Staff, affiliates and postgraduate students, 220 of us in total from across the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine, gathered at the Adelaide Pavilion last Thursday for the 2015 AFW Research Day. This annual off-site event is now a fixture in the School’s calendar, with the program of talks designed to showcase the breadth and excellence of the School’s work across multiple disciplines and to stimulate networking and mutual awareness.
Instead of the usual poster competition, this year’s Research Day featured film and slide images from across the School, and the various research facilities and platforms available at the Waite were also highlighted.
The program included presentations by the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Strategy), Professor Julie Owens, Director of the Robinson Institute, Professor Sarah Robertson, and Business Development and Partnerships Manager at the Australian Science Media Centre, Dr Melanie Bagg. The cross-section of students, ECRs and experienced researchers and the mixture of short and long talks worked well, and there was plenty of opportunity for conversations and questions during the breaks.
Feedback on this year’s event has been very positive and will no doubt be taken into account in planning the next one!