A bold step in the history of the Horizon Scholarship Program

27.07.20

The Horizon Scholarship has always been about innovation, ingenuity, connection and creativity. So, this year we decided to do something different and got creative with the delivery of the annual Horizon Workshop in a COVID-19 environment.

Since 2010, the Horizon Scholarship Program has been integral to developing the emerging leaders of Australian agriculture by taking the best and the brightest university students and offering a “money can’t buy” experience for personal development, growth, networking and new horizons.

A key component of the Horizon Scholarship Program has always been the annual four-day workshop, where all scholars come together. The aim of the workshop is to give the scholars the opportunity to connect with each other face to face, build crucial leadership and career-readiness skills, explore industry issues, and challenge their thinking.

The 2020 Horizon Workshop was set to take place in Albury, NSW from 13-17 July as part of the AgriFutures Stakeholder Summit. However, due to the adverse impacts of COVID-19 and the introduction of government restrictions on travel as well as gathering sizes, the workshop was cancelled.

In light of this, AgriFutures Australia has engaged the help of Bryce Ives, who has been facilitating the Horizon Workshop since 2010, to create a ‘virtual’ program for the scholars that will still give them the opportunity to connect with each other and industry, build crucial leadership skills, challenge their thinking and provide personal and professional growth.

Delivered over eight weeks via Zoom, the Horizon Virtual Summit will focus on a range of themes that have been purposefully curated to explore the story of the agricultural landscape, both in Australia and globally. Through a series of panel discussions, fire-side chats, workshops and keynote speakers, scholars will be exploring the challenges and opportunities in Australian agriculture, emerging food industries, innovation and agtech, community trust and building industry networks.

In partnership with a range of industry sponsors, the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative to help grow and support the next generation of leaders, game changers and thought makers in agriculture. We would like to thank our current sponsors for their ongoing support.

2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship sponsors: Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC), the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA), Australian Eggs, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Dairy Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Hort Innovation, Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC), McCaughey Memorial Institute, AgriFutures Rice Extension Program and AgriFutures Australia.