Registrations are now open for the Nuffield Australia National Conference, the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It’s a flagship event, offering a meeting point for Scholars, Investors and the broader agriculture industry. Click on the "Book Now" tab at the top of the screen to register your place.
Join us in Melbourne, Australia’s cosmopolitan and exciting culinary capital.
The theme is 'Produce Change', inspired and encouraged by both the successes of Nuffield Scholars who are redefining agriculture in an age of unprecedented technological advances and globalisation.
Producing change goes straight to the heart of what we do at Nuffield. Scholars research and deliver practical change that adds real value to farm businesses and the Australian community more broadly.
Over 25 Scholars will present the findings of their scholarship studies, and themes include:
The opportunity exists for your organisation to partner with Nuffield for the National Conference in Victoria, Australia’s largest and strongest producing agricultural state. Melbourne is also the culinary capital of the country, a rich and diverse destination for the alumni, industry investors, conference partners and a broadening array of industry attendees.
The conference offers a unique opportunity for organisations to highlight and promote products and services to a highly targeted and engaged national agricultural industry audience.
This event has continued to grow over the last five years, with registrations reaching 360 attendees in 2016 and a similar number participating in 2017.
We look forward to welcoming you as a Nuffield Australia National Conference Partner in 2018.
In 2018, the National Conference will open with the stylish and distinguished Annual Awards Dinner on the first evening. Here the new 2019 Nuffield Scholars are formally announced, introducing the newest group of emerging leaders in Australian agriculture and agribusiness to industry and the Nuffield Alumni.
In addition to the presenting Scholars, the National Conference will also feature a strong program of additional speakers, providing the most current and up to date insights on agricultural commodities, practices, innovation and technology.
The 2018 National Conference will continue with a new session titled, ‘Where are they now?’ Introduced in 2017, this session will focus on extraordinary members of the Nuffield Alumni who will present and share stories and experiences since completing their scholarship. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges faced along the way, what this taught them and how the Nuffield experience has contributed to their success. Speakers include:
Peter and partner Elaine have two farming properties, milking 1,100 cows in Walcha Dairy (NSW) and Karoola Station (Guyra, NSW). They also run Notman Pasture Seeds, improving productivity and efficiency through enhanced growth in the paddock throughout Victoria and NSW. It has grown from a small business operating out of a tractor shed on the family farm to a large business working with hundreds of farmers annually to improve their pasture and crop potentials. Peter is a 1997 Scholar who focused on efficient dairy production, plant improvement and pasture management programs. Today, Peter is invited as guest speaker to agricultural events internationally, including Asia, Europe and New Zealand.
Michael and partner Victoria are based at Winchelsea and their business includes beef cattle, Speckle Park Cattle stud, ostrich farming and agritourism. 'Hastings Ostrich Services' has been a pioneer and leader in the Australian ostrich industry for over 25 years. It manages over 3,000 birds and is now the last commercial ostrich farm in Australia from the original 3,000. They export meat to EU, USA, Canada and Japan and also skins to all majors purchasing countries as either wet salted, crust or finished. Live ostrich and eggs have been exported routinely as breeding stock. Michael completed his university honours thesis on ostrich farming, which went on to be published as a book in 1991. For his scholarship, he studied the use of producer structures and marketing tools to achieve better supply chain management and price stability.
Among the 2017 Nuffield Scholar presentations are:
Following the formal close of the conference on Thursday, 20 September, delegates can attend a social evening at the Bavarian Cafe at the base of Eureka Tower in Southbank. This function will provide an elegant and relaxed space for delegates, family and friends of Nuffield and a chance to unwind after conference week formalities.
The post-conference regional tour will stimulate those keen to understand primary production in Victoria with a focus on horticulture, viticulture, dairy and grains. Visits include:
The tour will travel north from the Yarra Valley to Shepparton in the Goulburn Valley. Shepparton is the fourth largest provincial centre in Victoria. The Goulburn Valley is often referred to as the "Food Bowl of Australia" as around 25% of the total value of Victoria's agricultural production is generated in this area.
Registrations are now open!
In the words of attendees from our 2017 National Conference in Darwin:
Note: Regional tour rates include two nights twin share apartment accommodation in Sheparton with continental breakfast, all transportation - departing Melbourne CBD on Friday morning and returning to Tullamarine Airport on Sunday morning - main meals and all tours.
Cancellation refund policy: Before 15th August – 75% refund. Between 15th-30th August – 50% refund. After 1st September - no refund.
All events and functions must be pre-paid in advance.
Registrations must be pre-paid with a credit card, in Australian Dollars.
Bookings will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are limitations on bookings, particularly for the regional tour.
Nuffield Australia will not be responsible for any medical expenses, loss or accidents incurred during the event.
The conference is being held at Crown Metropol and there is now limited accommodation availability during conference week. However, there are a number of alternative options within walking distance, including:
Three options for consideration are:
During spring average temperatures range from 10 - 20°C. The season is known as the most variable of the year, when weather can quickly change from calm and sunny to cold and windy – so pack a jacket and your umbrella! More information here.
Spring certainly arrives with a flourish in Melbourne. September in the city offers good food experiences and festivals, live music, spring fashion events, the AFL Finals Series and Spring Racing Carnival. There is no better time to visit this convenient and exciting city. For those wishing to explore, click through to the 'Visit Melbourne' website here.
Some ideas might include:
If you have any questions, please contact Nuffield Program Operations Manager Nicola Raymond by emailing here