The year 2016 has seen food brought to the centre stage of many non-traditional domains. This year is the International Year of the Pulses with food waste gaining more attention; young people improving their food choices; and an increasing need for urban planners to consider food systems in city planning.
Join us for a lively panel discussion on these topics and more when we bring together experts in the fields of food systems research, plant and legume research, and food education projects for young people, including the Youth Food Movement and the UQU Environment Collective.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr Grace Muiruki
Grace is the Program Manager, Food Systems Program, at The Global Change Institute (GCI), TheUniversity of Queensland. She is motivated by a desire to be part of change through research. She has extensive experience in society and resources interactions, spatial science and analytics. Her current interests are the application of trans-disciplinary methodologies to food systems challenges and urban food systems.
Dr Brett Ferguson
Dr Brett Ferguson is Director of the Centre for Integrative Legume Research, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, at The University of Queensland. His research group uses molecular-genetic and bioinformatic approaches to identify and characterise new genes and signals required for plant development, with a primary focus on elucidating the components of legume nodulation. Dr Ferguson’s work has contributed to the discovery of many new genes and signals, including novel CLE peptide hormones that control legume nodule numbers.
Ms Bek Daw
After a passionate family discussion about food waste back in 2014, Bek founded the Brisbane Sprout of theYouth Food Movement. YFM is a national volunteer-led organisation that aims to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food. More than that, they want young people to take those skills, knowledge and experiences out into the world and create the food system that they want. Bek has expanded the team from a tiny group of 3 to a team of 15 volunteers and now co-leads YFM with colleague Charlie Wayment.
Ms Rosie Katunar
Rosie Katunar is an active member of the UQU Environment Collective, acting as one of their co-ordinators over the past year. The group is open to all students and acts as a platform to share ideas and campaign for a greener and more sustainable UQ. One of the initiatives organised within this group is the Food Co-op, a fortnightly stall which sells local and organically grown produce back to students at cost price. This volunteer-powered operation has steadily grown over the past year, hoping to help students see the power of their food choices and to encourage the growing of produce in their own backyards through collaboration and collection of goodies from the Campus Community Garden.