Since the Graham Centre commenced operation in 2005, strong global links have been established with a number of overseas countries, most notably China, India, Pakistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, East Timor, The Phillippines, Japan, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada and The USA.
International research projects worth approximately $1.6M are currently being undertaken by Graham Centre researchers. At present, our international projects are funded primarily by ACIAR.
The Graham Centre regularly provides support for international conferences of significance which are relevant to our research priority areas. At present, the organising committee for the 22nd International Grassland Congress is being chaired by Graham Centre member, Professor David Kemp. The committee is currently undergoing preparations including the need to set up a company to manage liabilities for the congress which is scheduled for 2013. Additionally, plans are in place to form the China-Australia Network for Grassland Farming Systems: Environment Improvement and Rural Development. Professor Kemp expects to have a website established at China Agricultural University in the near future.
To date, the Graham Centre has provided almost $100K in overseas Travel Grants to support its researchers to present their findings at international conferences or to conduct collaborative research with overseas colleagues.
Research Higher Degree Students
The Centre encourages participation by international postgraduate students. Some of our current students and their work is detailed below.
|Brar, Navneet Kaur||Nitrogen management of wheat sown into rice stubble in NW India (Punjab)|
|Ee, Kah Yaw||Characterisation and healthy functionality of protease inhibitors in Australian Wattle Seed|
|Pasuquin, Estela||Influence of elevated temperature and dry matter production and partitioning during grain filling in rice|
|Zachariah, Cina||Development of molecular markers for resistance to Pleiochaeta setosa in Albus Lupins|
Enhancing International Networks
The international reputation of the Graham Centre continues to be enhanced by the following strategies:
- Continue a publicity campaign to raise awareness of the Centre.
- Attract overseas scientists and increase international postgraduate student enrolments.
- Facilitate the visit of at least one international researcher per annum.
- Provide financial support to assist Graham Centre researchers to visit other centres of international significance.
- Financially assist researchers and students to present research findings at international conferences.
- Support participation in internationally funded projects.
- Strengthen links with international agricultural research centres by encouraging staff exchange at a rate of one staff exchange per three years.
- Increase collaboration with other research agencies.
- Maintain and continue to develop the Centre's website.
- Facilitate and support researchers to undertake other relevant professional activities such as consultancies, membership of editorial boards, etc.
- Conduct and support regular international conferences.