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L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships

L’Oréal has three $20,000 Fellowships intended to help early career women scientists to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science. The Fellowships are awarded to women who have shown scientific excellence in their career to date and who have an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship.

Applications for the 2011 fellowships will open on April the 1st.

If anyone from the Waite is thinking of nominating (or has already nominated) please contact Heather Bray so any nominations can be tracked. Heather is also able to provide editorial feedback/advice to people preparing nominations if desired.

For more information about these Fellowships please visit the Science in Public website.

Mannum Science Forum

Dr Wendy Umberger

On Monday March 21 2011, there was a free science forum held in Mannum which was organised by the SA Murray-Darling Basin NRM Board (Ranges to River NRM Group). Presenters included Dr Wendy Umberger from the University of Adelaide (Lecturer in Agri Food and Wine Business) and the one day forum explored issues around farming sustainability and the technologies that are transforming our agricultural practices. The global problems of food security were also discussed. For more information please visit the SAMDBNRM website, podcasts will soon be made available here.

Speakers at the Mannum Science Forum

Audience at the Mannum Science Forum

Tim March and Matteo Marangon – 2011 Science & Innovation Awards for Young People

Dr Tim March

Dr Tim March

Each year the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry supports Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. These awards recognise innovative scientific projects proposed by 18-35 year olds that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries.

This year eleven scientists from across Australia were successful and the awards were presented at the ABARES Outlook Conference Dinner in Canberra on Tuesday 1 March. Of the eleven awards, two were to scientists from the Waite Campus.

Dr Timothy March of the Barley Group in the School of Agriculture, Food & Wine won the Grains Research and Development Corporation Award, and Dr Matteo Marangon from the Australian Wine Research Institute won the Grape and Wine Research Development Corporation Award. The awards are worth up to $22,000.

Tim March has been instrumental in the development of a new genotyping assay called Hi-SELECT, intended to be an open-source, user-customisable assay, capable of genotyping up to 386 plants with 1526 genetic markers simultaneously. He will use his award to present his findings at the 2011 Barley Technical Symposium in September and internationally at the 2012 Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego in January 2012.

Matteo Marangon is working on developing a better understanding of the cause of protein haze formation in white wines, thereby allowing wine makers to refine and reduce their use of betonite fining in the winemaking process, leading to more economically and environmentally sustainable practices. Working with a French laboratory, Matteo will use his award to examine the interactions between proteins and other components responsible for forming protein haze, and to develop a predictive model for protein instability in white wines. He will share his findings through publication in scientific and industry journals, and through the AWRI Road Show.

Congratulations to both of these fine scientists on their recognition through these prestigious awards.

Would you like some gene technology with that?

Come along and ignite your imagination as you join us to celebrate National Science Week 2010.

Would you like some gene technology with that?

Hosted by Ian Henschke (ABCTV’s Stateline SA Presenter)

Date: 18 August 2010

Time: 6pm for seating by 6.15pm. Coffee, tea and nibbles provided from 8pm

Location: Science Exchange Building, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide 5000

We need to find a way to feed an extra 3 – 4 billion people by 2050.

Can gene technology play a role?

With an expert panel, participate in a discussion on this topic. Give feedback, vote and have a say in the direction these technologies could take to ensure a secure food supply.

Free entry, but registration is essential. Numbers are limited.

Contact Details: For further details and to register your attendance visit www.genetechmenu.com or call 1800 631 276.

The Inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture

Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

The inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture is named in honour of the former Roseworthy Lecturer who is regarded as the father of Australian oenology (wine-making) education. This Lecture recognises individuals that have had an impact on the wine industry and are world leaders in the field of oenology. Alan Robb Hickinbotham (1898-1959) joined the staff at Roseworthy College in 1929 as a Lecturer in Physical and Chemical Sciences. In 1936, he established the nation’s first wine-making course which evolved into the University of Adelaide’s world-renowned Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which is now run at the Waite Campus. Alan R. Hickinbotham remained at Roseworthy College until 1948. His research and writing on wine-making under Australian conditions laid the foundation for a technically advanced Australian wine industry. The Hickinbotham family continued their father’s passion for wine through their ongoing interests in viticulture and wine production. The National Wine Centre has recognised the Hickinbotham family by naming its major function hall after the family while the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory was established at the University’s Waite Campus in 1998 with the family’s support.

Most winemakers sit somewhere on the continuum between being pure artists or scientists. Arguably the best wines are made by those that sit somewhere between the two; knowing where to and when to rely on their instincts and experience and when to reach for the lecture notes, text book or phone. Without going into a debate on what is science, it’s fair to say that winemakers have different needs of the scientific and research community that fall into three main types. The “Oh my gosh something has gone wrong and I need help” type; the “I wonder what I can do to make this more efficient or understand it better” type, and the “blue sky – I never would have thought! – pure research but sometimes revolutionary” type. This lecture will discuss these ideas and give examples where all have been or are relevant to current Australian winemaking.

Date/Time: Monday 12th July, 4pm
Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus
Louisa Rose, Yalumba

The presentation will be followed by drinks and nibbles

For further Information contact: Dr Amanda Able