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Keynote speakers


Lucas Becker
Lucas Becker is the very enthusiastic team leader responsible for Grilo’s supply chain. His passion for health food brought him into the realm of edible insects—Grilo Protein’s website features the tagline: Crickets: The high protein food that chirps! Lucas is a surf lover, world traveller and trains in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to keep strengthening his mind and body.


Professor Clare Collins
Professor Collins is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences and Deputy Director, Priority Research Centre in Physical Activity and Nutrition, the University of Newcastle. She leads the largest team of research dietitians internationally in developing food and nutrition eHealth tools, programs and evaluating the impact on eating patterns and diet-related health across key life stages and chronic disease conditions. Professor Collins has published over 350 manuscripts and supervised 28 Higher Degree Research candidates to completion. Professor Clare Collins is a Fellow of the Dietitians Association of Australian (DAA). In 2018 she was awarded the DAA President’s Award for Innovation in Honour of the Memory of Josephine Rogers and in 2017 the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Researcher of the Year.

Prof Collins is a sought after media commentator. She is a regular guest of Dr Karl on TripleJ Science Hour and has presented for ABC Catalyst. She co-created the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), The Science of Weight Loss - Dispelling Diet Myths, has been completed by over 50,000 people across 180 countries. Professor Collins is the most read Australian author for The Conversation with over 80 articles and 8.5 million readers.


Dr Sandro Demaio
Dr Sandro Demaio is a medical doctor and globally-renowned public health expert and advocate. Sandro previously worked for the World Health Organization and was CEO of the EAT Foundation, the science-based, global platform for food-systems transformation. He also co-founded the NCDFREE global social movement (NCD = non-communicable disease), a global social movement against chronic disease that reached more than 2.5 million people in its first 18 months, and established a not-for-profit foundation to improve the health and nutrition of Australian kids. Sandro has published many scientific journal articles and is author of The Doctor’s Diet, a cookbook based on science and inspired by a love of good food. He also co-hosts the ABC television and Netflix show Ask the Doctor.


Andrew Fuller 
As a clinical psychologist, Andrew Fuller started working in psychiatric crisis teams with people who were at their last hopes and that inspired him to create with people futures they can fall in love with. His work with over 2000 schools and with more than 500 000 young people has identified the concept of The Resilient Mindset. As Andrew describes, resilience is ‘the happy knack of being able to bungy jump through the pitfalls of life—to rise above adversity and obstacles’. Andrew has recently been described as an ‘interesting mixture of Billy Connolly, Tim Winton and Frasier Crane’ and as someone who ‘puts the heart back into psychology’.


Dr Joel Gilmore  
Joel is a physicist, award-winning science communicator, and (most importantly) passionate food science nerd. He co-hosts Food Lab on SBS Food, where he talks about the science of the kitchen, and how we can use technology to create new and even more delicious foods. He has previously appeared on Catalyst, been interviewed for radio and in print, and currently hosts hilarious (he thinks) science segments on kids' science show Scope. He also provides advice to government and industry on transitioning Australia to a clean energy future, and in his spare time he sings, dances, hosts science comedy shows, and travels as much as he can - 55 countries and counting!


Dr Lee Hickey
Dr Hickey is a plant breeder and crop geneticist with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at the University of Queensland. He leads an innovative team conducting discovery and applied research on Australia’s most important cereal crops: wheat and barley. Lee is a prolific science communicator and his research findings have appeared in influential mainstream media outlets such as on the BBC’s World News, and in National Geographic and the New York Times.


Jessica Hill
Jess Hill is a Walkley award-winning investigative journalist who has been writing about domestic abuse since 2014. Prior to this, she was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. Her first book, See What You Made Me Do, is in stores now.


Professor Louwrens Hoffman
Professor Hoffman is a meat scientist with the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation at The University of Queensland. He specialises in factors that influence the meat quality and processing ability of exotic proteins such as meat from wild ungulates (hoofed animals) as well as from insects and lately, from lab-grown meat. Louw has been focusing some of his research on the partial replacement of meat in meat products with insect proteins, particularly the larvae of the black soldier fly, and also with non-animal proteins. He is fascinated by the application of basic cell physiology to the production of lab-grown meat.


Dr Nick Rose
Dr Nick Rose is a specialist in sustainable food systems. He is the Executive Director of Sustain: The Australian Food Network. Sustain’s mission is to design and build better food systems. Amongst other achievements, Sustain is the backbone organisation in two major food systems collective impact projects: Cardinia Food Circles and the Melbourne Food Hub. Nick is a Churchill Fellow, and is published widely. He is the editor of Fair Food: Stories from a Movement Changing the World as well as the co-editor of Reclaiming the Urban Commons: The past, present and future of food growing in Australian towns and cities.


Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM
Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM has been a public-health nutritionist for over 50 years. Her Order of Australia was awarded for her contributions to public health through nutrition and in 2019 she was awarded the Public Health Association's highest award, the Sidney Sax prize. Rosemary has authored many scientific papers, 33 books (including several textbooks) and over 3500 articles for the popular press. Her independent stance has also made her a popular media commentator.
Rosemary was a member of the working group for the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the Infant Feeding Guidelines and is currently a Visiting Fellow in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. She is also an invited member of the Scientific Committee for Doctors for the Environment and urges us to think more about our food—where it comes from, how to grow and prepare it, how it affects our health and how our choices impinge on climate change. Rosemary has a keen interest in the Lancet Series and has been heavily involved in responding to public criticism.
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