Kim Ritman

The Digital Revolution in Agriculture

7-8 August 2017, Canberra

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Dr Kim Ritman

Dr Kim Ritman is Australia’s Chief Plant Protection Officer and Chief Agricultural Scientist. Kim has led and managed science based policy advice for government in many areas, including fisheries, forestry, land use, biosecurity, feral animals and weeds, climate, water availability, salinity, agricultural biotechnology, spatial information and social sciences. After obtaining a PhD in plant physiology, Kim specialised in satellite imagery and digital mapping. He has applied these technologies in the areas of forestry, crop forecasting, vegetation mapping and agriculture. He has commercial experience as a project manager in the IT sector, developing large defence geospatial projects and improving quality management systems. He has worked in Victorian and NSW state governments, as well as a short stint lecturing in computer science at Otago University in New Zealand.