100 high school students from around Australia have been selected among the best and brightest across Australia to get a head-start on their journey to become the next generation of industry leaders at the University of New England this summer.
These students, from New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia were selected from a field of nearly 200 to attend UNE’s inaugural Generation2050: Project Feed the World conference in Armidale on 1-4 December.
Generation2050 participants will hear from Australia’s leading agronomy, animal science and agribusiness educators about what the future holds for students who take up the challenge in Agriculture, as well as take part in a number of practical activities and hands on visits to farms.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, the global population will have soared to over 9 billion people and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has estimated that around 70% more food and fibre will need to be produced by that time.
The Generation2050 students represent a bright new generation who will be responsible for overcoming the challenges of the future.
To be involved in Generation2050, year 10, 11 and 12 students from right across Australia were asked to submit their views on why they think Australian agriculture will be vital to feeding the world in 2050.
Amy Cosby from UNE’s School of Environmental and Rural Science says it is exciting to know that these students represent the future of the agricultural sector in Australia.
“We had so many strong and enthusiastic entries and it is wonderful to see so many bright young people who want to pursue careers in this sector,” Ms Cosby said.
“Generation2050 is about nurturing the passion these young adults have for the industry and providing them with the opportunity to interact with students from all around Australia who have a similar interest,” Ms Cosby said.
“It really is one of the most important industries in the world – without highly skilled professionals there is no way we could face the food challenges of the future.