The 29th International Horticultural Congress | Sustaining Lives, Livelihoods and Landscapes | 17-22 August 2014
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Plenary Speakers

Monday 18 August 2014, 8.30am-10.00am

Sustaining Lives: Global Food Security

Julian Cribb

Julian Cribb is an author, journalist, editor and science communicator. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His internationally-acclaimed book, The Coming Famine explores the question of whether we can feed humanity through the mid-century peak in numbers and food demand.

Dr Shenggen Fan

Shenggen Fan (樊胜根) has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) since 2009. Dr Fan joined IFPRI in 1995 as a research fellow, conducting extensive research on pro-poor development strategies in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He led IFPRI’s program on public investment before becoming the director of the Institute’s Development Strategy and Governance Division in 2005. He has served as the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food and Nutrition Security since 2012. In 2014, Dr. Fan received the Hunger Hero Award from the World Food Programme in recognition of his commitment to and leadership in fighting hunger worldwide. Dr Fan received a PhD in applied economics from the University of Minnesota and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Nanjing Agricultural University in China.

Tuesday 19 August 2014, 8.30am-10.00am

Sustaining Lives: Plants for Health

Joanne Jamie

A/Prof Joanne Jamie is a Bioorganic/Medicinal Chemist and Deputy Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. As Co-Director of the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group, she has established collaborative research partnerships with Indigenous people on customary (traditional and contemporary) medicinal flora knowledge, for cultural preservation, healthcare and drug discovery. Her research group is committed to best ethical practice and capacity strengthening opportunities for medicinal, cultural, economic and educational purposes. Following requests from Indigenous elders, she has also established and is Co-Director of the National Indigenous Science Education Program, which is aimed at enhancing educational outcomes for Indigenous youth and communities. Her Indigenous partnerships have been recognised by several partnerships and community excellence awards and a 2011 Australian Learning Teaching and Council Award. A/Prof Jamie’s presentation is on traditional medicine partnerships – fostering two way exchange of knowledge, skills and capacity strengthening.

Tony Worsley

Tony Worsley is Professor of Behavioural Nutrition at Deakin University. He has held a number of professorial positions at universities in Australia and New Zealand as well as in CSIRO. He has been a member of the Australian Academy of Sciences’ Nutrition Committee; Co-Executive Editor of Appetite; and Foundation Co-Editor of the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He has 30 years’ experience in the evaluation of public health nutrition programs, and in the promotion and maintenance of food behaviour change. He has published widely in scientific and professional journals and has authored several books including Nutrition Promotion, Public Health Nutrition (with M Lawrence), Food People and Health, The Food System, The Use and Abuse of Vitamins, and the Body Owner’s Manual. His recent research projects include: The five country survey of consumers’ food risk perceptions; examination of gatekeeper behaviours in the obesogenic household; the taxonomy of consumers’ food knowledge; consumers’ knowledge of Australian agriculture; and a national survey of consumers’ cooking skills and interests.

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 8.30am-10.00am

Sustaining Landscapes: Greener Cities-Healthier Cities

Dr William Bird

Dr William Bird is a General Practitioner in the UK with a special interest in the promotion of outdoor physical activity. In 1995 he developed “Walking for Health” and “the Green Gym”, both British programmes that have got over 1 million people more active. In 2006-2011 he became Strategic Health Advisor to Natural England and developed the Natural Health Service together with the Department of Health. Intelligent Health is a Health IT Company, founded by William, that gets more people active using cutting edge technology and behaviour change. William has published papers in many journals and is currently co-editing the Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health published by Oxford University Press. In 2010 William was awarded the MBE for services to promote physical activity and health.

Malcolm Smith

Malcolm Smith is an architect, and the founding design director of the Integrated Urbanism Unit at Arup, London. Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Integrated Urbanism embeds integrated systems thinking into creative responses to human settlement. He is an Arup Fellow, and the global leader of Masterplanning and Urban Design. He leads a wide range of projects across the globe that have sustainable place making at their core, including the Abu Dhabi city plan update, the City of Tshwane (Pretoria) inner city plan, the Qatar National Food Resilience Programme, the post riot regeneration strategies in Tottenham, North London, the southern district of the City of Amsterdam. He is lectures around the world, most recently in Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Copenhagen, and the World Architecture Forum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has been an advisor to the Gore Foundation, USA and UN Habitat. He has been a visiting professor at Yale University in the USA, an invited contributor to the inaugural Global Humanitarian Forum and member of the UK's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). The title of Malcolm's keynote address is "Food forming places - horticulture and the contemporary city".

