Speaker applications open for Seafood Directions conference 2022

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) has opened its call for speakers for the 2022 Seafood Directions Conference.

The biennial national conference will be held in Brisbane from 13-15 September and provides an exciting forum for national and international speakers to share their expertise around the theme: One Voice, One Future.

The conference program will feature more than 45 informative sessions highlighting essential issues, seafood trends, innovation and technology all approached with a focus on togetherness and harmonisation. Applications close on Monday 4 April 2022.

The conference will look at five important topics and speakers are asked to submit applications based on these areas.

Innovation and Technology – Exploring new ideas, concepts and approaches for growing and improving the Australian seafood industry.

Topics may include – Packaging and processing systems, machinery, fishing systems, traceability and information systems, robotics. 

The global consumer (including convenience & the supply chain) – We have the know how to produce and catch world class product, but how are consumer trends affecting our industry. Is the seafood industry keeping up with how we buy and eat seafood?

Topics may include – Packaging, convenience, marketing, branding, supply chain, e-commerce, consumer trends, traceability. 

Resource security – How is the industry being impacted by, and responding to, changing/evolving government policy setting and reforms.  How will we interact with the variety of users who seek to access the resource and the marine environment?  What strategies could we putting in place to ensure a viable and secure resource for years to come.

Topics may include – marine parks, fish status and stocks, aquatic and terrestrial aquaculture, The Blue Economy, land, water and environmental health, biosecurity, impacts of climate change, marine spatial planning, Impacts of government policy setting and reforms.

Wellness; from water to plate – Wellness, what is it? The sustainability of our fishing communities, mental health of our workers, human nutrition, animal welfare, environmental health. Wellness covers a multitude of issues faced by the seafood community, starting on the water, and finishing on the plate.

Topics may include – animal welfare, rural life, mental health, safety,  nutrition, workforce attraction and retention.

Energy & renewables – Energy – whether we are generating, or consuming energy, this topic will explore the seafood industry’s energy footprint.

Topics may include – offsets and emissions, green energy, future fuels, renewable energy, transitioning to renewables, oil and gas exploration, plastics and packaging.

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What happens next?

All submitted papers are reviewed by the conference committee after the closing of the call for speakers. Final notification of your application(s) acceptance into the Seafood Directions 2022 program will not occur until the week commencing 2 May 2022.

If you get stuck, need a hand, or have any questions, please email [email protected] or call 0417275529.

To find out about conference sponsorship options, contact SIA Business and Events Manager, Rosie Love