CEAT was established in July 2018 as a joint initiative between the ANU and CSIRO, with support and funding from the ACT Government. In May 2020, CEAT was advanced to an ANU Innovation Institute, with the goal of supporting ANU to deliver on its strategic plan by driving a culture of increased industry collaboration. CEAT also strategically supports the University’s translational activities and innovation more broadly, by fostering industry engagement, strengthening the relationship between ANU and CSIRO, and leveraging diverse sources of investment. By aligning ANU capabilities to nationally significant priorities and retaining and growing a cohort of key staff working in the field of Agri-Technology, CEAT enables ANU to maximise its contribution to challenges and opportunities in the ag sector. As a driver of cultural and social change, the CEAT Innovation Institute was established with a vision of creating a thriving innovation precinct in Canberra at the forefront of national and global trans-disciplinary agri-technology solutions.

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The CEAT Innovation Institute delivers impact through four programs:

  1. Innovation Hub: co-location of businesses and an interface for collaboration with industry, farmers and government that drives incubation of ideas around digital and precision agriculture and subversive or disruptive technologies.
  2. Research Translation Initiative: an integrated system delivering translation of research into agricultural practice, policy and impact.
  3. Innovation Training Initiative: building research and innovation capacity by realising new agri-tech skills and pathways for future innovators.
  4. Management and Evaluation: design and monitor resilient and sustainable operations.

Our Mission

We build partnerships and capability to enable researchers, industry, government and end-users to collaborate and innovate in the agriculture sector. Find out more.

Our Team

Led by Director, Professor Owen Atkin, we are a well-seasoned team with experience in industry engagement, business management and development, evaluation, education, marketing, communications, and administration. Meet the Team.


We are located in an innovation precinct anchored by major institutions ANU and CSIRO, with world-class expertise and infrastructure in biological, environmental and agricultural science, working closely with computer scientists, engineers, economists, social scientists and policy researchers.

Contact us

Whether you are a researcher, an entrepreneur, an agricultural producer, we look forward to working with you to shape the future of agriculture through technology. Start a conversation today.


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