Category Archives: Conference Updates

AFRN Conference 2023: Deadline extensions

Conference organisers are pleased to advise that the deadline for submission of abstracts and session proposals has been extended to June 30th. If you have already submitted an abstract, this will be reviewed at the end of May. You will receive a response on whether your abstract has been accepted in early June.

Please also note that you will need to register for the conference by August 31st to take advantage of the reduced early-bird rate.

AFRN Conference 2023: Accommodation suggestions

AFRN and the organising committee have no affiliation with the following accommodation providers.

While the Agri-Food Research Network conference in Hobart is not until early December, conference organisers recommend that you book your accommodation early. During the busy summer months, reasonably priced accommodation can sell out months in advance.

The conference will be held at the Hedberg complex in the Hobart CBD on the corner of Campbell and Collins Street. It is easily walkable from most CBD accommodation.

We have listed below a few nearby accommodation options that are currently available from Dec 3-7

Higher end

Hotel Grand Chancellor – $272 per night

Sullivans Cove Apartments – $273 per night

Crowne Plaza – $249 per night

Movenpick Hotel – $277 per night


The Old Woolstore Apartment – $229 per night

Best Western Hobart – $230 per night

Travelodge Hotel – $221 per night

Allurity Hotel – $175 per night

Ibis Styles – $162 per night


Hobart Central YHA – $87 per night

AFRN Conference 2023: Registrations OPEN

Agrifooders, registration of the 2023 AFRN Conference in Tasmania is now open!

In classic AFRN style, the Conference Organisers have arranged an amazing pre-conference program and conference activities which are not to be missed. Details are as follows.

Please remember to book a place for these events when when registering if you are interested in attending them. Places are limited for some of these activities.

Details on pre-conference and conference activities

Pre-conference fieldtrip (4 December, 8.30am – 4pm)

In keeping with Agri-Food tradition there will be a pre-conference fieldtrip on Monday 4 December. We will be visiting the scenic Derwent Valley to the north of Hobart, one of Tasmania’s most diverse and fertile agricultural regions. The cost of the field trip is $110 and is capped at a maximum of 55 participants.

Our first stop will be the Westerway Raspberry Farm where we will hear about the farm’s history and farming practices. Being early December, there will be the opportunity to taste and purchase fresh raspberries as well as raspberry ice cream and their wide range of jams and preserves.

Our second and main stop for the day will be The Agrarian Kitchen located in the town of New Norfolk. With a commitment to serving organic food sourced where possible from their on-site vegetable garden, The Agrarian Kitchen showcases some of the freshest and finest locally sourced food and drink in Tasmania. On arrival, we will be given a tour of their garden. This will be followed by a three-course lunch with one matching wine. Please note that The Agrarian Kitchen is unable to accommodate for vegan, fodmap, kosher, paleo, keto, and dairy free/lactose free diets.

Welcome Reception (4 December, from 6.30pm)

Following the fieldtrip, a conference welcome reception will be held at the ‘Red Shed’, Hobart Brewing Company, located on the waterfront at 16 Evans Street. There will be a registration desk where you can collect your name badge and conference program. You can purchase a range of local beers, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar, and food is available from food trucks located on-site.

Trivia Night (5 December, from 6.30pm)

The famous Agri-Food Trivia Night will be held at the ‘Red Shed’, Hobart Brewing Company. You can purchase a range of local beers, wines, and non-alcoholic beverages from the bar, and food is available from food trucks located on-site.

Conference Dinner (6 December, from 6.30pm)

The conference dinner will be held at the Franklin Wharf Function Centre on the Hobart waterfront. The cost of the dinner is $85 for unwaged/retired/postgraduate participants and $100 for waged participants.

Save the Date: Australasian Agri-Food Research Network conference 2023

We are delighted to announce that the next Australasian Agri-Food Research Network conference will be held in Hobart/nipaluna, Tasmania/lutrawita from December 4-7, 2023.

Hosted by the University of Tasmania, the theme of the conference is: Place-Based Agri-Food Systems in a Time of Climate Crisis: Resilience, Resistance and Regeneration. As with previous conferences, there will be a pre-conference field trip on Monday December 4, a trivia night, and a conference dinner.

AFRN 2021 Symposium: Registration Open

‘New World, New Food?‘ AFRN 2021 Symposium
Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 10am – 12.30pm (AEDT)
Wednesday, 10 February 2021, 12.30pm – 4.00pm (AEDT)
Detailed program can be found on the registration page.

Online registration for the ‘New World, New Food?‘ AFRN 2021 Symposium is now open.

Please register through Eventbrite and spread the word! Registration is required as participants will be emailed the Zoom Meeting ID and password after registration closes on Monday 8 February. 

AFRN Symposium (9-10 Feb 2021) Call for Abstracts

Online Symposium Key Dates
Call for Abstracts Opens: 2 November 2020
Calls for Abstracts closes: 11 December 2020
Successful Abstract Announced: 18 December 2020

Registration Opens: 12 January 2021
Registration Closes: 8 February 2021

About the Symposium
The global coronavirus pandemic has prompted the inevitable deepening of interdisciplinary questions about the future trajectory of agri-food system transformations. Amidst the uncertainty, a central requirement for creating new possibilities remains – to nurture the work of Early Career Researchers (ERC’s) studying agri-food issues, the researchers and practitioners who will be driving this new food future. This online symposium reflects the longstanding goal of the AFRN to provide opportunities to deepen critical dialogue on a broad scope of agri-food issues across Australia and New Zealand, keeping us connected and (re)connected.

We invite submissions from RHD, postdoc and other ERC’s whose work broadly contributes to progressing the AFRN’s interest in multidisciplinary social, environmental and political-economic challenges affecting the future of food. This is an opportunity for ERC scholars to engage across the Tasman in discussion on their current research. Just one question guides the focus of the seminar:

What agri-food problem do you seek to solve, and in
doing so, how will agri-food futures be different?

Abstracts are to be 200-250 words in length, accompanied by the research title, researchers’ name and contact details. Researchers will be requested to identify the presentation format that they propose to use in the seminar, one of the following:

Traditional Presentation:
15 minute Zoom presentation followed by a 5 minute audience Q&A.

Podcast Dialogue:
Two ECR’s are matched based on research focus or findings. Both present their individual research (10 minutes), then engage in a trans-Tasman dialogue about each others work

A rapid-fire, visually heavy presentation with 20 slides for 20 seconds each plus 3 minutes of Q&A

Abstracts or questions are to be directed to Rob Arcidiacono

Agri-Food XXVI: Early bird registration closing soon!

Early bird registration for Agri-Food XXVI is closing soon!

Here are two reasons to attend this year’s conference…

Want to know more about mahinga kai issues?
Join Mananui Ramsden on the field trip for a discussion. Here is his inspiring TEDxChristchurch presentation.

Be a part of the vibrant new scene in Christchurch at the Riverside Farmers Market
The market is part of the urban field trip for the conference.