19-20 Jun 2025
Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

AIFST 50th Anniversary Convention: The Future of Food

Mar 14, 2017

Join the largest grouping of Australia’s food industry professionals in one location at the new International Convention Centre in Sydney from the 17 - 18 July for the AIFST 50th Anniversary Convention.

This year the theme is aptly The Future of Food, with a prestigious line-up of speakers including Bega Cheese Executive Chairman, Barry Irvin and CSIRO Chief Executive, Larry Marshall confirmed to address delegates. 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 Program Highlights

The Future Consumer; Emerging Innovations; Future Nutritional Needs; Fact of Fiction: Debunking Myths

Where to Next: The Future of Technologies; Navigating the Regulatory Environment; Packaging Innovation; Gaining Efficiencies — What’s Next?

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

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

Young Professionals in Food Networking Breakfast:
For AIFST members aged 30 years and under.

AIFST Fellows Breakfast:
A great opportunity for our Institute Fellows to network and meet newly appointed Fellows.

Speaker Focus

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.

Barry was awarded the NAB Agribusiness Leader of the Year in 2009 and the Rabobank Leadership Award for 2011.  Barry is very aware of the importance of social responsibility, he has been Chairman of Giant Steps, an organisation providing services to children and young adults with autism since 2002.  In 2008 Barry was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for contributions to children with disability and the Australia dairy industry.

Barry is also Deputy Chairman of Capitol Chilled Foods Australia, Chairman of Giant Steps (Sydney), Director of the Gardiner and a AIFST Foundation Member of Nominations and Human Resources Committee.

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. He was born in Sydney and received his PhD in physics at Macquarie University then left Australia in 1988 to begin his career in the United States.

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.

He has been a passionate supporter of Australian innovation since the 90s, and has helped both sides of government to improve Australia’s innovation performance, including giving up his career in the US to take up the leadership of CSIRO, which he believes is the fulcrum to pivot Australia’s economy.

For more information visit the AIFST website.

This article is featured in the March/April Edition of the Food Australia Magazine.


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