Novel networking opportunities for Innovation Generation
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 14:30

Fancy drinking cocktails in the lush bamboo forest of Adelaide Zoo at twilight? Or how about a guided tour of historic Adelaide Oval, led by South Australian cricket head coach Darren Berry?

These are just some of the activities planned for this year's Innovation Generation conference, to be held in Adelaide on 9-10 July.

The annual conference, themed "Food security: obstacles and opportunities", is set to attract more than 150 delegates aged 18-40 years, giving young people working across all agricultural commodities the chance to have their say and contribute policy ideas.

GrainGrowers field officer Adam Logan, who is part of the team organising the conference, said Innovation Generation would bring together speakers that are leaders in their fields to challenge the views of delegates.

"In addition to all the serious stuff, attendees will be able to participate in some fun networking opportunities," Mr Logan said.

"They'll get to venture into Adelaide Zoo after hours to see pandas at feeding time," he said.

"Zoo keepers will show off some Australian animals for delegates to meet and pat — if attendees are up to the challenge."

Mr Logan said GrainGrowers was fortunate to have secured a tour of Adelaide Oval, led by Darren Berry.

"I think all of the cricket tragics will be looking forward to this one — I certainly am," he said.

"Darren is a former Australian cricketer and is currently coach of the South Australian team, the West End Redbacks. It will be great to meet him on his home turf at Adelaide Oval."

This year's conference is proudly supported by Grains Research and Development Corporation, John Deere, Best Environmental Technologies, Fairfax Agricultural Media, Agrimaster, Greenline Industries, Bayer, Farmoz, and the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics.

GrainGrowers is Australia's national, independent, member-based, financially sustainable, technically resourced, grain producer organisation. Membership is open to all Australian grain producers and is free until 30 June 2012.