Date & Time: 
Monday 5 June 2017

The Global Change Institute Food Systems Program is developing a research agenda for food systems at UQ. 

The essential characteristic of a food systems approach is the focus on interconnections between food system activities and food system outcomes.  Food system activities include producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food.  These activities are what we do.  Food system outcomes include food and nutrition security, environmental impacts, health consequences, business and employment, and ethical issues.  These are the outcomes we derive from food system activities.  Studied together, activities and outcomes define the food systems approach.

Our four panelists provide contrasting perspectives on food system outcomes and are experts in their respective fields. 

Dr Geoffrey Annison is the acting CEO of the Australian Food & Grocery Council, representing businesses involved in the food system.

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden is a philosopher and ethicist with the Department of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at UQ.

Professor Mike Gidley is a leading food scientist interested in human nutrition and health based at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food innovation.

Professor Amanda Lee is a leading dietitian and nutritionist working on the obesity and overweight epidemic.

Consumers are a central focus for food systems research and in this spirit the format for the event will include a Q&A style session at the end of brief presentations from our four panelists.  Are we getting the outcomes we want from our food system?  Please come prepared with your perspective on this question and take this opportunity to put your question to our expert panel.

About the Speakers

Dr Geoffrey Annison has wide experience in food regulation and innovation, having held a number of senior technical and management roles in industry in Australia and overseas, in academia, and in public policy. His career has spanned a number of sectors including the FMCG sector with Goodman Fielder and the AFGC, the rural sector with organisations such as Australian Pork Ltd and AWB Ltd. and research providers such as Massey University in New Zealand and the CSIRO, providing him with an extensive knowledge of current industry issues, particularly in the technical arena. 

Professor Amanda Lee is a Senior Advisor, The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre at the Sax Institute. She is a public health nutritionist with expertise in obesity and chronic disease prevention, Indigenous health, food systems, and nutrition policy. Amanda was Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Dietary Guidelines Working Committee. She is currently Chair of Food Standards Australia New Zealand’s Consumer and Public Health Dialogue and a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences Nutrition Committee.

Professor Mike Gidley is Director of the Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences (CNAFS) at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research is focussed on structure – function relationships in biopolymer assemblies such as starch granules and plant cell walls. This has led to the detailed characterisation of starch and dietary fibre digestion/fermentation in vitro and in vivo, with the understanding generated leading to opportunities for optimising nutritional value of foods and feeds. He is also a Chief Investigator in the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls.

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden is a bioethicist with extensive experience in the practical ethics and legal dimensions of health, medicine and the biomedical sciences. He has a keen interest in fostering ethical professional leadership, quality teaching and learning, research integrity, ethically sensitive community service, and effective community engagement with contemporary health innovations. 

Seminar room 275, GCI Building 20 Staff House Road St Lucia Campus

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