Primary Industries Education Foundation

PIEFA Conference: "Food and fibre matters"

Canberra, 1-3 May 2016

Hotel Realm Canberra

PIEFA's world-first event will draw together national and international leaders in food and fibre education. The conference is at the Realm Hotel in Canberra from 1-3 May 2016 and its theme is 'Food and fibre matters'. [view program]

The conference includes stand-out national and international keynote speakers, workshops, lightning presentations, a trade area and networking events. These will combine to provide delegates with a deep understanding of what's working and why, as well as a large dose of inspiration.

Online registration and a prospectus for conference sponsors are now available, and details of the program will be provided soon. The cost is $350 per head for those who register by 29 February 2016, and $400 for registrations from 16 March 2016.

Who should attend?

Teachers and Educators: There are 168 compulsory examples of food and fibre production in the national curriculum. Gain access to the best resources in the country to help you implement them.

Industry: Find out how teachers and students are learning about food and fibre production and learn how your industry can build links with teachers to create meaningful engagement with students.

Government: Discover how you can implement food and fibre education at system level and experience a one-off opportunity to hear from five international experts in the field.

NOTE: Participating teachers will receive a certificate of attendance in accordance with the 'Proficient' standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Teachers who present a workshop session will receive a certificate in accordance with the 'Highly Accomplished' standards.

Your registration includes:

Conference sponsors

Rabo Bank (bronze sponsor)

Rabo Bank

Australian Wool Innovation (bronze sponsor)

Australian Wool Innovation

RuralBiz Training (supporter)

RuralBiz Training

Keynote speakers

Our 2016 conference will not only showcase the best Australia has to offer, but delegates will learn from the overseas experience. Five international keynote speakers are confirmed:

Rick Zenn

Rick Zenn, USA.

Rick Zenn is an internationally recognized environmental educator with more than 30 years professional experience in the field as a naturalist, teacher, program manager, non-profit leader, and consultant. Zenn is the first Senior Fellow at the World Forestry Center appointed in 2009 after serving as the center's popular education director for nearly 20 years. Today, Zenn leads the national and international education and outreach initiatives of the Portland-based non-profit organization focusing on partnerships, training, and institutional development. He serves as advisor to the President and CEO, senior managers, as well as to the director and forest researchers in the center's World Forest Institute (WFI).

Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay, Education Manager, Royal Highland Education Trust, Scotland.

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) was established in 1999 as the educational charity of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. RHET aims to provide the opportunity for every child in Scotland to learn about food, farming and the countryside, and to create a wider understanding of the environmental, economic and social realities of rural Scotland.

Jay Jackman

Jay Jackman, Executive Director, National Association of Agricultural Educators, United States.

The National Association of Agricultural Educators is a federation of state agricultural educators associations. Members are involved in school-based agricultural education at any level, from middle school through postsecondary, and state and national agricultural education leaders. NAAE advocates for agricultural education, provides professional development for agricultural educators, and works to recruit and retain agricultural educators in the profession.

Andy Somerville

Andy Somerville, Chief Executive Officer, Primary Industries Capacity Alliance (PICA), New Zealand.

PICA is a growing collaboration between New Zealand Young Farmers, DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb New Zealand, Primary ITO, Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Ministry for Primary Industries, Lincoln University, Aoraki Polytechnic, Forest Owners' Association and the Foundation for Arable Research, set up to develop and implement a capability strategy for the wider primary industries.

Susumu Takakuwa

Dr. Susumu Takakuwa, Emeritus Professor, Kyoto Women's University, Japan.

He is actively involved in teaching environmental education, earth studies and education for sustainable development at several universities and is currently researching the history and cultural significance of the native "Cryptomeria japonica" tree in Satoyama, Japan.Food and fibre related education programs for early childhood and primary teachers studying at the Kyoto Women's University have also been developed. Dr. Takakuwa is widely published and has presented papers widely across a range of areas including environmental education, ecology, compost production from food waste, charcoal production, sustainable food production, and the history of the Japanese cedar tree.