ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

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Welcome to the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products

The Australian food industry, and the fresh produce sector in particular, offers enormous opportunities for growth and diversification through development of innovative new products that are convenient, affordable, healthy and, of course, safe.

The Training Centre will develop innovative, 'industry-savvy' researchers who will contribute to the development of the fresh produce sector through new products with improved shelf life and sensory quality.  A suite of horticulture, food science, market analysis projects relevant to the horticultural supply chains of Woolworths supermarket will be undertaken. Researcher training, integrating formal course-work and workplace-integrated learning, with traditional  project-based research, will deliver research professionals who understand food product innovation and have a trans-disciplinary approach to delivering products that satisfy market demand.

­The objectives of the Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme are to:

  1. Foster opportunities for Higher Degree by Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows to pursue industrial research training
  2. Enhance competitive research through collaboration between universities and organisations outside the Australian higher education sector; and
  3. Strengthen Australia's industrial science skills base to support the needs of future and transforming industries and other research end-users

View current research projects


News and Positions Available

News

UPCOMING WORKSHOP ON TECHNOLOGY FOR FOOD AND MEDICAL APPLICATIONS

The ARC Training Centre for the Australian Food Processing Industry in the 21st Century is running Advances in Biotechnology for Food and Medical Applications Workshop from October 5-7. This workshop will provide fora for discussions on new strategies for biotechnology, microbiology and nanotechnologies for production of food and medical applications.

NEW INVESTMENT FOR THE TASMANIAN VEGETABLE INDUSTRY

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) has invested in communicating the latest research to the Tasmanian vegetable industry. The project contracted by RMCG, aims to bring together the local growers, agronomists, advisers and researchers together to ensure members of the supply chain receive targeted information including production benchmarking, markets, value-adding, innovation and new technologies. View press release.

TRAINING CENTRE VISITS INDUSTRY

Staff, post docs and students from the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products visited our major industry partner Woolworths in Sydney. The team saw how the distribution centre received, sorted and delivered produce to the stores, visited two new Woolworths store formats and discussed with Woolworths the practical application and opportunities within each ARC Training Centre project.

The ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products staff and students at Woolworths distribution centre in Minchinbury, Sydney
TRAINING CENTRE LAUNCH

The ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products was officially launched 14 December 2015 at Government House by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania. View press release.

Official Launch of the Training Centre

Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Kate Warner, AM, Governor of Tasmania (right) at the Official Launch of the Training Centre shown with Centre Manager Dr Sue Pepper (Left) and Centre Director Associate Professor Tom Ross (Centre).

Positions Available

UPDATE

We wish to advise that we are still seeking a PhD candidate position with an interest in packaging of fruit and vegetables.

Candidates should have completed a relevant Masters degree with a major in packaging or a first class honours degree with a major in packaging science. All inquiries should be made to Associate Professor Tom Ross on 03 6226 6382 or by email (tom.ross@utas.edu.au).

All of the remainder of our PhD candidate positions and our postdoctoral positions have now been filled.