AgCatalyst is CSIRO's premier showcase of the latest innovations and technologies in agriculture and food. AgCatalyst brings together representatives from business, peak industry bodies, producer groups, research funders and policy makers to explore opportunities to shape the future.

AgCatalyst 2016 at the Australian Technology Park

At AgCatalyst, attendees can examine the latest in digital technologies, data science and next generation genomics, delve into biologicals, materials science and new bioproducts, and discuss the latest developments in food science, precision agriculture and robotics.

More than 600 people attended CSIRO's inaugural AgCatalyst in December 2016 at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney.

Features of AgCatalyst 2016 included:

  • Let's innovate - working under the guidance of entrepreneurs, teams from research and industry outlined how they intend to address contemporary challenges and opportunities in agriculture

One of the many scientific innovations presented at Agcatalyst

  • The Next Big Thing - pitches from young CSIRO researchers on science and technology that will transform various agricultural industries over the next 5-10 years. From biological to nitrogen-fixing cereals, crop sensing and climate forecasting, these innovations were inspirational. Thomas Vanhercke won with his pitch on leaf oils
  • Innovation marketplace - almost forty booths displaying current research and technology meeting future challenges
  • It's all in the data - the top teams involved in a three-month data hackathon presented approaches to value-add a real farm dataset. Panel members: Adrian Turner, Data61; Chris Sounness, Birchip Cropping Group; Leanne Wiseman, Griffith University; and Jen Taylor, CSIRO
  • Innovation: who cares? - panel session.

[Music plays and CSIRO logo appears]

 

[Text appears: AgCatalyst 2016]

 

[Images flash through of people walking into and around the AgCatalyst show and milling around the booths and liquid being poured into glasses]

 

[Image changes to show a female standing at a podium and talking and then images flash through of people at the Ag Catalyst show again]

 

Female 1: Welcome to AgCatalyst 2016.

 

[Music plays and the image changes to show Dr. Larry Marshall standing on the podium and talking and text appears: Dr. Larry Marshall, Chief Executive, CSIRO]

 

Dr. Larry Marshall: CSIRO has a very long and proud history of working closely with agriculture and food. 

 

[Images flash through of a computer screen display, a side view of a male opening and shutting his mouth, and people talking in groups]

 

There are some amazing inventions on display and there’s a common theme that runs through all of the innovations and inventions that you see out here. 

 

[Images changes to show a variety of products at the AgCatalyst show]

 

They’re all the product of multi-disciplinary science. 

 

[Image changes to show Dr. Larry Marshall talking to the camera and then images move through of people in conversations at the AgCatalyst show]

 

We couldn’t do it if we were just doing Ag alone but when you do Ag and Food and Climate and Digital and Health

 

[Image changes to show Dr. Larry Marshall talking to the camera and then the image changes to show a side view of people entering a room]

 

you get amazing innovations at the intersection points.

 

[Image changes to show the people taking seats in the audience and then the image changes to show Male 1 on the stage talking to the audience]

 

Male 1: So I want you to challenge, just to think what if we can just make the oil not in the seed but in the entire plant.

 

[Camera zooms in on Male 1 talking to the audience]

 

If we can make the oil in leaves, the stems and the roots, even in tubers if you like.  Tubers such as potato, what would happen? 

 

[Camera zooms out to show Male 1 in front of a screen displaying a bottle of leaf oil]

 

Now this is no longer science fiction. 

 

[Camera zooms in to show Male 1 talking to the camera]

 

What you can see behind me is the world’s first bottle of leaf oil. 

 

[Image changes to show Male 2 on the stage talking to the audience and then the camera zooms in on Male 2]

 

Male 2:  And I think this is the kind of solution that we should go for because until we get to the point where we know what it is we want to do with the data, let’s not throw parts of the data out. 

 

[Images move through of a male looking at a piece of equipment and people in conversations at the AgCatalyst show and then the image changes to show John Manners talking to the camera and text appears: John Manners, Director, CSIRO, Agriculture and Food]

 

John Manners: Two things get me excited about this event, introducing new customers to what CSIRO is doing but also bringing CSIRO teams together across the country, so that we can develop new connections and synergies

 

[Image changes to show a view looking down on the AgCatalyst show from a mezzanine level and then the image changes to show people in conversation]

 

that create even better value products for customers into the future.

 

[Image changes to show Alexandra Gartmann talking to the camera and text appears: Alexandra Gartmann, Chair, Rural Bank]

 

Alexandra Gartmann: There’s a high level of energy and there’s a high level of ideation.  There’s people coming together talking about research and development that’s on the cusp as well as practitioners that are seeking those new ideas. 

