New Technologies to Feed the World

August 15, 2022

Webinar: How researchers, government and industry are collaborating to ensure Australia leads the world in food security using cutting-edge technology.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 12 noon AEST

From healthier snacks to more sustainable food production, advances in new technologies play a key role in helping improve global access to safe, secure and high-quality food.  

Getting fruits and vegetables from seed to plate is an obstacle course that involves navigating climate change, pests and diseases, soil and water pollution, desertification and ultimately high-level controls to ensure food is safe for consumption and export. For all of these challenges, nuclear science offers proven, effective solutions.

Nuclear applications in agriculture rely on the use of isotopes and radiation techniques to combat pests and diseases, increase crop production, protect land and water resources, ensure food safety and authenticity, and increase livestock production. 

In food science, nuclear science is at the forefront of developing healthier/lower fat foods and producing less digestible starches and oleogels, which are gels that attempt to replicate fat texture but without saturated fat.

Meet four food technology industry experts and hear how researchers, government and industry are collaborating to ensure Australia leads the world in food security using cutting-edge technology.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 12noon AEST


Professor Elliot Gilbert, an instrument scientist at ANSTO. Elliot also devised, initiated and leads the Food Science project that applies materials science approaches to examine structure-property-process relationships in food-based systems.

Associate Professor Karina Meredith is a Principal research scientist and currently leads the Environment Research Theme at ANSTO. Karina holds a PhD from the University of New South Wales in isotope hydrogeology and her work has taken her to some of the most remote and beautiful environments in the world.

Dr Barry McGookin is the General Manager, Innovation at Food Innovation Australia (FIAL). He’s spent 30 years in the food manufacturing industry and has held senior technical, innovation and commercial leadership roles in companies with key food manufacturing companies in Australia.

Dr Regine Stockmann is the Principal Research Scientist/Team Leader Food Technology at CSIRO Agriculture and Food.

Wednesday 14 September 2022 12noon AEST

This webinar is FREE to attend and registration is essential. Secure your spot by clicking the button above.

The ANSTO Innovation Series

The ANSTO Innovation Series is a virtual and hybrid meet-up that focuses on the key capacities of ANSTO’s people, partners and facilities and how they are meeting global challenges in sustainable industries, medicine, advanced manufacturing and in accelerating small business.

Delivered as a quarterly webinar, the ANSTO Innovation Series features an expert panel exploring the latest science, industry and start-up opportunities, including innovations in food, energy storage, nuclear medicine and health, engineering new materials and accelerating deep tech business.

The ANSTO Innovation Series is produced in partnership with STEM-specialist publishers, Refraction Media, publishers of Science Meets Business, and hosted by leading science journalist, Lee Constable.


The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is the home of Australia’s most significant national infrastructure for research. Thousands of scientists from industry and academia benefit from gaining access to state-of-the-art instruments every year.

ANSTO researchers work on global science and technology challenges, and operate landmark research infrastructure including one of the world’s most modern nuclear research reactors, OPAL; as well as a comprehensive suite of neutron beam instruments at the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering; the Australian Synchrotron; the National Imaging Facility Research Cyclotron; and the Centre for Accelerator Science. ANSTO also hosts the nandin innovation centre, one of Australia’s few deep technology hubs facilitating industry engagement and research translation.

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