Friday, 07 July 2017 00:00

Thoughts & links relating to the 'Canary of Climate change'

Written by David McGill (UoM)
Renee’s blog from last week “Canaries of Climate change”, was a stark reminder of real and immediate challenges facing us in agriculture (and life) today! It made me reflect, not only on what we can do in our roles in R4D but also in our day-to-day activities that are in our sphere of control. Two things I have come across recently touch on this topic (which also align with the topic of last year’s Crawford Conference, ‘Waste Not Want Not’): 1. A podcast where we hear the inspirational story of the incredible woman behind OzHarvest (you can listen to it…
Friday, 30 June 2017 00:00

Canaries of Climate Change and Community Research

Written by Renee Currenti
By Renee Currenti I write this as my mind is a whirlwind of thoughts – what I need to pack, what I’ll likely forget to pack, the fact that I’m flying to Fiji in one day and returning in sixty-five days after two months in the field. ‘The field’ for my Masters research is based in Nawairuku village in the highlands of Ra province in Fiji. I am in the thick of my Master of Arts (Geography) program at the University of the Sunshine Coast within the Sustainability Research Centre. This program follows my Bachelor of Science (Sustainability) / Bachelor…
Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

Graduate thoughts on reduced aid funding

Written by Carl Menke
Australian researchers in international agriculture need to re-focus on communicating the value of our research in a time of reduced aid funding 1, 2, 3. As of 2016, Australia contributes 0.32% of our gross national income (GNI) to aid despite a UN country target of 0.70% of GNI. Compared to the 28 wealthy OECD member nations that give aid, Australia ranks 16th. Australia’s international aid has reduced in the last year, at a time when 22 of the 28 OECD member nations increased their contributions. While some critics of Australia’s aid spending may applaud this, this ignores the fact that…
Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

Digging up advice on family, work and surnames

Written by Skye Gabb
By Skye Gabb I’m being offered a lot of advice at the moment! In 2017 I’m getting married and having my first child and everyone seems to have opinions on both weddings and babies. But, this isn’t the advice I am looking for! Rather, I need advice on how to sustain my career through what will be a busy and disruptive few years. Below is a summary of advice from colleagues that I’ve approached. Some you will agree with, some you won’t, but hopefully it will make you think! 1. Seek advice When approached, people can be incredibly generous with their…
Friday, 19 May 2017 00:00

Remembering how to write beautifully

Written by Caspar Roxburgh
By Caspar Roxburgh I was recently on a writing retreat with my research group. Ostensibly arranged by our boss to workshop each other’s current publications-in-draft, it was notable for its glaring lack of discussion on actual writing. Of course, we reviewed each person’s research, presentations were given, and there was talk of how to produce relevant and valuable figures. But on the final morning, as we sat in debate over the precise text of our ‘mission’ and ‘vision’, I was struck by how little we had thought or discussed the art of writing. I now live in the fear that…
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