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By Romana Roschinsky “Would you like to join fieldwork in Fiji in three weeks?” my colleague Fran Cowley asked me in May. Well sure! What a great opportunity to dive, into research for development for my new position as International Research and Training Program Leader for Livestock Systems at UNE. Palm trees, sand, the magnificent Pacific come to mind! But both of us being animal scientists, the focus was slightly different! Our focus is on small ruminants (sheep and goats for all non-animal scientists out there). Fran is working on animal nutrition and livestock systems and currently leading a team…
By Emma Hand Before leaving Australia to embark on my 12 month, Australian volunteer assignment to Samoa, I was excitedly telling everyone I met about my upcoming experience. My volunteering assignment is part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government initiative. Who wouldn't be excited about 12 months in paradise? The first thing most people said was, "Where's that?" or "You mean Solomon Islands?" Once we had established that I was about to be living on a tropical island, the next comment was usually something along the lines of "Oh, you'll have to get used…
By Arundhita Bhanjdeo My first trip to Bhubhui, Jharkhand, India was three years ago. The first thing I came across was one of the women self-help groups sitting in a circle for their weekly meeting. Some farmers were sharing their experiences of removing weeds from rice paddies, discussing how with a weeding machine they found it so easy compared to the arduous process of doing it by hand. I was working on an agricultural research project funded by ACIAR in collaboration with an NGO in the Eastern India Plateau. It was apparently an unusual sight for someone to enter a…
Saturday, 12 August 2017 00:00

A whip around the Crawford Conference

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After a huge (and successful) week at the Crawford Conference and hanging out with a bunch of incredible young scholars a few of the RAIDers sat down and put together their take home messages from the presenters. The conference was a brilliant fusion of experience, youth and inspirational ideas - hopefully we have managed to capture some of the enthusiasm and knowledge that was shared. Have a read and tell us what you think. Conference dinner speaker: Dr Lindiwe Majele Sibanda (Vice President for Country Support, Policy, and Delivery of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa) told us a…
Friday, 04 August 2017 00:00

Networking 101

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  With the upcoming Crawford Fund 2017 Annual Conference, it got us here at RAID thinking, what’s the key to effective networking at these sorts of event? So, we thought that we would revisit a past blog ‘Getting connected: the art of networking at conferences’ to help us manoeuvre our way around the conference.      Plan ahead and start that conversation The key takeaway points in ‘Getting connected: the art of networking at conferences’ are planning ahead and starting a conversation. So, before the conference read the delegate list and conference program. This way you can prepare and research who…
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