Lightning Talks #6

Time and Venues

Venues Local Time Time Zone
Adelaide Waite Campus – SA-Waite-B101-FG-R00-BoardWICWest 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


Peter Thorburn: Not so sweet – public pressure on the sugarcane industry

Dr Peter Thorburn is the Research Group Leader for Subtropical Agriculture in CSIRO A&F.  He is an agricultural scientist with multidisciplinary interests in the dynamics of soil-plant interactions and a strong commitment to enhancing the sustainability of agricultural systems. With a background in soil science and plant physiology, his work focuses on developing and applying simulation models to understand soil and plant interactions in agricultural production systems, aiming to quantify and reduce detrimental environmental impacts. Peter coordinates research on agriculture’s effect on the Great Barrier Reef across CSIRO A&F.


Rose Brodrick: Why do we grow irrigated cotton in Australia?

Dr Rose Brodrick is a team leader in A&F’s Future Cotton Systems. Her research is focussed on developing new technologies and integrated digital systems for the agricultural industry to improve farm productivity. She has 19 years of experience in working with irrigation farmers (cotton, tomatoes, sugarcane) to develop management solutions in irrigated agriculture. Her research into crop physiology and agronomy has led to changes in production practices within the Australian Cotton Industry and she has strong collaborations with researchers overseas.


Mathew Cook: Who would have thought Aquaculture had a social licence issue to do with water?

Dr Mathew Cook is Research Director of the Aquaculture Program within A&F. Mat has been at CSIRO since 2003 starting as a Research Assistant working on vaccines for Atlantic salmon and has had many and varied roles during his time at CSIRO. The Aquaculture Program is a small but growing program focused on delivering impact and helping to grow Australia’s Aquaculture Industry. The program focuses on the areas of Applied Breeding, Health, Nutrition and Precision (Digital) Aquaculture.