Australia’s Food and Beverage Accelerator (FaBA) is a $160 million initiative to boost growth and innovation in the food and beverage manufacturing sector. Part of the Federal Government’s Trailblazer Program, FaBA leverages $50m of government investment with more than $110m from universities and industry. Partners work across four areas:

  • Innovative Ingredients
  • Premium Food and Beverage Products
  • Innovation Pathways - FaBA Training Centre.

A national initiative, FaBA provides F&B manufacturers access to research teams, next generation industry professionals, state-of-the-art equipment and pilot facilities. FaBA is proudly hosted by The University of Queensland, in collaboration with participants QUT, UniSQ and UniQuest. The seminar will provide an overview of the Food and Beverage Accelerator and the opportunities it offers for industry-research collaboration.

Dr Mobashwer Alam headshotDr Chris Downs

He is President and Chair of IFT (Institute of Food Technologists), USA, which has more than 12,000 industry, government and researcher members from around the world. Prior to joining FaBA, Chris was General Manager, Crop & Food Science at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Dr Chris Downs, Director, Food and Beverage Accelerator, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation E: c.downs@uq.edu.au

For any questions, please contact the QAAFI Science Seminar Committee.


About Science Seminars

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation hosts science seminars across the disciplines of animal, horticulture, crop, food and nutritional sciences.

With a range of speakers from Australia and abroad, the series explores how high-impact science will significantly improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the tropical and sub-tropical food, fibre and agribusiness sectors.

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The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation is a research institute at The University of Queensland supported by the Queensland Government via the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.


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