Young sci­en­tists can pitch their ideas

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Young dairy sci­en­tists are be­ing en­cour­aged to pitch their work to the na­tion’s lead­ing dairy farm­ers as part of a na­tional award.

Held as part of the Aus­tralian Dairy Con­fer­ence, the Young Dairy Sci­en­tist Award will see early-stage dairy sci­en­tists pro­vided with an en­vi­ron­ment to present, dis­cuss and con­nect with pi­o­neers and in­no­va­tors of the na­tional dairy in­dus­try at a Can­berra event in Fe­bru­ary.

ADC sci­en­tific di­rec­tor and Young Dairy Sci­en­tist Award co-or­di­na­tor Richard Rawns­ley said the ini­tia­tive pro­vided a ‘‘com­pe­ti­tion with a dif­fer­ence’’ for many young re­searchers with a fo­cus on com­mu­ni­ca­tion as a cen­tral part of the award process.

‘‘The award is de­signed to nur­ture sci­en­tific ex­cel­lence with com­mu­ni­ca­tion prow­ess and the young sci­en­tists must con­vince fel­low dairy farm­ers and sci­en­tists that their re­search is soundly based and has ex­cit­ing im­pli­ca­tions for the fu­ture of the dairy in­dus­try,’’ Mr Rawns­ley said.

‘‘Five fi­nal­ists se­lected from a sub­mis­sion process will be re­quired to present to con­fer­ence, host a dis­play ex­hibit and sub­mit a pop­u­lar press ar­ti­cle for pub­li­ca­tion.’’

Mr Rawns­ley said the fo­cus would be on how they com­mu­ni­cated and ex­pressed their body of work.

A $3000 travel bur­sary prize will be awarded to the win­ner to at­tend a sci­en­tific or dairy con­fer­ence of their choice.

A judg­ing panel at ADC Can­berra 2019 will de­ter­mine the win­ner, with full con­fer­ence regis­tra­tion pro­vided to se­lected fi­nal­ists.

En­tries close on Fri­day, No­vem­ber 2 with fi­nal­ists to be no­ti­fied by Fri­day, No­vem­ber 9.

Ap­pli­cants must have com­pleted a recog­nised unit of study within the past five years to be el­i­gi­ble.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.aus­traliandairycon­fer­ence. com.au

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