 

[Images move through of people in conversation at the AgCatalyst show]

 

So, it’s really a fantastic forum to see what’s in the pipeline and also understand how it can be applied across Australia’s industry and environmental sectors.

 

[Image changes to show Female 2 talking to the camera and then the image shows a side view and then front view of Female 2 talking, looking at the screen behind her and looking out over the audience]

 

Female 2: We understand more and more about the relationships between agriculture and climate and we’re getting a better handle on how people are making decisions and how it can provide that information to help them make decisions. 

 

[Camera zooms in on Female 2 talking to the camera and then images move through of people in conversation at the AgCatalyst show]

 

So please, there’s a few climate booths, just outside the door. 

 

[Image changes to show Female 2 talking to the camera]

 

Come and see us and ask us some really hard questions and let’s get this happening.

 

[Music plays and images move through of people in conversation at the AgCatalyst show]

 

Peter Graham: I think there’s an absolute air of confidence around the venue here today

 

[Image changes to show Peter Graham talking to the camera and text appears: Peter Graham, Managing Director, Cotton Seed Distributors]

 

and a lot of young people, a lot of energy

 

[Images move through of people in conversations at the AgCatalyst show]

 

and a lot of people looking at how we can turn science into a product that’s going to really benefit the Australia economy.

 

[Image changes to show Male 3 on the stage talking to the audience]

 

Male 3: Now a lot of people say to me “Well, sheep are pretty dumb.  How the hell will we teach them to graze weeds?”  And I thought the same thing when I first heard this idea

 

[Camera zooms in on Male 3 talking to the audience]

 

but actually the more I’ve worked through the idea with people and the more I’ve read, it’s actually not going to be that hard. 

 

[Image changes to show Male 4 in front of a screen displaying “The Chameleon” talking to the audience]

 

Male 4: Each of those lights is connected to a sensor in the ground and the colour on the light tells you how wet the soil is. 

 

[Camera zooms in on Male 4 talking to the camera]

 

Blue is wet, red is dry, green is in between.

 

[Image changes to show Amy Logan talking to the camera and text appears: Amy Logan, Team Leader Dairy, CSIRO]

 

Amy Logan: Well, I came along today because I really wanted to be able to demonstrate some of our science. 

 

[Image changes and the camera zooms down from the roof to the AgCatalyst show on the floor]

 

And that’s looking at how food structuring can impact the health of food. 

 

[Images move through of people in conversation and then the image changes to show Amy Logan talking to the camera]

 

So, we’re really interested in how food is digested.  So, we’ve been talking to people both from industry and others from around CSIRO

 

[Image changes to show two males in conversation and then the camera zooms in on the males and then the image changes to show two females and a male in conversation]

 

and really starting to make those connections.

 

[Image changes to show a view looking down on the AgCatalyst show and then the image changes to show Nick Murphy talking to the camera and text appears: Nick Murphy, Ridley Corporation]

 

Nick Murphy: So much is changing and progressing with technology and science, almost on a daily basis now, that you can’t afford to just step out for a year and come back and check what’s happening at AgCatalyst ’17. 

[Image changes to show five people on the stage in front of the screen and then the camera zooms in on two of the males, one after the other]

 

You’ve just got to keep plugged in permanently. 

 

[Image changes to show Barb Grey talking to the camera and text appears: Barb Grey, Cotton Farmer, Mungindi]

 

Barb Grey:  It’s really good to step off the farm and hear about what is happening in R & D, not only in farming but across everything in Agriculture. If the general public came to something like this,

 

[Image changes to show one of the males seated on the stage and talking into a microphone]

 

they would be blown away by the capability of our researchers.

 

[Images move through of people in conversation at the AgCatalyst show and then the image changes back to show Barb Grey talking to the camera]

 

I’ve been in farming for 30 years and I come to occasions like this and I’m greatly encouraged that over the next decade there’s only one direction and that’s on the up and congratulations to the CSIRO

 

[Image changes to show a male at the podium and then the image changes to show Alexandra Gartmann seated next to a male on the stage and talking into a microphone]

 

for putting together AgCatalyst and bringing these researchers together and showcasing what they’re doing

 

[Image changes to show Barb Grey talking to the camera]

 

because it gives me great heart.

 

[Music plays and sponsors logos and text appears: Thank you to our sponsors]

 

[CSIRO logo and text appears: Australia’s innovation catalyst]

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