that is essentially immune to the disease. This line is progressing through the regulatory process and will be the first GM bananas grown commercially anywhere in the world.



    • 21 Jul 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (AEST)
    • QDAF Health and Food Sciences Precinct, 39 Kessels Road, Coopers Plains, Brisbane
    Register

    Join the AIFST Qld Branch - the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF) are opening their doors and inviting AIFST members to a ‘behind the scenes’ peak into their facilities and activities.

    Join us for afternoon tea and networking at the Health and Food Science Precinct based at 39 Kessels Rd, Coopers Plains. Over the course of the event, you will hear the latest industry insights from Dr Val Natanelov, the Queensland Innovation Manager for the Fight Food Waste CRC, before being lead through the jewel in the crown – the Food Zone.

    The Food Zone is a Safe Food Queensland and DAF-accredited food research and processing plant with over 120 individual food processing units. These include:

    • Five flexible layout processing areas within the pilot plant with plug and play equipment
    • Custom-designed product development laboratory
    • Sensory and consumer testing facility, including 10 individual sensory evaluation booths
    • BrewLab micro-brewery

    QDAF specialised staff, including Paul Burt (Pilot Plant), Kerridyn Hooker (Product Development), Simone Moller (Consumer Intelligence) and Andrew Forrest (BrewLab), will showcase their respective work areas and provide a glimpse of the cutting-edge research being conducted to support the Queensland food industry.

    View the speaker bios HERE

    AIFST COVID-19 Event Guidelines

    You are not required to be vaccinated to attend this event.  AIFST will not be requesting proof of vaccination status. However, we request that you do not attend if you are a close contact or have any cold or flu like symptoms.




    • 3 Aug 2022
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Via Microsoft Teams
    Register

    Spotlight on the Agrifood Industry in Australia and Career Pathways in Food Science and Processing

    Overview: The Australian agrifood system plays a significant role in delivering safe, reliable, and nutritious food products to the Australian population and in supporting the food security of other countries.

    Australia’s agrifood system, encompasses agriculture through to manufacture, distribution, marketing, selling, consumption, and disposal

    The Australian food and agribusiness industry added AUD$61.3 billion of industry gross value in 2018-19 which is equivalent to 3.1% of total GDP (FIAL 2020).

    Opportunities to work within the agrifood industry in Australia are many and varied and provide exciting career pathways.

    This spotlight on the Agrifood Industry in Australia will provide an insight into the types of job opportunities awaiting our next generation – what skills are needed now and into the future and the options for building an interesting career in this vital sector.

    Hear from a range of speakers with experience across the agrifood industry in Australia – learn from their insights and tap into their expertise.

    Agenda:

    Industry Overview 

    A brief outline/snapshot of the agrifood industry in Australia.

    Future trends influencing the agrifood industry.

    Skills Needed

    What are the skills needed now and into the future (2 – 5 years).

    Career Pathways

    Outlining specific training pathways for VET and University.

    Hear from people already working in the industry – their career pathway and experience

    Job Opportunities

    Breadth of job opportunities

    Where to next?

    How do Schools connect with the industry for job opportunities / work experience opportunities?

    Resources and support for Teachers available to educate about the agrifood Industry?

    Who Should attend?

    Teachers from classes of TAS -Food Technology, Home Economics, Science, Food & Nutrition, Design tech.

    This event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams. The meeting invitation will be sent out at a later date once registration is complete. 

    Click here to view the flyer for this event  


    • 4 Aug 2022
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (AWST)
    • Curtin University - Ground Floor Auditorium and Exhibition, Building 500, Kent St, Bentley WA
    Register

    Gut Health: The latest research and trends

    Feeling confused about the latest information on gut health? Want to find out what types of fibres and prebiotics you should be eating, including for mental health and immunity? What about the downsides... Are there any? Join us for a fantastic night all about our gut and it's complex little ecosystem. Dr Tim Crowe from Melbourne, will join 4 local speakers.

    There will be plenty of opportunity for networking, a couple of mini competitions with prizes, and a raffle run by our event partner SuperFlora. Food and drinks will be provided. 

    Speakers: 

    Dr Tim Crowe: Beyond fibre: how prebiotics shape our health through the gut microbiota

    Dr Josephine Muir: The SuperFlora founders' journey into producing a low FODMAP product, and their findings of the market demand and characteristics both internationally and domestically

    Dr Jo Rees: The importance of overall diet quality for gut health and beyond, a look at how potential changes to the food environment could shape our future.