Wednesday 20 August 2014, 8.30am-10.00am

OECD Plenary: GMOs in Horticulture: Past, Present and Future

Gary Fitt

Dr Gary Fitt obtained his PhD from the University of Sydney and joined CSIRO as an Experimental Scientist in 1977. Dr Fitt advanced to the level of Senior Principal Research Scientist before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) in 1999. In 2008 he became the Deputy Chief of the CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences in Brisbane, the position he held until becoming the Director of the Biosecurity Flagship in 2012. He has extensive research experience in agricultural sustainability and has focussed on the study of Helicoverpa moth, one of the most damaging pests of Australian and global agriculture. His particular approach has been to understand the moth’s ecology as a foundation for more sustainable pest management. His research in insect movement, migration and host plant resistance has greatly assisted in the development of Helicoverpa resistance management strategies. He has published more than 100 refereed publications, and contributed to more than 20 books. He has held many positions, including Board Director of the Cotton Catchment Communities CRC and is currently Chair of the Science Advisory Body of the OECD Cooperative Research Program. He is an Adjunct Professor at both the University of New England and the University of Sydney.

Dennis Gonsalves

Dennis Gonsalves was born and raised on a sugar plantation in Kohala, Hawaii. He received his BS and MS degrees from University of Hawaii in 1965 and 1968, and PhD from University of California at Davis in 1972. Dennis worked at University of Florida from 1972-1977 and at Cornell University from 1977 to May 2002. He was appointed to one of Cornell’s endowed Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor positions in 1995. While at Cornell, Dennis maintained close research ties with the University of Hawaii and led the team that developed the virus-resistant transgenic papaya that saved the papaya industry from devastation by the papaya ringspot virus. He also led the successful effort to deregulate the transgenic papaya in Japan. Dennis returned home to Hawaii in 2002 to become the director of the USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo until he retired at the end of 2012.

Marc Van Montagu

Emeritus Prof. Marc Van Montagu is a pioneer in plant molecular biology. He is well known (with J. Schell) as the discoverer of the Ti-plasmid and the inventor of Agrobacterium tumefaciens transformation technology, now used worldwide to produce genetically engineered plants. He was Founding Member and Member of the Board of Directors of two Belgian biotech companies, spin-offs from his laboratory, Plant Genetic System (PGS) and CropDesign. At PGS he drove front-line innovations for biotech agriculture, such as plants resistant to insects or tolerant to more environmentally friendly herbicides. He has won numerous prizes amongst which the Japan Prize (1998) and the World Food Prize (2013). Currently, he is chairman of the Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), which contributes to awareness and capacity building through knowledge transfer in enabling technologies, international regulations and intellectual property rights, and the promotion of innovative research oriented to the needs of developing nations.

Friday 22 August 2014, 8.30am-10.00am

Sustaining Livelihoods: Management of Global Crises

Professor Koki Kanahama

Professor Koki Kanahama is Professor of the Laboratory of Horticultural Science at the Graduate School of Agriculture, Tohoku University, Japan. His area of expertise is in understanding physiological, anatomical & molecular mechanisms underlying the development of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Current research includes flower development of long-day crops such as baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata), prairie gentian (Eustoma grandiflorum) and ever-bearing strawberry plants, including molecular cloning and expression analysis of the flowering gene.

Dr Martin Hamer

Dr. Martin Hamer, chief executive officer of the International Centre for Sustainable Development at Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences, holds a masters degree in agricultural sciences and a PhD degree in soil sciences, where he investigated the transfer of pollutants from the soil into water, crops and the food chain respectively. After his PhD he received a scholarship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and worked for several years in the area of environmental sciences at the University of California in Riverside and at the Institute of Crop Science and Resource Conservation of the University of Bonn. Since 2005 he has coordinated several national and international projects in the area of food quality and safety, environmental risk management and sustainable agriculture focussing on the interaction between food production and the environment. Based on the experiences of the most recent food scandals, including the last EHEC outbreak (Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli) in Europe, Dr. Hamer and his team evaluated these scandals and organized different activities like workshops and cross boarder crises exercises in order to provide strategies to minimize the damage cause by these incidences.

Note: Additional speakers for the Plenary sessions will be added above as they are confirmed.