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More agricultural scientists needed to help solve food security issue

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article image Susanna Greig attended the Australia’s Place at the Table forum in Melbourne

PICSE/Dow AgroSciences Science Education Officer Professional Development Award recipient, Susanna Greig observes that there are amazing career opportunities for the next generation of skilled agricultural scientists to address global issues. Susanna, who is the Science Education officer at the University of New England, Armidale received the award from Dow AgroSciences Australia last year.

The award recognises the outstanding work of Science Education Officers who work to nurture and encourage the next generation of tertiary bound school leavers to discover the broad range of science based careers supporting primary industries and provide support and resources to science.

Susanna used the award’s $2,000 professional development grant to attend the Australia’s Place at the Table forum held recently in Melbourne, which was sponsored by VISY and The Australian newspaper and included presentations from thought leaders in government, education and the food and fibre industry.

Discussions at the Australia’s Place at the Table forum confirmed that the global issue of food security requires Australia’s most skilled and capable agricultural scientists to help find a solution. Winning the award enabled Susanna to attend the forum, which also brought her up to speed with current agriculture industry issues.

According to Susanna, perspectives from all sides of government, education and industry were presented at the forum, along with discussions about the importance of developing awareness of these global issues amongst the younger generation and encouraging Australia’s brightest young minds to enter the sector.

She explained that the forum was helpful in putting a context around Australia’s need for more agricultural scientists. She plans to include this information when she completes her program of school visits in May, where she will be presenting to over 600 school students in the New England North West region describing the career opportunities in this sector and inviting students to apply for the Industry Placement Scholarship.

Susanna will also include this information in the program for the Teacher Professional Development event in November, themed ‘Science Solving Global Solutions’.

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