Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne
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The global demand for protein is increasing, and meeting this demand is an essential aspect of food security. Simultaneously, traditional agriculture is reaching production and sustainability limits.
A new protein production landscape is rapidly evolving to meet this demand. This includes cell-based and plant-based products, with strong interest from manufacturers, incubators, non-profits and academia, and funding from both the industry and venture capital seed and growth firms.
Plant-based burgers are increasingly common in food service (restaurants, cafes, takeaway) and on supermarket shelves, and there is also potential for burgers to be made from cultivated meat, algae or other cells.
In this Dean’s Research Seminar for the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, leading meat scientist Professor Robyn Warner will discuss the science challenges around the nutritional value, sustainability and consumer acceptance of the “burger of the future”, whether it is produced from meat, plants or cells.
Professor Warner leads the Future Food Hallmark Research Initiative, a multi-disciplinary, University of Melbourne-funded project applying a wide range of disciplines to alternative protein production.
She will draw on the major research themes of the project, including human nutrition, lifecycle analysis and water footprints, food science and engineering, consumer science, food policy and labelling to discuss how we may produce the meat, and ‘meat’, of the future.
Traditional models of educating school children in Australia have seen significant changes in recent years. Buoyed by growing inner-urban residential populations and land scarcity, several cities around the country have adopted a campus model with a long history in Europe, Asia and America: vertical schools. And while a shift to digital learning has been underway for some years, COVID-19 has escalated the use of online methods to deliver teaching and learning in ways previously unimagined.
What does all this mean for a country that can anticipate an additional one million students in the next two decades? Derek Scott (CEO and Principal, Haileybury) and Richard Leonard (Director, Hayball, whose projects include South Melbourne Primary School and Richmond High School) will discuss with Associate Professor Clare Newton what the future of learning might look like for our children.