Dear ASPS Members,
June Phytogen can be accessed HERE.
GPC May e-bulletin can be accessed HERE.
Our Society is organising activities during Science Week (14-22 August) to highlight Australian plant science. The theme of our activities is around “Plant Science Safeguarding our Future Food Security”. A series of short, fun and engaging talks and tours will be organised around the country to explain the pivotal role plant scientists and agriculturists play in feeding and clothing us all. We will present some of our research and explain how it will help meet the challenges posed by a growing world population and a changing climate. We’ll emphasise the diversity of plant science. The fact that some of us wear lab coats and rarely grow a plant in soil, while others conduct field trials or predict yields by satellite. The aim of these sessions is to explain what we do, to highlight its importance to society and hopefully to inspire more young people to consider plant science as an exciting career.
The purpose of this email is two-fold:
- to prompt members from universities not listed below to consider organising an event. Contact me for details if you’re tempted.
- to encourage ASPS members to contact the Science Week coordinators at their own university (below) and offer your assistance. Helpers and speakers do not need to be ASPS members.
Contact me if you have questions. Thanks, Peter Ryan
Once you have your National Science Week event organised please email Phytogen editor Georgia Koerber (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a link to your event, a picture and dates for inclusion in the July issue of Phytogen. June Phytogen can be accessed HERE.
Queensland University of Technology – Brett Williams
University of Newcastle – Joseph Pegler (hopefully)
University of Sydney (separate events at the Camperdown and Camden campuses) – Mary Byrne, Brent Kaiser, Robert Park, Marcus Heisler, Claudia Keitel
Australian National University/CSIRO Agriculture and Food – Peter Ryan, Caitlin Byrt, Uli Mathesius
La Trobe University – Kim Johnson, Janet Wheeler
University of Melbourne – Mike Haydon, Michelle Watt
Monash University – Ros Gleadow
University of Adelaide – Megan Sheldon, Beth Loveys, Georgia Koerber, Steve Tyerman, Rachel Burton
Flinders University – Kathy Soole
Dr Peter R Ryan
President, Australian Society of Plant Scientists
Honorary Fellow, CSIRO Agriculture and Food
PO Box 1700
Canberra ACT 2601, Australia