Applications for the 2018 award are now closed.
Two of Australia’s most innovative young food and agriculture professionals will win the 2018 ICM Agrifood Award.
The ICM Agrifood Award is an early career award for two scientists or technologists who have achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The Award is sponsored by ICM Agribusiness, one of Australia’s major
agribusiness groups, and administered by ATSE. The winners will be awarded at ATSE’s Innovation Dinner on 13 June 2018, alongside the Clunies Ross Awards
One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000.
The winners will have achieved substantial recognition for their work in a field critical to continued improvement of the overall Australian food sector in the past five years, and be 40 years or under on 1 January 2018 (with allowance made for career
breaks due to family or carer responsibilities); and:
The selection panel will only consider nomination material provided in the submitted nomination form by the closing date. Applications received after this time and date will not be considered.
Nominations must be made using the official nomination form and lodged by email to ICM.firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date.
Dr Rebecca Darbyshire, whose research focused on fruit and nut trees, is leading Australia on climate change readiness.
“Through the knowledge gained in my research, farmers are ultimately able to make better decisions and investments to improve productivity and profitability,” Dr Darbyshire says.
One of her major contributions to Australia’s agriculture sector has been to introduce innovative ways to make complex scientific results more readable and accessible for on-the-ground application. Often, adaptation techniques aren’t applied because of poor understanding.
She has also boosted the knowledge on how fruit trees respond to a range of weather conditions, focusing on winter chill and extreme heat damage, as well as flowering cycles.
Dr James Hunt has dedicated his research to supporting grain growers across the Australian wheat belt to improve the productivity and profit of grain-based farms.
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Since 2012, he has improved summer fallow management across southern and western grain regions of Australia; helped properly define optimal flowering and sowing dates in different Australian environments; and developed the “fast winter” wheat cultivar.
“It is extremely rewarding to work in a field of science where you can see your research having impact in farmer’s fields straight away,” Dr Hunt says.
“I’d strongly encourage anyone with an interest in biological sciences and natural systems to consider a career in the agriculture sector, there are some really great opportunities for young people.”
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