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Brain Dates at Hort Connections

Have a face-to-face, one-on-one discussion with a subject matter expert

Hort Innovation is introducing Brain Dates at our Hort Connections stand this year. Sit down for a cuppa and a one-on-one chat with the people closest to the topics and investments you care about.

Booking your one-on-one session is easy:

  • Read about the subject matter expert and the topic they are discussing
  • Book the session that appeals to you by using the booking form lower down on this page.

We will respond with confirmation of your booking



 

The brains and their topics

Read about the subject matter experts and the topics they will be discussing
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Future smart farms and future food systems

Dr Alok Kumar, Business Development Manager, Hort Frontiers

Alok manages the Hort Frontiers Advanced Production Systems Fund, Fruit Fly Fund, Heathy Food Fund and Pollination Fund. He develops strategic translational investments with co-investment partners deploying state of the art and cutting-edge technologies to prepare the Australian horticulture industry for 2030.

Alok will be discussing the development of future smart farms and future food systems through cross-industry programs.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 11.00am and 12.00pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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All things marketing

Elisa King, Marketing Team Lead, Hort Innovation

Elisa heads a large and diversely skilled team to deliver positive outcomes for industry through the development and implementation of mid- to large-scale insight-led marketing programs.

Elisa will be discussing everything you would like to know about marketing – from what’s going on in the Australian media landscape to the latest social media algorithm changes, public relations, events or anything else anything else that you'd like to know about marketing.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 11.00am and 12.00pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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Hort Innovation's minor use and chemical program

Jodie Pedrana, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Jodie manages Hort Innovation’s minor use and chemical program. She supports the submission of applications for new and renewed minor use permits for the horticulture industry, as well as data generation activities to support chemical permits and registrations. These efforts provide industry access to safe and effective chemicals for the management of pests, weeds and diseases.

Jodie will be discussing the minor use and chemicals program – what it's about and how it works – and can provide you with information and advice on minor use permits and the use of chemicals.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 11.00am and 12.00pm on Tuesday and 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday. Book it now

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Protecing horticulture from exotic and endemic threats

Dr Penny Measham, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Penny has extensive experience in horticultural R&D, and in her role at Hort Innovation, focuses on biosecurity, fruit fly (including the SITplus program) and market access. She works with Hort Innovation's trade team to provide technical advice. Penny is expert in developing collaborative R&D programs that benefit multiple industries.

Penny will be discussing how R&D is helping to protect horticultural production from exotic and endemic threats, and how that underpins international trade.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 11.00am and 12.00pm on Tuesday and 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday. Book it now

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Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook

Adam Briggs, Senior Analyst, Hort Innovation

Adam drives Hort Innovation’s Data & Insights function through management of the industry analysis R&D portfolio, undertaking investment analysis and supports the delivery of the Monitoring & Evaluation Framework.

Adam will be discussing the release of the new Australian Horticulture Statistics Handbook – the most comprehensive resource available for horticulture statistics including production, trade, supply and seasonality. This resource can help growers to quickly understand their industry production ‘on a page’ and continues to be utilised by a range of supply chain stakeholders, government and consultants. Find out the key performing categories, growth trends and plans for future development and evolution of this resource.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday and 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday. Book it now

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Supporting a strong biosecurity system for horticulture

Dr Jo Luck, Program Director, Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative

Jo is the Program Director for the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (www.pbri.com.au) leading the development of collaborative, cross-sectoral Plant Biosecurity research – a new model for RD&E investment.

Jo will be discussing biosecurity research ideas that benefit Australian horticulture that could be achieved more effectively by collaborating with other plant industries.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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Developing agri-tech solutions for the Australian apple industry

Dr Anthony Kachenko, General Manager Extension & Adoption, Hort Innovation
(Former R&D Lead, Hort Innovation)

As R&D Lead at Hort Innovation, Anthony headed the R&D team delivering innovation through research, development and extension programs for Australian horticulture producers. He also oversaw investments in technology including the role of automation on farm to drive efficiencies.

