Waite in the Spotlight
Waite in the Spotlight is an annual shared campus event featuring short, TEDx-style talks celebrating the diversity of research at the Waite, what we do, and why it matters. Selected talks from a range of disciplines and by speakers from across the Campus partners are featured to showcase our work and some of our people.
Waite in the Spotlight 2018
Why should we preserve trees in our cities and towns? Can we grow healthy crops in sandy soils? How important are insects to agriculture? Does the yeast a winemaker chooses really affect the wine produced? Can we really turn food waste into usable new products?
- Dr Kate Delaporte, University of Adelaide – Why should we preserve trees in our cities and towns?
- Dr Therese McBeath, CSIRO – Can we grow healthy crops in sandy soils?
- Dr Katja Hogendoorn, University of Adelaide – What’s the buzz about insects in agriculture?
- Dr Simon Schmidt, Australian Wine Research Institute – Spoiled for choice – how choosing the right yeast can make the difference when making wine
- Dr Steven Lapidge, Fight Food Waste CRC – Why do we waste food and what can we do about it?
Waite in the Spotlight 2017
Who is GutWoman and what is her superpower? What determines how wine feels in your mouth? Do you really know where your food comes from? How can nerds with insect nets protect your food? What is genome editing and is it safe? Waite research is providing answers to these questions and more!
- Professor Rachel Burton, the University of Adelaide and ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls – GutWoman’s guide to good insides
- Richard Gawel, Australian Wine Research Institute – You paid WHAT for a bottle of wine? Why what you feel in your mouth matters
- Dr Nina Welti, CSIRO Agriculture – Your food comes from WHERE?
- Kym Perry, SARDI – Nerds with nets protect your food
- Professor Mike Keller – University of Adelaide School of Ag, Food & Wine – Genome editing: is it safe?
Waite in the Spotlight 2016
The inaugural Waite in the Spotlight was held in July 2016 and explored how microbes can transform the future of Agriculture.
- Dr Caitlin Byrt, The University of Adelaide – Biology is the naughty science; try it!
- Dr Gupta Vadakattu, CSIRO – Microbial diversity – can it feed the world?
- Dr Laura Davies, CSIRO Agriculture – Plant parasites: Let the battle commence
- Dr Anthony Borneman, Australian Wine Research Institute – A tale of shipwrecks, yeast and beer
- Professor Göran Roos, Economic Development Board consultant – Food and agriculture to grow the economy.