Feed the World: Q&A panel and exhibition
Free Public Lecture
B117, Basement Theatre
Melbourne School of Design
Billions of people struggle every day to get enough food to meet their basic energy and nutrient requirements, while those of us in wealthy countries generally eat too much and waste huge amounts of food. Add the impacts of climate change and the situation looks grim. How can science, technology, and society work together to solve these interconnected problems?
An expert panel of researchers and activists from the university and not-for-profit sectors, including OzHarvest and World Vision will discuss how we might feed the world now and into the future, and answer your questions about the future of agriculture, food distribution, nutrition and consumption.
The panel will be followed by a reception with vegetarian food from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and displays and activities to inspire further conversation.
The panel will be moderated by Professor Uma Kothari, Director of the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester and Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Melbourne, and includes:
Ms Ronni Kahn CEO of food rescue charity OzHarvest
Professor Herbert Kronzucker Global agriculture researcher and Head, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne
Mr Tony Rinaudo Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Vision Australia
Dr Seona Candy Future city researcher, CRC for Low Carbon Living, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne
This event is part of the University of Melbourne's Science Festival.
Students, staff and the general public are all welcome to attend. Registrations required.
Mr Tony Rinaudo, World Vision Australia
Mr Tony Rinaudo
World Vision Australia
After gaining a Bachelor of Rural Science, Tony spent 18 years in Niger Republic as manager of Maradi Integrated Development Project (1981 to 1999) as an agriculturalist and missionary with ‘Serving in Mission’. He managed famine relief interventions and a long term rural development program which contributed to the reforestation of over five million hectares of land and today serves as an inspiration to regreening movements globally. Currently Tony is the Principal Natural Resources advisor for World Vision Australia, and is heavily involved in promotion of forestry and agro forestry initiatives within and external to World Vision globally.
Ms Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest
Ms Ronni Kahn
Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste; she started with one van in Sydney. After changing the law to make it safe for companies to donate surplus food, she has grown OzHarvest to be Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, opened the first rescued food supermarket and is now taking the unique food rescue model global. Ronni is a powerhouse in the fight against global food waste. OzHarvest partners annually with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue and is working with Government and key stakeholders to halve food waste nationally by 2030. The ripple effect of her commitment is fuelling action across the globe.
Professor Herbert J. Kronzucker, University of Melbourne
Professor Herbert J. Kronzucker
University of Melbourne
Professor Kronzucker pursued his undergraduate education at the University of Würzburg, Germany, in biology, chemistry, medicine, and the arts. A professionally trained violinist, he relocated to Canada in 1988 on a oneyear arts scholarship. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Germany, he returned to Canada in 1991 to pursue a Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of British Columbia. In 1996, Prof. Kronzucker joined the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, as a Rockefeller ‘Human Frontier’ Fellow, joining the mission of developing novel approaches to the study of nitrogen acquisition by tropicallowland rice, the world’s principal food crop. In 1998, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Western Ontario, and was recruited three years later by the University of Toronto, Canada’s leading research university. He was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007. Prof. Kronzucker is renowned for his studies on ion acquisition by trees and cereals, from cellular to ecosystem levels, with a focus on nitrogen dynamics, potassium relations, and salt toxicity. He has held a Canada Research Chair in Systems Biology of Plant Nutrition and Ion Transport, and established the Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research (CCWHR) at the University of Toronto, a multidisciplinary think tank and research base dedicated to addressing the challenge of world hunger through cuttingedge research. He served as its Director until moving to Australia in 2017. He has published >113 articles, including in the foremost international science journals (Nature, Nature Plants, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Trends in Plant Science), and his studies are covered in over 90 textbooks as well as the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (www.els.net). His work is ranked in the top 0.1% of his field and has been frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Christian Science Monitor, the Economic Times, the Times of India, and cover articles in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life Magazine. In 2017, he accepted the post of Head of School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Uma Kothari, University of Manchester
Professor Uma Kothari
University of Manchester
Uma Kothari is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. She is also the founder and coconvenor of the Manchester Migration Lab and is currently ViceChancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests include global development and humanitarianism and, migration, refugees and diasporas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism, a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration and an ESRCDFID Development Frontiers project on Environmental Violence and Everyday Conflict. She is currently researching Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism and, Refugee Perceptions of Home and Welcome. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She is an elected council member of the UK Development Studies Association and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is on the advisory board of In Place of War, a support system for community artistic, creative and cultural organisations in places of conflict, revolution and areas suffering the consequences of conflict. She is currently on the editorial board of Manchester University Press, Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, Third World Quarterly, Journal Fur Entwicklungspolitik (Austrian Journal of Development Research), Journal of International Development and coeditor of the Frontiers of Development book series published by Oxford University Press. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research in support of global development.