Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Student leadership conference

Graham Centre PhD candidates Ms Forough Ataollahi and Mr Sajid Latif took part in the Charles Sturt University (CSU) student leadership conference held in Dubbo.

They represented international students from CSU in Wagga Wagga at the three-day event from Monday 30 October to Wednesday 1 November 2017.

Mr Latif said, "This conference was a great platform to explore the leadership potential of participants and to learn how to be effective leaders empowered with a stronger sense of self-awareness and confidence.

photo of Ms Forough Ataollahi and Mr Sajid Latif at the CSU student leadership conference"It was helpful to understand how to get better prepared with essential skills and tools in order to lead in a professional and social leadership role in future situations."

More than 60 students from a range of disciplines and from all CSU campuses attended the conference.

Ms Ataollahi said, "The conference aimed to inspire students to utilise and increase practical leadership skills, to build a network of collaborative students to create a life-long sense of connection and to engage critical thinking to influence the world for the better and stretch personal leadership boundaries to explore professional and personal development."

Already displaying student leadership, Ms Ataollahi has also has been elected as the first ever Women Officer on the Council of International Students Australia (CISA). Read more on CSU News.

Contact: Ms Forough Ataollahi T: (02) 6933 2122   E:

Mr Sajid Latif  T:  0406 727 096  E:

Building networks

Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi attended the first symposium of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Alumni Association in Australia (JSPSAAA) from Monday 9 to Wednesday 12 October.

Formally established in February 2017, the JSPSAAA membership consists of former and current JSPS fellowship recipients. Its aims are to engage Australian scientists with collaborative links to Japan and to enhance the strong bilateral science and research relationship between Australia and Japan.

Professor Shamsi, from CSU's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, spoke about her research in a presentation titled, 'Shared love, shared risk: Australian and Japanese perspectives on research into parasites in seafood' and also chaired a session on research in the field of medical sciences.

For the full program and how to join the society see

Contact: Associate Professor Shokoofeh Shamsi T: (02) 6933 4887 E:

Spotlight on pig science research

Graham Centre PhD candidate Ms Marefa Jahan and Honours students Ms Jennifer Connor and Ms Marnie Hodge
Graham Centre PhD candidate Ms Marefa Jahan and Honours students Ms Jennifer Connor and Ms Marnie Hodge were awarded scholarships from Australian Pork Limited and the Pork Cooperative Research Centre (Pork CRC) to attend the Biennial Conference of Australian Pig Science Association, held recently in Melbourne.