Feeding the future

  • Primary Sector Workshop

    Dr Duane Peltzer stands in front of the graphic summary wall art generated at the primary sector workshop.

A desire to co-design research outcomes with industry was one of the topics discussed at a recent workshop between National Science Challenges and the primary sector.

About 60 people attended the workshop, with half of them being primary sector representatives from industries including farming, horticulture and apiculture.

Other participants included scientists from 12 research organisations and four Science Challenges, including Dr Duane Peltzer and Kevin Collins from the BioHeritage Challenge. The other Challenges represented were the Deep South Challenge – which organised the workshop – Our Land and Water, and Resilience to Nature’s Challenges.

Kevin said the presentations showed that the Challenges have a great number and diversity of projects that will be useful to the primary industry.  

“The BioHeritage Challenge has always worked hard to ensure its research is aligned with industry needs,” he said.

“However, it was clear from the workshop that the Challenges collectively could do a better job of co-ordinating their work to achieve the best outcomes. That’s a good goal to focus on as we head into our second phase which starts in July 2019.”

The workshop was designed to clarify the scope of the Science Challenges, plus show evidence of integration between them.

As well as lightning presentations from Challenge researchers, there was robust discussion around topics including opportunities for coordination between Challenges and the primary sector, and the sharing of big data.