Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:47

UTAS Brown Bag

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A lunchtime information and networking event was held at the University of Tasmania on 28th March 2018 to showcase RAID as an Australia-based not-for-profit organisation and highlighting the value of international agricultural research for international development.  The event brought together undergraduate, honours, masters and PhD students with early, mid and late career researchers with an interest in agriculture and international development. We had a speaker from industry, Lee Peterson, who talked about his work in Vanuatu on sandalwood, and work in Europe regarding berry production. He explained the clear link between his research in Vanuatu and regional development, particularly around capacity…
Friday, 25 May 2018 14:02

Canberra Catch up

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Last night RAID’s ACT reps Dave and Kylie hosted Canberra’s first ever stand alone networking event – and it was a great success! 35 agriculture enthusiasts braved the crisp Canberra air to join us at the cosy Duxton Loft.  Members in attendance represented ACIAR, CSIRO, ANU, The Department of Environment, The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and various private companies. Our RAIDers mingled over food platters and a fun game of “people bingo” where we were rewarded with chocolate (YES!!) for identifying people with similar research experiences – whether that was having worked in the same country or having…
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

RAID goes Troppo at the TropAg2017 Conference

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By Jack Koci, Madaline Healey and Bianca Das Networking with RAID “The perils and blunders of working in agricultural development - how do you gain credible research in uncontrolled / high risk environments?” “Gender and agriculture: Practical tips for involving men AND women in research activities” These were just some of the topics tackled in a recent RAID speed networking event held in Brisbane in association with the TropAg2017 - International Tropical Agriculture Conference. The RAID event brought together over 60 enthusiastic agriculturalists, including early mid, and senior-career researchers, as well as industry professionals and esteemed international guests. The evening…
The Australasian Aid Conference, held in February of each year in partnership with The Asia Foundation, has become an integral part of the Australian and regional aid calendar. The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from across Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and beyond who are working on aid and international development policy to share insights, promote collaboration, and help develop the research community. The conference committee currently invites submissions for the Three Minute Aid Pitch (3MAP) plenary session. 3MAP was first introduced at the 2017AAC,and is an interactive plenary session to discuss ideas for improving Australian aid…
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Good turnout at last week's RAID event at UTAS

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There was a good turnout to last week’s RAID event, organised by PhD Candidate Elya Richardson and Animal Science lecturer John Otto. Rowan Smith (TIA pasture researcher and Tasmanian Coordinator of RAID) presented on his experiences in Vietnam as a coordinator of an ACIAR project, and Neville Mendham (local coordinator of The Crawford Fund) talked about his early career as a researcher of oil palm trees in Papua New Guinea.  Students Claire Cunningham, Sally Stone Schack, Kristy Stevenson and Oliver Gales gave talks on their RAID trips to Sri Lanka and Vietnam. Figure 1: Rowan Smith, the Tasmanian RAID representative opened the event, sharing his experiences of his work with…
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