Australia’s national science agency CSIRO is set to host the Protein Futures 2024 symposium in Sydney from 28 to 29 May.

The inaugural Protein Futures summit was held in June 2022 following the rollout of the organisation’s Protein Roadmap for Australia. CSIRO says the purpose of the event is to provide an open forum for leading protein and food innovators to discuss challenges and opportunities in the sector.

CSIRO positions Australia as well-placed to enhance existing animal and plant protein production due to the country’s status as a major producer and exporter of protein. With the global population estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, the resulting worldwide demand for protein opens up new growth opportunities for Australia’s agrifood industry.

Set over two days, the Protein Futures symposium will include:

  • Keynote speakers presenting on the pathway to scaling up Australia’s protein industry; discussing the National Protein Roadmap’s progress, and the path forwards for the complementary industry of plant, animal and novel proteins;
  • Expert presentations on current and future protein opportunities, consumers and nutrition, sustainability, and the value-add circular economy;
  • Discussion on investment through the venture science model, and the evolving collaborative protein ecosystem, plus start-up pitches;
  • Campfire panels on emerging topics; 
  • Networking functions. 

Speakers to attend the event include: Miruku; Vow; Harvest B; Cauldron Ferm; Eclipse; Food Recycle; Wide Open Agriculture; Humpty Doo Barramundi; GrainCorp; Australian Agricultural Company (AACo); Kraft Heinz; Bega Group; Food Standards Australia New Zealand; The University of Queensland; UNSW; Grain and legumes nutrition council; and the Australian Circular Ministerial Advisory Group.

CSIRO Protein Futures 2024
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In addition, the CSIRO Company Creation Team will showcase nine emerging protein startups at the pitch sessions. This is part of the CSIRO Venture Exchange Program, Future Food, a bi-lateral program between Australia and Singapore to help companies with a focus on future food to engage with the respective ecosystem to identify research collaboration opportunities and familiarise with market needs.

Those who wish to attend the Protein Futures symposium may register here

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