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“Growing the Business of Agriculture” Symposium

28th Sep 2017

This event is a one-day Symposium to explore growth paths for Australian agriculture.

Jointly sponsored by the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, a new strategic initiative of The University of Sydney, and the University of Sydney Business School, the Symposium brings together agri-producers, entrepreneurs, executives, financiers and policy makers. It will be held on Thursday, 28th September 2017 at The University of Sydney  Business School.

Symposium program 

In a challenging environment, growth matters more than ever. It makes it easier to fund new investments, attract great talent, and acquire assets. But it’s not easy to shift from cost-control to  expansion mode.

The Symposium will explore the following themes:

  • Understanding market-led growth strategies — growing customers, branding new products, teaming with supply chain partners, sourcing capital for growth
  • Envisioning the decade ahead — global and local trends driving the demand for agricultural products and services
  • Knowing the methods for growth — product innovation, mergers and acquisitions, key assets (including patents and brands), and special relationships up and down the supply chain
  • Exploring partnership models for sustaining top-line growth
  • Identifying the regulatory changes needed for sustainable growth
  • Learning how to get the balance right between risk and growth.

» Download the ‘Growing the Business of Agriculture’ Symposium Program PDF


Questions about the program, please contact:

Professor Eddie Anderson
Associate Dean (Research)
The University of Sydney Business School  

General enquiries should be directed to:

Kathryn McNulty
Senior Project Officer (Events)
The University of Sydney Business School




Lecture Theatre 1130, Level 1, Abercrombie Building (H70), The University of Sydney.

View map showing the location of the Business School Abercrombie Building (H70).


If you travelling by public transport in Sydney, you will require an Opal card

If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Redfern station which is approximately 12-14 min walk from the Business School.

If you are travelling by bus, you will need to alight on City Road, Darlington. Here is a link to the Sydney Buses network.


Parking in the vicinity of the Business School is fairly limited.

There are paid parking spots in Shepherd Street carpark (8 mins walk to Business School), and in two smaller carparks on campus near the Merewether Building.

There is some all-day street parking on Wilson Street near Carriageworks (5 mins walk to Business School), but spaces are limited.

Street parking in the area is mostly restricted to 1 or 2 hours.


Attendees coming from out of Sydney will pay for their own travel and accommodation. The following hotels are within walking distance of the Business School: 

  • Adina Apartments Chippendale – these apartments are approximately 8 minutes walk from the Business School
  • Quality Apartments Camperdown  – these apartments are approximately 15 minutes walk from the Business School and approximately 10 walk to the    main street in Newtown.
  • The Urban Newtown – this hotel is approximately 20 minutes walk from the Business School but is near to restaurants and bars.
  • Mercure Sydney – this hotel is near Central    Railway Station and 3 kilometres from the Business School
  • Rydges Sydney Central –  this hotel is near Central Railway Station and 3 kilometres from the Business School

Alternatively, if you would prefer accommodation nearer to Sydney City, you can have a look on If you type in University of Sydney, it will provide the distance from the University.