The Nuffield Australia National Conference is the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It’s a flagship event, offering a meeting point for Scholars, Investors and the broader agriculture industry.
Join us as we host our National Conference 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 Australia Alumni who will present and share stories and experiences since completing their Nuffield 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. This includes:
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.
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 Belgian Beer 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 agricultural enthusiasts keen to understand primary production in Victoria. There will be a focus on beef production, horticulture, viticulture and lamb enterprises in Northern Victoria.
The tour will travel north from Melbourne towards the Goulburn Valley, passing through the Yarra Valley wine region. More details will be available in due course.
Registrations will open in mid-July.
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.
Nuffield Australia has arranged a group booking accommodation rate at Crown Metropol. The ultimate in contemporary luxury, these rooms feature specially commissioned works of art, bespoke fittings and designer furniture to deliver a truly unique hotel experience. All Luxe Rooms in Crown Metropol are configured with either one king bed or two queen beds. To book, contact Metropol Reservations Melbourne here or phone 03 9292 6211. Please quote “Nuffield Australia National Conference” to obtain the group rate.
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.
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