AgCatalyst is CSIRO's premier showcase of the latest innovations and technologies in agriculture and food. AgCatalyst brings together representatives from business, peak industry bodies, producer groups, research funders and policy makers to explore opportunities to shape the future.
At AgCatalyst, attendees can examine the latest in digital technologies, data science and next generation genomics, delve into biologicals, materials science and new bioproducts, and discuss the latest developments in food science, precision agriculture and robotics.
More than 600 people attended CSIRO's inaugural AgCatalyst in December 2016 at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.
Features of AgCatalyst 2016 included:
- The Next Big Thing - pitches from young CSIRO researchers on science and technology that will transform various agricultural industries over the next 5-10 years. From biological to nitrogen-fixing cereals, crop sensing and climate forecasting, these innovations were inspirational. Thomas Vanhercke won with his pitch on leaf oils
- Let's innovate - working under the guidance of entrepreneurs, teams from research and industry outlined how they intend to address contemporary challenges and opportunities in agriculture
- Innovation marketplace - almost forty booths displaying current research and technology meeting future challenges
- It's all in the data - the top teams involved in a three-month data hackathon presented approaches to value-add a real farm dataset. Panel members: Adrian Turner, Data61; Chris Sounness, Birchip Cropping Group; Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University; and Jen Taylor, CSIRO
- Innovation: who cares? - panel session.