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Improved nutrition for billions of people around the world and the development of clean, green biofuels are two key aims of the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, a $32 million biotechnology centre based at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus.

See the following Adelaide Now link: http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/ipad/research-to-change-plants-for-better/story-fn6bqpju-1226115599605

Also: The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls http://www.adelaide.edu.au/plant-cell-walls/

David Bruer of Temple Bruer Wines (and former Roseworthy Ag College Academic) would like to invite interested people to an event on  Tuesday 26th July at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.
This event is announcing and celebrating his aim of becoming the first organic and carbon-neutral winery in Australia. It is closely linked with the results from David’s recent environmental carbon audit.
He has a seven-point plan to reduce carbon emissions from his winery, which he has already started with his switch to lightweight bottles.
David will speak about his plans at a reception at the National Wine Centre of Australia, at the corner of Botanic and Hackney Rds, Adelaide, on Tuesday July 26 at 11.15am. Mark Gishen, Chief Environmental Officer of the SA Wine Industry Association will also be speaking. Interested journalists and media have been invited. Wine from David’s vineyard and light refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Please RSVP to Sarah Cole (0402 833 193 or sarah@econnect.com.au) as soon as you’re able so we can cater for you.
Getting to the National Wine Centre: A passenger set down area is available on Hackney Road. Short term parking is available along Hackney Road and Plane Tree Drive, and car parks are located on Frome Road, Rundle Street and North Terrace.
Sarah Cole
Science Communicator
Econnect Communication
Post: 228/55 Flemington Road, North Melbourne, VIC, 3051
Ph 0402 833 193
Head office: 14 Horan St, West End, Brisbane, Qld, 4101
Ph 07 3846 7111, Fax 07 3846 7144

The Advisory Board of Agriculture (ABA) is calling for nominations for the Service to Primary Production Award.

Nominees need not be Bureau members and the award is not restricted to farmers.

Nominations are welcome for people from any area involved with primary production, including service industries, government, education and agro-politics.

Applications close Friday 12 August 2011. The award finalists will be invited to attend the Agricultural Bureau of SA’s AGM / Awards Night coined the “Spirit of Excellence” Award Night, to be held Monday 12 September 2011. The Spirit of Excellence Awards Night is supported by the ABA, Primary Industries and Resources SA, advisory company RSM Bird Cameron and the Stock Journal.

For more information and a nomination form please visit the ABA website.

Science Alive!- is the three day SA National Science Week event held in the Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th August.

Friday is a Secondary Schools ‘Careers focus’ day- Saturday and Sunday are general public.

The Science Alive Committee is looking for speakers to assist in a ‘Speed Networking’ activity (x 2) on:

Date: Friday, 5th August 2011
Location: Goyder Pavilion, Wayville Showgrounds
Times: 10.15am – 10.40am & 12.15pm – 12.40pm

Breakdown of the ‘Speed Networking’ activity:

  • During these events- (10.15 – 10.40, and 12.15 – 12.40), There will be ~20 chairs set out in a semi-circle around the back of the theatre with a working Scientist at each, complete with laminated A3 sheet giving name and ~ 3 words max re their science.
  • Wranglers will organise ~ 1/20th share of the students per speaker, then the Scientists will have 5 minutes to speak with their captives along the lines of how sorry they feel for all the other speakers because , “I HAVE THE BEST SCIENCE JOB IN THE WORLD!”.. here’s what I do, here’s an artefact or three from my work, my education pathway was. 1 minute for questions.
  • A blow from a whistle and all student groups (assisted by wranglers) rotate one Scientist clockwise.
  • Repeat ~4 times.
  • Speakers collapse, wranglers gently guide students into the Careers presentation seating which has, until this point been fenced off with bunting.

Current draft of Friday’s timetable:

10.15 – 11.00; speed dating and RiAUS Science Careers Presentation by Director and former Catalyst TV Presenter Paul Willis

10.15 – 10.40; speed dating (20 scientists)

10.40 – 11.00 RiAus Science Careers Presentation

11.30 – 11.50 Spectacular Chemistry Science Show

11.50 iPod draw #1 on main stage (5 mins max)

12.15 – 1.00; speed dating and RiAUS Science Careers Presentation by Director and former Catalyst TV Presenter Paul Willis

12.15 – 12.40; speed dating (20 scientists)

12.40 – 1.00 RiAus Science Careers Presentation

LUNCH BREAK

1.30 – 1.50 Spectacular Chemistry Science Show

1.50 iPod draw #2 on main stage (5 mins max)

Ian Maynard, one of the Science Alive Committee members for this event is coordinating the above Speed Networking activity. He needs several scientists to participate for this to work effectively.

If you are interested in helping out on the day, please contact:

Donna Montes
Marketing and Outreach (Events & Web)
Faculty of Sciences Office
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005
Ph : +61 8 8303 4325
Fax : +61 8 8303 4386
e-mail: donna.montes@adelaide.edu.au

Lois Harris Scholarship award

Richard Murdoch (Chair, Advisory Board of Agriculture; President, Agricultural Bureau of SA), Renee Farrow (Lois Harris Scholarship recipient) & Associate Professor Mike Keller (School of Agriculture, Food & Wine)

Renee Farrow currently studying 1st year Bachelor of Agricultural Science has been awarded the $2000 Lois Harris scholarship for academic excellence.

The Advisory Board of Agriculture (ABA)/Agricultural Bureau of South Australia announced on 23 June that Renee, who is from Coobowie on the Yorke Peninsula, is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Lois Harris Scholarship. This scholarship is a $2000 bursary awarded to the year 12 graduate with the highest tertiary entrance score entering the University of Adelaide‘s Bachelor of Agricultural Science program. Please see the media release for more details.

The Lois Harris scholarship helps to support and encourage young people to pursue a career in agriculture. The scholarship, named in honour of the late Lois Harris, a former ABA member and will be presented at the Agricultural Bureau of SA’s AGM / Awards Night which will be held on Monday 12 September 2011

The ABA has now offered the Lois Harris scholarship for 12 years, highlighting their support for young people entering the agricultural sector. The ABA also offers a range of other scholarships and awards for young people including:

  • The ABA’s Peter Olsen Fellowship for Young Farmers provides an $8000 bursary for a young farmer to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project.
  • The Rural Youth Bursary provides a $5000 opportunity for young people in regional areas to pursue further study, undertake a study tour, or to develop a special project, which will ultimately benefit the rural community.

For more information please contact:

Richard Murdoch
Chair, Advisory Board of Agriculture
President, Agricultural Bureau of SA
Phone: 0419 842 419
Web: http://www.agbureau.com.au/awards

Urrbrae House, in conjunction with The Office of Community Engagement, presents a photographic exhibition:
“Connecting with the Waite”
Monday 15 August – Friday 19 August 2011
All are welcome to visit the exhibition daily, 11 am til 3 pm
Photographers, to enter please contact Amanda Jackson, 8303 7497 or amanda.jackson@adelaide.edu.au.
Entries close Friday 23 July 2011
27 AFW students have entered the 3MT Competition this year (largest single group in the University) and there is great excitement among the participants. The best of these will compete at School level on 13 July 2pm in the Charles Hawker Conference Centre Auditorium, and the winners will proceed on to the Faculty heats on 27 July.
Please put 2pm 13 July in your diaries and come to support our postgrads as they explain their thesis research in 3 minutes or less. The judging panel will present awards for the winners and we’ll put on an afternoon tea for everyone.
See you there.
Cam Grant (Deputy Head of School, Postgraduate).