Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:00

Soil science in East Africa - so much more than soils!

Written by Stuart Irvine-Brown
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!

Written by David
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

Written by Di Mayberry
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.…
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 00:00

The Expectations Game

Written by Kelly Wood
By Kelly Wood My father came to Myanmar as a backpacker in 1981. Driving back from swimming training he would tell us stories of a land of horse drawn carts and bicycles that sounded like it belonged to another century, not just another continent. So, when I was given the opportunity to participate in the Dahat Pan Project as a final year veterinary science student, I jumped at the chance. When the plane touched down in Yangon I was the same age that my father had been when he’d first stepped into the soupy humidity of the Myanmar wet season.…
By Robbie Mitchell The holiday blues. We all get them, particularly soon after having returning back to our nine to five jobs. Feeling a particular pang of the blues last week, when catching the train home on a rainy Monday from work, I started sorting through photos I took on my phone during my recent sunnier trip to Sri Lanka. The above photo for me sums up a lot of what you’ll see in Sri Lanka – awe-inspiring natural landscapes like Sigiriya and stray dogs. As many can attest too, strays are a common sight and concern for developing countries…