Time and Venues

Venues Local Time Time Zone
Adelaide Waite Campus – B101-FG-R00-SmallWICWest 12:00 pm ACST
Armidale – B55-FG-R00-Small 12:30 pm AEST
Bribie Island – B01-FG-Small 12:30 pm AEST
Brisbane St Lucia QBP – Room 3.323 12:30 pm AEST
Canberra Black Mountain – Discovery Lecture Theatre 12:30 pm AEST
Irymple (See Natalie Strickland) 12:30 pm AEST
Narrabri Myall Vale – Conference Room 12:30 pm AEST
Perth Floreat B40-F1-R46-Rossiter Room 10:30 am AWST
Sandy Bay (Hobart) – River View Room 12:30 pm AEST
Toowoomba – Meeting Room 12:30 pm AEST
Townsville  – Room 145-231 12:30 pm AEST
Werribee (Melbourne) – Peacock Room 12:30 pm AEST



Dr Andrew Ash


ARISA was an AUD 8 million program under the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Rural Economic Development (AIP-Rural) that supports the Government of Indonesia’s development strategy to accelerate poverty reduction through inclusive economic growth. ARISA had three main elements (a) commercial application of innovation in agriculture, bringing together agribusiness and research institutes to make existing innovations applicable for smallholder farming households in eastern Indonesia; (b) building “innovation capacity” of universities to develop organisational structures, policies and incentives encourage researchers to collaborate with the private and community sectors; and (c) contribute to regulatory and policy environments that incentivise and enable research -private sector collaboration for agricultural innovation.

By the end of the four-year project ARISA had demonstrated significant income benefits in over 11,000 farming households. For every Australian dollar spent on applied research at the household scale, ARISA generated AUD 7.40 in increased income for farm households. It also catalysed institutional change in two partner universities, resulting in the establishment of formal intermediation units to support researchers and faculties to collaborate with private and community sectors and commercialise research. ARISA’s engagement strengthened innovation capacity in the Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education and influenced a change in regulations to improve the enabling environment for innovation in universities and incentives for engaging with the private sector.


Dr Andrew Ash is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Agriculture. He has 35 years research experience in climatically variable tropical rangelands and agricultural systems in northern Australia and south-east Asia with a particular emphasis on developing management systems to improve profitability and environmental outcomes for rural communities