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Undergraduate Research Conference (SOwFI)


21 October 2009

The Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is holding its second annual undergraduate research conference, Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI), from November 4th-6th inclusive. This year, we are very pleased to announce the sponsorship of the Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) for this event. The three-day program for SOwFI includes oral presentations from 58 Year IV students drawn from the BScAgr, BLWSc, BHortSc, BAgrEc and BResEc degrees. Each of these 58 students will give a 15 minute presentation on the results of their individual research projects. There will also be a poster session for the BScAgr, BLWSc and BHortSc students.


Whilst comprising an important part of the assessment regime for the research project unit of study, this conference also gives the faculty a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents of our undergraduates as they prepare to enter the workforce. We have invited external stakeholders and friends of the Faculty to attend, as we did last year, and expect to have around 80 people in attendance for most sessions. In addition to being a great example of research-led teaching, the research project unit that these students are now in the throes of completing is one of the most important units that our undergraduates attempt over the life of their degrees.

The presentations at this conference will explore some cutting-edge research related to agricultural and natural resource science and economics. As well as presenting their findings about some topical issues, this conference provides a platform for students to display their communication and professional skills.

Thematic sessions will include:

* The science and economics of climate change and carbon
* Issues in broadacre crop production
* Plant responses to disease and insect pressures
* Impact and cost of soil utilisation and land use change
* Water resource planning and management
* Plant physiology and breeding
* Animal nutrition, behaviour and reproduction
* Production and trade
* Development economics, and
* Economics of minerals and energy

Each day of the conference commences at 8:30 am in the Wallace lecture theatre. People interested in attending this (free) conference event should RSVP to sofiagric@usyd.edu.au by Monday, 26 October 2009.

For program details click here.


Contact: Fortunee Cantrell

Phone: 02 9351 2574

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