Program

Day 1 – Thursday 30 September

9 – 10.30 am  Regenerative agriculture

Welcome to Conference – President SPA, Jenny Goldie
Welcome to the Academy’s Shine Dome – Anna-Maria Arabia
Welcome to country – Shane Mortimer
Official Opening – John Hewson

Keynote – Dr Charles Massy  author: Call of the Reed Warbler


10.30  Morning tea


11am – 12.30 pm  Australia’s soil, water and vegetation as key strategic assets

Admiral Chris Barrie, ANU and former head of Australian Defence Forces
Penny Wensley AC, National Soils Advocate
Walter Jehne, Regenerate Earth/Healthy Soils Australia – Whither Australia’s Agriculture 2030?


12.30 – 1.30 pm  Lunch


1.30 – 3 pm  Farming today

Dr Patrice Newell author: Who’s minding the farm?
Matthew Evans author: On eating meat
Gabrielle Chan,  author Why You Should Give a F**k About Farming 


3 pm  Afternoon tea


3.30 – 5 pm 

Enabling meaningful change
Em Prof Stuart Hill  –  Ecological and Psycho-social Foundations for Agricultural Sustainability

Restoring the soil
John Feehan  – Improving soil with dung beetles
Dr Wolfram Buss  – The role of biochar

The Conference dinner will be held at QT Hotel, Canberra at 6pm for 7pm.


DAY 2 – Friday 1 October

9 – 10.40 am  Dealing with climate change

Prof Mark Howden
Ian Dunlop, member Club of Rome
Prof Justin Borevitz  – Precision Landscape Regeneration
Dr Adam Carroll


10.40 Morning tea


11.10 am – 12.40 pm  Encroachment on agricultural land by mining and urbanisation

Dr Gavin MuddThe essentials of mining and sustainability
Sally Hunter and Nicola Chirlian, Lock the Gate – What life is like when mining comes to your district
Guy Webb, SoilCQuest – Restoring the Soil


12.40 – 1.30 pm  Lunch


1.30 – 3 pm  Transforming global food systems

Tony Hill, Land to Market Australia – Buy into a Healthier Australia
Honorary Professor Robyn Alders AO  – Food system transformation: valuing food so that it won’t cost the earth
Julian Cribb, author Food or WarThe Age of Renewable Food


3 pm  Afternoon tea


3.30 pm – 5 pm  Can we feed all the people and not destroy the Earth?

Dr Nicole ChalmerEcoagriculture: a cultural paradigm for enduring resilience and sustainability
Prof Will Steffen  – Planetary boundaries
Dr Jane O’Sullivan  – The critical role of population size and growth


Concluding remarks Prof Ian Lowe