25 – 28 October 2022 | Singapore & Virtual

Global Agri-Food
Scientific Symposium

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Date & Time:

01 November 2023 (Wed) 9:00am – 5:30pm
02 November 2023 (Thurs) 9:00am-5:30pm



Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Hall C

The Global Agri-food Scientific Symposium is organized by Singapore Food Agency as part of the Singapore International Agri-food Week 2023. This flagship scientific event aims to showcase cutting edge research innovations for urban cities and establish a collaborative and Promote synergies and collaborations in our food research ecosystem.

Programme Agenda DAY 1

Theme 1:
Resilient and Sustainable Urban Food Systems

Keynote topics

New knowledge on the ecosystem role of bacteria to make intensive aquaculture more sustainable​
– Prof Patrick Sorgeloos, Emeritus Professor of Aquaculture

The power of plant genetics technologies to build sustainable and efficient urban food production systems
– Dr Nitza Kardish, CEO Trendlines Pte Ltd

Technical Presentations

Genetic Improvement of Indoor Farming Crops
– Prof Yu Hao, NUS

Vertical Farming – The sky is the limit?
– Prof Leo Marcelis, WUR

Formulating Functional Fish Feeds Through Microencapsulation Technologies
– Prof Joachim Loo, NTU

How microorganisms contribute to a resilient aquaculture environment?
– Prof He Jianzhong, NUS

Panel Discussion

Sustainable Use of Planet’s Resources to Deliver Nutrient-dense Food:
What is the role of technology in crops/fish improvement and farming system efficiency?

  • Prof Hong Luo, Professor of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University
  • Prof. Leo Marcelis, Head of chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University (WUR)
  • Prof Roberto Parra, Research Professor at Tec Monterrey
  • Prof Yu Hao, Provost Chair Professor & Head of the Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

Moderator: Dr Azlinda Anwar, Director (Grants & IP Administration) & Coordinating Director, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory

Theme 2:
Transformation of Future Food System

Keynote topics

Supercharging the Global Food Bowl with Alternative Protein Solutions
– Dr Maryann Augustin, Chief Research Scientist from CSIRO

Asia’s sustainable food policy strategy and the role of alternative protein science
– Ms Doris Lee, CEO of GFI Consultancy

Technical Presentations

The state of art in global cultivated meat research
– Dr Deepak Choudhury, BTI, A*STAR

Development of Cultivated Adipocytes from Fish Species as Alternative Fats
– Dr Shigeki Sugii, IMCB, A*STAR

Alternative Protein Development Platform (APDP): For lab to pilot scale
– Dr Melanie Weingarten, SIFBI, A*STAR

Highly Efficient Microbial Methane Conversion for Single Cell Protein Production using Pressurized Bioreactor
Dr Jamie Hinks, NTU

Effects of microbial transglutaminase on the functional and structural properties of brown rice and pea protein isolate blends
– Dr Juan Du, SIT

Panel Discussion

Building an effective scientific innovation ecosystem for future food:
When it comes to future food systems in the Asia Pacific, how can international scientific collaboration be best supported and utilized?

What types of partnerships needs to be formed, what are the major barriers currently, and where are the biggest potential wins?

  • Dr Iris Haberkorn, Senior Scientist at Singapore-ETH Centre
  • Mr Mathys Boeren, CEO of Asia Sustainable Food Platform
  • Prof Michelle Colgrave: Head of the Future Proteins Mission at Australia’s CSIRO
  • Dr Raffael Osen, Group Leader, Food Process Engineering at A*STAR’s Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation

Moderator: A/Prof Susanna Leong: Vice President (Applied Research), Singapore Institute of Technology

PROGRAMME AGENDA Day 1 programme
REGISTRATION 9:00am - 9:30am
(30 min)
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM
(10 min)
Opening Address By Guest Of Honour
9:40 AM - 10:10 AM
(30 min)
Opening Keynote
10:10 AM - 10:30 AM
(20 min)
Sharing by The Liveability Challenge (TLC) 2023 Food And Nutrition Track Winner
10:30 AM - 11:00AM
(30 min)
Tea Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
(30 min)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
(60 min)
Technical Presentations (incl. Q&A)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
(90 Min)
Lunch & Networking
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
(60 Min)
3:00pm - 4:00 PM
(60 Min)
Technical Presentations (incl. Q&A)
4:00PM - 4:40 PM
(40 Min)
Tea Break
4:40pm - 5:30PM
(50 Min)
Panel Discussion

Programme Agenda DAY 2

PROGRAMME AGENDA Day 2 programme
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
(90 Min)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
(30 Min)
Tea Break
11:00 AM - 12:20PM
(80 Min)
Technical Presentations (Incl. Q & A)
12:30PM - 2:00PM
(90 Min)
Lunch & Networking
2:00PM - 3:00 PM
(60 Min)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
(60 Min)
Technical Presentations (incl. Q&A)
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
(30 Min)
Tea Break
4:30 PM - 5:20 PM
(50 Min)
Panel Discussion
5:20 PM - 5:30 PM
(10 Min)
Closing Address by IHL Chair
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
(90 Min)
Evening Cocktail

Poster PANEL submission

Speaker 2023 Lineup

Albert Tacon

Founder and Technical Director,
AquaHana LLC

Alexander Mathys

Dep. of Health Sciences and Technology, 
ETH Zurich

Bertil Andersson

Emeritus Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 
National Research Foundation (NRF) Board Member and Advisor to NRF


Chew Fook Tim

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

Christian Phillipsen

Managing Director, BENEO Asia-Pacific

Christiani Jeyakumar Henry

Deputy Executive Director, Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI), A*STAR

Dean Jerry

Director of ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding and Supercharging Tropical Aquaculture through Genetic Solutions

Han-Ching Wang

Department of Biotechnology and Bioindustry Sciences, National Cheng Kung University

Huang Dejian

Professor, Deputy Head of Department, Department of Food Science & Technology, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Lee Chee Wee

Centre For Aquaculture Research, Innovation and Education, Nanyang Technological University

Mark Post

Maastricht University 
Chief Scientific Officer and 
Co-founder of Mosa Meat

Miao Yansong

Associate Professor,
School of Biological Sciences, Nanyang Technological University

Richard Visser

Department of Plant Breeding, Wageningen University


Ritu Bhalla

Assistant Director,
Republic Polytechnic

Sanjay Swarup

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, National University of Singapore

Shaun Sim

Senior Research Fellow, Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI), A*STAR

Warren Lee

Senior Nutrition and Food Systems Officer, Food Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) 

Verena Tan

Assistant Professor, Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)

Vivek Jadhav

Founder/CEO, Precede

Urano Daisuke

Principal Investigator, 
Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory

Raffael Osen

Group Leader, 
Food Process Engineering,
Singapore Institute of Food and Biotechnology Innovation (SIFBI), A* Star

Yue Gen Hua

Senior Principal Investigator,
Temasek Lifesciences Laboratory

Xing Wang Deng

School of Advanced Agricultural Sciences, 
Peking University

Liz Specht

Vice President of Science and Technology, The Good Food Institute

Max Rye

Co-founder of Turtletree Labs

Carrie Chan

CEO & Co-founder, Avant

Rachelle Jensen

CEO, Luminis Water Technologies

*Agenda, speakers and panelists are subjected to changes


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