Agri-Chat is a new initiative of the Melbourne Royal® Emerging Leaders Group that provides a platform for a lively discussion, focusing on a variety of topics relating to the future of agriculture.

To maximise participation and attendance throughout the State, the first Agri-Chat will be hosted as a virtual event on Thursday 18 November from 7.30pm - 8.30pm, the eve of National Agriculture Day.

The Journey of AgTech: Breaking Barriers & Exploring Innovative Opportunities, the Emerging Leaders Group’s first forum will feature four expert panellists.

About the panellists

Simone Kain is the co-founder and author of award-winning educational brand, George the Farmer, which teaches children about farming practices along with how food and fibre is produced. This week the team released their 11th picture storybook with a focus on regenerative ag practices, ‘George the Farmer - The Island of Big Ideas' — as well as three brand new paddock to plate videos showcasing Northern Territory produce which can be found on YouTube and the ABC. 

Julia Waite is Head of Operations at SproutX and Program Director for SproutX Accelerator; Australia’s leading accelerator & venture capital fund for food and agtech startups

Guy Coleman is a PhD student at the University of Sydney and Fulbright Future Scholar currently based at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His research focusses on the interaction between artificial intelligence for weed recognition and plant morphology in large-scale production systems.

Kimberly Pellosis; a Precision Agronomist for Farmer’s Edge, in addition to a Director for the Ag Institute Australia (AIA) geared towards the intersection of agriculture and environmental science. Kim is a passionate young leader in AgTech and carbon markets and a member of the Melbourne Royal® Emerging Leaders Group.

The panel will share insights and learnings from their professional journeys, whilst delving into the rapidly evolving agri-tech sector; including the new technologies and fresh ideas on how we tackle some of Australia’s and the world’s biggest challenges.

Previous Agri-Chats

Agri-Chat | The Journey of AgTech: Breaking Barriers & Exploring Innovative Opportunities

When: 7:30pm on Thursday 18th November

Where: webinar.

Recording: currently unavailable.