As 2018 draws to a close it’s timely to reflect on another successful year of research, collaboration and industry engagement at the Graham Centre.
It has been a busy year at the Centre and our research income has continued to increase, with significant and impactful research being conducted at a national and international level. The Centre’s members are also working hard to publish and share their findings, with over 180 scientific papers, books and book chapters being published, and with members having presented findings at workshops and conferences in Australia and all over the world.
The Centre is continuing to work closely with our stakeholders to identify opportunities for research that is significant for the red meat and grain industries and that contributes to the development of regional communities. The Centre is fortunate to have the Industry Advisory Panel providing advice on the strategic direction of our research. In addition, the Centre participates in several national bodies and initiatives within the agriculture research landscape, such as the Southern Australian Livestock Research Council and the National RD&E strategies for animal biosecurity and animal welfare. Being involved in these initiatives provides the Graham Centre the opportunity to contribute to the discussions on research priorities for the livestock industries.
We’ve recently celebrated the graduation of six PhD graduates, one Master of Philosophy graduate and six Honours research students supported by the Centre. Their research showed the diversity of the research we undertake, from plant and animal health, zoonotic diseases, grain processing, consumer behaviour and support for farmer decision making. You can read more about their research later in the Innovator.
As you all know, I have been the Acting Director of the Graham Centre since October, when Professor Michael Friend started his role as the Acting CSU Pro-Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships). I have enjoyed working with you all in this role, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with you in 2019. Wishing you a safe and happy festive season.
Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover, Acting Director of the Graham Cetre for Agricultural Innovation