The annual Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry symposium was hosted by the University of Adelaide Biometry Hub on the 14th and 15th of September.

While our colleagues from interstate were unable to join us in person for the symposium, the SAGI South staff of the University of Adelaide met at the National Wine centre. Staff from other SAGI nodes (North (DPI QLD), West (Curtin University) and National (University of Wollongong), and GRDC representatives, joined virtually via zoom. A pre-symposium workshop was also held on Friday 11th September via zoom.

The symposium this year focused on celebrating the impact of the third iteration of the Statistics for the Australian Grains Industry project (SAGI-III). Each node was given an opportunity to present their research, and talks ranged from the research SAGI staff undertake into statistical genetics and statistical methods for lab and field experimentation, through to development of cutting edge statistical software. 

The symposium also featured a guest presentation from Professor Andrew Robinson of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, exploring where future SAGI Biometricians might come from. The symposium once again showcased that SAGI staff are undertaking world class research for the Australian Grains industry, while also displaying a commitment to improve improve statistical literacy of grains researchers through extensive training programs.

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