A Graham Centre research team led by Charles Sturt University Professor Geoff Gurr has won the 2020 Engagement Australia Excellence Awards for outstanding engagement for research impact.
The research has been developing innovative pest management approaches to benefit the environment and improve global food security.
The research developed multi-language, multi-format communications including a 20 episode TV series broadcast in Vietnam.
Professor Gurr said this win was great recognition for what has been a team effort involving postgraduate and post-doctoral students, and collaborators within the university, and indeed around the globe.
“This project was initiated over 10 years ago when I began collaborating with colleagues across Asia to combat a very serious outbreak of pests in rice crops,” Professor Gurr said.
“The original project was driven by a crisis and we were able to find a solution relatively quickly; it also set the industry up to be more sustainable, and give farmers higher yields.
“Since that time, reflecting the success of the rice project we have worked with other industries particularly in Australia.”
Engagement Australia is the peak alliance of Australian and New Zealand universities, which believes engaged universities consider their core public purpose is as a centre of knowledge creation and societal improvement.
The Excellence Awards identify and celebrate the transformative engagement activities which demonstrate far-reaching impact and innovation.
Professor Gurr was also recently named as a leader in his field of insects and anthropods, in a report by the Australian newspaper, listing researchers with the highest number of citations from papers published in the last five years in the top 20 journals in their field.