Australia’s first multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to tackling the nation’s and region’s biggest food security and environmental challenges through the integrated study of carbon, food and water, will be launched at a major event on Wednesday 6 March.
The Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council recommended in 2010 that national priority be given to understanding and mapping connections between energy, water, carbon, climate, agriculture, ecosystems, the economy and society, to ensure Australia’s future food security and ability to remain resilient in the face of future climate volatility.
The University of Sydney’s Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, funded by the federal government and the University, will answer this call, helping to ensure Australia’s future sustainability, as well as its potential to act as a regional leader in food production and land management.
The Centre has already attracted international interest with two agreements with leading Chinese institutions to be signed at the opening event. This collaboration between Australia and China follows a December 2012 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade report Feeding the Future, which identified China and Australia as potential productive partners to ease growing pressure on food supplies. It also follows several decades of collaboration already undertaken between University of Sydney researchers and Chinese colleagues from a multitude of institutions.
What: Launch of the University of Sydney’s Centre for Carbon, Water and Food
Where: Centre for Carbon, Water and Food, 380 Werombi Rd, Camden
When: 1.30pm, Wednesday 6 March, 2013