Keynote Speaker

Chris Williams

Lecturer in Urban Horticulture, University of Melbourne

Dr Chris Williams lectures in urban horticulture at the Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne where he specialises in urban agriculture.

Chris developed the Novel Crops Project in 2014 which works to bring new or unusual edible species into cultivation, with an emphasis on perennial plants of high aesthetic value and with links to migrant communities. Through the Novel Crops Project, Chris and his students have worked with; FareShare, City of Yarra, City of Greater Dandenong, YMCA, 3000 Acres and the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre.

Chris is a member of the City of Yarra Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee and the Moreland Food Gardens Network.