The University of Newcastle has recently unveiled a new initiative designed to link food industry businesses with academic researchers to develop solutions for complex problems in the food and beverage industry.
The Joint UON and Central Coast Food Innovation Cluster, which was launched on November 21 at the University’s Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah, brings together researchers from across multiple disciplines within the University of Newcastle, as well as government members and experts from within the regional food and beverage industry.
The Food Innovation Cluster will combine the diverse skills, backgrounds and expertise of its participants to ensure an innovative approach to addressing industry and community concerns, such as identifying new products for market; establishing new opportunities to export; and issues such as nutritional value and food additives. The cluster will also generate new ideas and create opportunities for research breakthroughs which can be applied to real life issues.
The Food Innovation Cluster will stage a number of networking events in 2014 where industry participants will be invited to put forward topics, themes or specific challenges for discussion.
The aim of the networking events will be to provide a forum for industry colleagues to discuss common challenges, share knowledge, and tap into the University’s research capabilities to develop practical solutions that allow the food and beverage industry to prosper.
Participation in the cluster is open to industry, government, members of UON and the wider community. For further information, please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/innovation/hubs-and-clusters/food/about