Last week the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine held their Annual Postgraduate Symposium. This event provides a forum for mid-candidature students to give an update on their research in preparation for the Annual Review of Progress. It also provides an opportunity for the Waite community to become familiar with the broad range of interesting problems our postgraduates are tackling.

This year, 22 postgraduate students gave 15 minute presentations on their projects, grouped into themes that broadly align with the School’s research strengths. Sessions were chaired by members of the Postgraduate Association of Waite Students (PAWS) Committee.

The program also featured guest speakers Dr Keren Bindon (Australian Wine Research Institute) and Dr Haipei Lui (ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Agriculture Food and Wine).

Prizes were also awarded to students in a number of categories. This event was organised by the PAWS Committee and the School Postgraduate Committee.

Well done to all the students and congratulations to all the following prize winners (pictured at right).

Amanda Philpot, Deciphering the seed shattering mechanism of Plantago ovata – The Sally and Andrew Smith Prize for Best Presentation

Frank Jingyun Ouyang, The Waite Research Institute prize for best contribution as a member of the audience

Jorgiane Benevenute Parish, Why do honey bees collect fungal spores? – PAWS prize for Audience Choice

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