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Thursday, 16 October 2014 11:00

Chance meetings

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My study and career path, such that it is having only been working for three years, has followed a series of chance meetings with people and the opportunities they have provided. This suits me as I am not one for planning, mostly because I am never too sure what I want to do until I’m doing it. As an undergraduate student in agricultural science I had not considered international opportunities; I imagined a future in South Australia, where I had grown up on a farm. It was a chance selection of a subject with a great professor in my last…
Thursday, 09 October 2014 11:00

My Little Secret

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I decided I wanted to be a vet after spending a week in a clinic during year ten work experience. I watched with delight as the veterinarian removed dog’s testicles and pulled out cat’s teeth. I thought this is what I wanted to spend my life doing. Fast forward five years and I was half way through vet school. I can’t remember a specific moment when this happened because I don’t think there was a specific moment; it just kind of crept into my brain subconsciously, gradually. The inconvenient truth had made itself known: I didn’t want my whole career…
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 11:00

Bananas in the Philippines

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As a graduate officer at ACIAR, I have been involved in developing a project from scoping study to project inception on the destructive disease Fusarium Wilt (FW) in bananas in the Philippines. Originally from a broad acre cereal cropping property in South Australia where the most I knew about bananas was that I enjoyed them on my breakfast, there was a lot to learn about banana agronomy. In the last 6 months I have learnt about the banana industry in both Australia and the Philippines, and also learnt firsthand what ACIAR’s role is in fostering projects which are so significant…
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 10:00

Seemingly useless yet eerily accurate career advice

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Back in year twelve when the biggest decision you had to make was what your university preferences were going to be, I was adamant I was going to be a vet. I loved animals, I thought I was pretty sharp and I was quietly confident I would get the marks. I will admit that this was around the same time when I was driving around in the car, changing radio stations just to be able to listen to ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’ over and over again. So granted, I may not have been as sharp as I thought…
Saturday, 06 September 2014 10:00

How to feed the 9 billion, well?

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No small task, but this is what the Crawford Fund conference last week grappled with. I was lucky to be there as a Crawford scholar as well as to help in the launch of Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID). Catherine Bertini started the conference with a very real example of the importance of understanding gender when working in agriculture. The example was of women farmers being unable to use the hoes that they were given for weeding because they required different hoes from the men. They required hoes with a shorter handle and a different angle on the…