    Charlotte Rowley: Current research in the area of precision nutrition, and the leading role that the microbiome plays in this space

    Hayley Cullen: Making sense of seemingly conflicting gut health research! An overview of the latest trends and what they actually mean for you. 

    Thank you to our event partners SuperFlora and Arnott's Vita-Wheat 


    Click here to download and share the flyer

    Please see our Covid-19 Events Policy HERE

    • 23 Aug 2022
    • 24 Aug 2022
    • Crown Promenade, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC
    Register

    AIFST22 Convention: Food Science – Creating the future through collaboration & innovation 23-24 August 

    The theme for AIFST22, Food Science – creating the future through collaboration and innovation, speaks to the exciting opportunities ahead for the food industry and the important role of food science and technology. AIFST22 will be held as a face-to-face event, on August 23 & 24 in Melbourne featuring a full technical program and exhibition.

    Over two days with plenary and three concurrent session streams, the convention will feature more than 50 scientific and food industry speakers from across the agri-food sector. Food safety will feature strongly, alongside advances in health and nutrition, sensory and consumer science, food security and resilience, sustainability, and packaging.  Innovation and collaboration will be a constant theme.

    We are looking forward to a return to a more traditional convention format, with the great networking opportunities offered by a face-to-face event.  Our popular social events make a return – the Wine & Cheese evening, Young Professionals Networking breakfast and AIFST Fellows breakfast will all be held at AIFST22.  We will also recognise excellence in the food industry at our Annual Awards ceremony.

    Please join us in August for this long-anticipated event to grow, learn and connect.

    Visit our website HERE for the program overview, partners and more!


    • 23 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
    • Crown Promenade, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC
    Register

    AIFST22 Convention: Food Science – Creating the future through collaboration & innovation  23rd August 22

    Day 1 only ticket includes Tuesday 23rd August face-to-face convention and the wine and cheese tasting evening.

    The theme for AIFST22, Food Science – creating the future through collaboration and innovation, speaks to the exciting opportunities ahead for the food industry and the important role of food science and technology. AIFST22 will be held as a face-to-face event, on August 23 & 24 in Melbourne featuring a full technical program and exhibition.

    Over two days with plenary and three concurrent session streams, the convention will feature more than 50 scientific and food industry speakers from across the agri-food sector. Food safety will feature strongly, alongside advances in health and nutrition, sensory and consumer science, food security and resilience, sustainability, and packaging.  Innovation and collaboration will be a constant theme.

    We are looking forward to a return to a more traditional convention format, with the great networking opportunities offered by a face-to-face event.  Our popular social events make a return – the Wine & Cheese Tasting, Young Professionals Networking breakfast and AIFST Fellows breakfast will all be held at AIFST22.  We will also recognise excellence in the food industry at our Annual Awards ceremony.

    Please join us in August for this long-anticipated event to grow, learn and connect.

    Program and Speaker information - Coming Soon!


    For further information, please contact the AIFST team on 0447 066 324 or via aifst@aifst.com.au.

    For all partnership enquiries, please contact Clive Russell on 0407 066 188 or via clive.russell@aifst.com.au.

    • 23 Aug 2022
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Crown Conference Centre
    Register

    Wine & Cheese Networking Evening

    A key highlight of the AIFST Convention is the Wine & Cheese networking evening and the 2022 event will continue this tradition.

    Victoria has many great wine producing regions, and we are excited to work closely with the venue and their suppliers to create a memorable night with outstanding wines and an unforgettable selection of cheeses. 

    This year the focus of our selections will be close to home, showcasing a selection of wines, paired with a range of different cheeses, from across the state of VIC 

    The event is a great opportunity to create new connections and reconnect with colleagues in an informal setting.

    The Wine & Cheese Networking Evening social function is included in all Full Convention Registrations and in any Day 1 only Convention Registrations purchased for Tuesday 23 August 2022

    Tickets:

    All AIFST Members (incl. Students)

    $95.00 inc GST

    Non AIFST Members

    $125.00 inc GST

    Please log into your account to access the member pricing

    Thank you to our Wine & Cheese Networking Evening Partner EUROFINS


    Click here to download the Flyer 

    • 24 Aug 2022
    • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Crown Promenade, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC
    Register