Anthony will be discussing a recent investment in the apple industry looking at flower counting and variable rate spraying that could be a game changer for the industry.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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The future of pollination

Ashley Zamek, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Ashley is the R&D Manager for the Hort Frontiers Pollination Fund. She works with the pollination-dependent horticultural industries to address the need for creating a sustainable and resilient horticultural sector through improved crop pollination services and options. Since the Pollination Fund was introduced three years ago, Hort Innovation has invested in the areas of European Honey Bee management, optimisation of crop pollination and development of alternate pollination options. Ashley also currently sits on the AgriFutures™ Honey Bee & Pollination Expert Advisory Panel to ensure cross-RDC collaboration and maximum project impact across all industries.

Ashley will be discussing Hort Innovation's investments for developing a resilient and prepared horticulture sector, European Honey Bee management, as well as the current state of pollination in Australia.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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Leveraging data with consumers

​Olivia Grey, Marketing Manager, Hort Innovation

Olivia manages marketing programs for the Apple and Pear Fund, Raspberry and Blackberry Fund and the Turf Fund. She is responsible for investment of the marketing levy of these funds to deliver positive outcomes for industry through the development and implementation of data- and insight-led marketing programs.

Olivia will be discussing how data and insights can be leveraged to develop, monitor and evaluate a marketing campaign.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday. Book it now

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Nutrition trends and opportunities

Jemma O’Hanlon, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Jemma is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Director of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Her passion lies in the world of nutrition, health and wellbeing.

Jemma will be discussing nutrition trends and opportunities for the Australian horticulture sector to innovate in the nutrition space.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Tuesday. Book it now

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New gene technologies and varieties

Dr Vino Rajandran, R&D Manager, Hort Innovation

Vino manages R&D for plant breeding and biotechnology investments at Hort Innovation. He is a molecular biologist by training, with a PhD in genetics. He is passionate about horticulture and technology, and how technology can drive future on-farm productivity, transform our production systems, enhance biosecurity, and create new tools for growers in horticulture.

Vino will be discussing how new varieties can drive farm productivity, and how new gene technologies can transform horticulture.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Wednesday. Book it now

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Developing growth strategies by understanding consumer sales and attitudinal data

Chanel Day, Director, Analytics, Nielsen

As Director of analytics, Chanel leads Nielsen's fresh industry pillar and is Nielsen's resident fresh expert. She works with clients across produce, meat, seafood, deli and bakery helping them to take advantage of trends within the fresh food space and develop winning strategies.

Melanie Norris, Senior Manager, Analytics, Nielsen

Melanie specialises in the analysis of fruit and vegetable consumption trends.

Chanel and Melanie will be discussing how growth strategies are developed by understanding consumer sales and attitudinal data. She will also provide insights on Homescan and a run through of the Harvest to Home, an analytics tool, developed by Nielsen and Hort Innovation, providing insight on marketing performance and shopper behaviour.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday. Book it now

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Attitudinal behaviour of consumers

Cori Hodge, Senior Consultant, Fiftyfive5

Cori works at one of Australia’s leading brand and research consultancies where he helps brands and organisations unlock growth through customer-led strategy. He has worked on a range of industries with Hort Innovation, including mushroom, summerfruit, pears, onions and blackberry and raspberry. He is a brand and positioning strategy expert and has a strong understanding of consumer trends and challenges.

Cori will be discussing attitudinal behaviour of consumers and some of the work that he has undertaken with Hort Innovation, explaining how it has helped understand consumer needs, opportunities for growth and informed business decisions.

When: 10-minute sessions are available between 10.30am and 11.30am on Wednesday. Book it now 

Hort Connections Brain Date booking form

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Select your Brain Date session

Tuesday 25 June 

11.00am to 12.00pm (10-minute sessions)

12.30pm to 1.30pm (10-minute sessions)

Wednesday 26 June 

10.30am to 11.30am (10-minute sessions)

12.30pm to 1.30pm (10-minute sessions)

 

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