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Tuesday 11 Jun 2024
11.00am to 12.00pm AEST


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What could productive, resilient and sustainable farming systems look like in Australia by 2050?

This is the question our recently released Ag2050 Scenarios Report examines through the exploration of trends, risks, opportunities and evidence-based scenarios.

Join us, as experts from research, government and industry come together to discuss the key trade-offs across plausible futures for Australian farming systems in 2050.

The panel, moderated by Dr Katherine Wynn, Agriculture and Food Lead, CSIRO Futures, will explore the current landscape, significant trends and plausible scenarios for Australian agriculture.

Dial into our webinar to:

  • Gain insights from industry experts driving transformative changes in farming.
  • Understand the significance of sustainable practices and technological advancements.
  • Explore strategies for navigating the evolving landscape of Australian agriculture.
  • Discover opportunities for collaboration and innovation in shaping the future of farming.

Meet your host:

  • Dr Katherine Wynn, Lead Economist, CSIRO Futures

Meet the panel:

  • Nick Blong, First Assistant Secretary, Sustainability, Climate and Strategy Division, Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Dr Jen Taylor, Deputy Director, Agriculture and Food, CSIRO
  • Dr Navinda Kottege, Research Director, Cyber-Physical Systems Research Program, Data61, CSIRO

More information on our speakers is below.


  • Free

Dates and Times

Event date: Jun 2024

Tuesday 11 Jun 2024

Online virtual event

11.00am to 12.00pm AEST

Login details will be emailed to registrants

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Our Speakers

Dr Katherine Wynn

Dr Katherine Wynn

At CSIRO Futures, Katherine advises clients on the emerging trends and technologies shaping industries while designing responsive strategies for more informed investment decisions. She is particularly interested in how science and technology can support food security in a changing climate.

Katherine has led the delivery of several reports in agriculture and food, including the:

  • Growth opportunities for Australian food and agribusiness report
  • Australia's National Protein Roadmap
  • Reshaping Australian Food Systems Roadmap
  • Ag2050 Scenarios Report

Prior to joining CSIRO, Katherine worked at Deloitte Access Economics and completed a PhD with Agriculture Victoria and the University of Melbourne. Katherine also holds a Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Laws, and Diploma of Language (French) from Monash University.

Nick Blong

Nick Blong

Nick Blong is the First Assistant Secretary for the Sustainability and Climate Division in the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Nick is leading a program of work across climate adaptation and emissions as well as sustainable agriculture policies. In this role Nick and his team work closely with industry, communities, researchers and with state and territory governments on ensuring Australia remains a world-leading, climate smart producer and exporter of food and fibre.

Previously Nick has worked in a broad range of public policy roles, including WTO trade negotiations, and has also worked extensively in the private sector both in Australia and abroad, including a number of years based in London and Kuala Lumpur.

Nick holds an Honours degree in agricultural economics from the University of Sydney and a Masters degree in international law from the Australian National University.

Dr Jen Taylor

Dr Jen Taylor

Dr Jen Taylor is focussed on supporting world-class research in Australia to deliver impact in the areas of resilient food and fibre farming systems.  She is driving innovative science and technology looking into areas including future crops, high value protein industries, healthy and secure food systems and trusted supply chains.

With a background in genetics, Dr Taylor has spearheaded international agritech research projects in the areas of crop genomics and performance. She has a particular interest in how data science models can help build a sustainable agriculture sector into the future.

Dr Navinda Kottege

Dr Navinda Kottege

Navinda is the Research Director responsible for Robotics, Computer Vision and Distributed Sensing Systems at CSIRO’s Data61. He was the Principal Investigator for the CSIRO Data61 team that competed and won second place at the DARPA Subterranean Challenge finals in 2021.

Navinda initiated and led legged robot research within CSIRO since 2011, with a focus on navigation in unstructured environments. He is a senior member of the IEEE, and a former Chair of the IEEE Queensland joint chapter for Control Systems/Robotics and Automation Societies. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology.