Wednesday, 14 December 2016 00:00

A Very Bloggy Christmas

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By Jack Koci Does the thought of sitting back and relaxing over Christmas and New Year with nothing to do terrify you? After a hectic year where every waking moment was spent hurriedly writing proposals, running experiments, catching flights, missing flights, presenting at conferences, submitting progress reports, writing papers, responding to reviews, and juggling family commitments…the list goes on… some of us might find the transition to a more sedate lifestyle somewhat challenging. Well fear not my friends! RAID has you covered. We’ve put together a scrumptious platter of some of the best blogs from 2016, to ease you gently…
Friday, 09 December 2016 00:00

Working with international collaborators in Lao PDR

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By: Ms Phonevilay Sichanthongthip, Research Entomologist, National Agriculture and Forestry Institute, Vientiane, Lao PDR I studied science at university because I wanted to know how all plants worked. I don’t come from a forestry or agricultural background, but agriculture and forestry are so important to the people of Laos, and I wanted to learn about the plant systems so that I could better understand and help. When I graduated from the National University of Laos, in Vientiane, I started work at the National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) as a Biodiversity Officer undertaking surveys of native plant species in…
Starting out with the ACIAR SIMLESA Project By Stuart Irvine-Brown Prior to taking up a position as a soil scientist within ACIAR’s project SIMLESA, I was given three simple pieces of advice from an older colleague who had spent more than a decade working with ACIAR on international agricultural development. First, develop trust; second, prove you are there to do something good, and third, keep it simple! These points washed over me quickly but I was lucky as a small part stuck in the back of my mind to later reflect on and incorporate into what I would attempt to…
Friday, 25 November 2016 00:00

‘R’ is Rad & it CAN make stats fun!

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Let’s start by being very upfront about this topic. There are many people out there that do not enjoy statistics or crunching numbers. Even worse is when you have to learn a new stats program to help you make sense of your data. I am not one of these people. I am all about the numbers and the stats! AND I am a believer that anyone can get a basic handle on this to help them tell the story of their data.  This is where ‘R’ can help. ‘R’ is an open source data management, processing and statistical package. You…
Thursday, 17 November 2016 00:00

Top Ten Travel Tips for Timely Travel Transitions

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By Di Mayberry, Lindsay Bell and Kendrick Cox Before you fly 1. Pack your hand luggage carefully. - Make sure you have everything you need for the flight - Ear plugs, socks, sleep mask, panadol - Pen to fill out immigration forms - Light reading (book/kindle/magazine) for take-off, landing and when the entertainment is malfunctioning or not available - Bring a jumper (scarf & jacket for flights which are sub-artic e.g. Virgin) - Pack some ‘back-up’ clothes (T-shirt and undies) and toiletries to last you 24 hours  - you just never know when your checked luggage might go walk-about. 2.…