Agriculture is one of the earliest sciences developed by human society. Innovations in agriculture, or adopted by agriculture, allowed us to feed and clothe ourselves with less and less labour. Allowing people to diversify away from growing their own food enabled multiple leaps in creating our modern world.

Artificial intelligence and the data sciences are enabling ‘Agriculture 4.0’. In 2020, agrifood tech startups raised more than $30 billion in investment. Many of these innovations are deployed in agriculture research, supporting new sustainable solutions that keep us fed.

This month at BrisScience, Professor Scott Chapman will discuss the digital and predictive agriculture technologies that are studied at UQ.

Doors open at 6pm. Lecture commences at 6.30pm and will include an interactive Q&A session. Unfortunately we are currently unable to provide food and drinks after BrisScience.

Meet the presenter

Professor Scott Chapman is a crop physiologist working on genetic and environmental effects on the physiology of field crops, particularly in drought-affected regions.

He uses quantitative approaches (crop simulation and statistical methods) and phenotyping (aerial imaging by drones, etc.) to integrate the understanding of interactions of genetics, growth and development, and the bio-physical environment on crop yield.

In recent years, his collaborations have expanded more generally into various applications in digital agriculture from work on canopy temperature prediction for irrigation decisions through to applications using ‘deep fake’ image analysis to assist plant breeders.


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The livestream will be available to watch here from 6.30pm on Monday 8 November 2021.

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About BrisScience

BrisScience is a monthly lecture series that brings science out of the labs and to the people, making it accessible to all – from scientists, to scientists-at-heart.

Run by The University of Queensland, BrisScience has been delivering engaging lectures on diverse topics from local and international scientists for over a decade.

BrisScience speakers are leaders in their given fields and deliver dynamic presentations based on cutting-edge research.

The University of Queensland has been running BrisScience since 2005, bringing the best and brightest scientific minds to the people of Brisbane – from early career researchers to Nobel Laureates!

Time6:30pm to 7:30pm (light refreshments 7:30-8pm)
VenueThe Edge, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, South Bank
CostFree - Eventbrite ticket required


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