Emerging student leader to attend major agri-tech event

Published 06 February 2020

University of New England student Amellia Redfearn is one of six emerging leaders in agri-tech selected to attend evokeAG2020 – Asia Pacific’s largest agrifood tech event held in Melbourne on 18–19 February.

Sponsored by the Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology (CEAT), the scholarship recipients will have the chance to immerse themselves in innovation, connect with industry leaders and explore hot topics in global agri-tech.

Amellia, from North-west Sydney, is currently completing a PhD with a focus on maternal behaviour in ewes and how that relates to lamb survival. She is investigating the use of accelerometers to capture behavioural data as part of a research project led by CSIRO and supported by Meat and Livestock Australia within the Animal Welfare Strategic Partnership.

“Technology is the way forward. If we can integrate modern technology into traditional production practices, we could save time, increase efficiency, and improve animal welfare outcomes.”

The emerging leaders were selected for their passion and diverse interests within agri-tech, including agronomy, sustainable farming practice, and software engineering.

Each student will receive a travel fund and entry to the event, and attend a Young Leaders evening to network with other scholarship recipients and innovators in industry.

The 2020 evokeAG event is organised by AgriFutures Australia, and will position Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific’s agri-food tech industries on the global stage.

The Centre for Entrepreneurial Agri-Technology is a joint initiative of The Australian National University and CSIRO, supported by funding from the ACT Government.