ENGAGING OUR COMMUNITY
The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment has important linkages throughout society to provide research and industry development in the areas of food, water and carbon. We are proud to display our cutting edge research and facilities around NSW throughout the year, and to host specific events which partner with industry and communities. Through these linkages, knowledge flows both ways.
Whether you are an alumnus, business person, local community member or stakeholder in an agricultural or natural resource industry, we would love to present to you the latest developments in the Faculty and hear your thoughts on the future of the industry. The work of the University benefits not only students, but also the wider society.
Faculty Research Symposium
Come and hear the latest in agricultural and natural resource research! The Faculty's annual Research Symposium brings together not only the best researchers in the Faculty but national and international experts for a presentation of ideas and strategic thinking for the future. Previous symposia have included presentations with titles such as ‘Agriculture in Perpetuity’ (A/Prof Bill Malcom) and ‘Carbon and water dynamics in forested catchments’ (Dr Tarryn Turnbull) and the 'Great Debate: Agriculture can feed the world in the 21st Century' moderated by ABC journalist Ticky Fullerton.
Held mid-year annually, this event is open to anyone interested in our research. To hear podcasts from on the 2011 Research Symposium, Resilience: can our environment keep bouncing back? see the website.
The Faculty organises annual open days at the Plant Breeding Institute Cobbitty and I. A. Watson Grains Research Institute Narrabri. These events showcase our research facilities and give all members of the community the chance to talk with our scientists, plus enjoy all the University has to offer!
Grab a free drink, watch demonstrations, browse the historic photos and soak up the latest information in agricultural research. At Cobbitty you can take a guided tour of our labs and computer-controlled glasshouses, and at Narrabri an extensive field tour of the latest plant varieties and high yielding cropping techniques.
Open Days are frequented by not only people in the industry but local high schools, alumni and interested members of the local community. For dates and information about upcoming Open Days, visit the Faculty’s events page . For more information about the Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty and Narrabri, visit their website.
Contact: Eugenia O'Brien
Phone: (02) 8627 1005
Industry and community consultation
The Faculty is honoured to host specific industry events which engage stakeholders, policy makers, researchers and the general community. Some of our recent events included:
- Soil Carbon Summit – a collaboration between the US Studies Centre, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, politicians, industry leaders and expert soil and plant scientists from the USA, Canada, Europe, UK and Australasia as they discuss one of the great challenges facing the world: the restoration of carbon depleted soils in order to ensure future food production and mitigate climate change.
- Development Economics School – PhD students, early career researchers and other interested persons who share a passion for the development challenge came together to learn about and discuss development economics: an increasing dynamic field within economics around the challenges of poverty reduction.
- The John B. Pye Farm Consultation Day – seeking farmer thoughts and experiences on sustainable management for a new long-term experiment into linkages between environmental health and human health.
- Sustainable Futures Forum – a showcase of the latest in sustainability research in the Snowy Mountains and Monaro regions which discussed sustainable futures for regional areas with a particular focus on agriculture and included farmers, key stakeholders and local organisation such as the NSW Rural Fire Service, the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and Hazeldean.
For more information on the research activities of the faculty, please browse our research pages. We look forward to continuing to host strong community and industry events which promote sustainable development of primary industries and preservation of our natural resources.