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The NBRUC 2019 Scientific Program promises presentations from leading industry experts and researchers across a range of topics including:

  • agri tech
  • animal welfare and health
  • building human capability for a sustainable industry
  • farming systems
  • genetics
  • nutrition
  • smart farming

Keynote speakers

Raoul Boughton

An Australian national now living in the United States of America, Raoul has a B. App. Sc. in Environmental Resource Management from the University of New England, a PhD in biology from the University of Memphis, and two post-doctoral fellowships on avian disease ecology and population viability. Over the last decade, his expertise on wildlife Eco-physiology has transitioned to include the interaction of wildlife populations with livestock production.

Since 2014, he has been at the University of Florida Range Cattle Research and Education Center. Current research includes understanding causes of calf loss, the wildlife-livestock-environmental interface, and impacts of invasive vertebrate species on the environment and livestock production. Website:

Robert Faff         

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and formerly Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 14 Australian Research Council grants (funding exceeding $4 million); >310 refereed journal publications; career citations >12,600 (Google Scholar); and a h-index of 57 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised approximately 40 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations. Building on a 35-year academic career, his latest focus is “Pitching Research” [], now gaining great traction domestically and worldwide as exemplified by: (a) >13,300 SSRN downloads; (b) >290 pitching talks/events; (c) at 37 Australian universities; and (d) spanning 52 different countries. In addition, Robert is Editor-in-Chief of Pacific-Basin Finance Journal; formerly: Editor of Accounting and Finance (2002-2011) and Associate Editor of several journals including Abacus and Australian Journal of Management.