Rhodes honour for young sci­en­tist

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - BLAIR RICHARDS

HELP­ING to feed the world is one of the am­bi­tions of Tas­ma­nia’s 2020 Rhodes Scholar.

Oliver Gales, 22, an hon­ours stu­dent in agri­cul­tural sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Tas­ma­nia, will use his schol­ar­ship to study a mas­ter’s de­gree in De­vel­op­ment Stud­ies at the Univer­sity of Ox­ford.

Mr Gales’ hon­ours re­search has fo­cused on ap­ply­ing new tech­nolo­gies to im­prove food pro­duc­tion sys­tems, and had fur­thered his in­ter­est in tack­ling dis­ad­van­tage through sus­tain­able agri­cul­tural de­vel­op­ment.

“The Rhodes schol­ar­ship is an amaz­ing plat­form from which to con­trib­ute to food se­cu­rity in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries,” Mr Gales said.

“Ox­ford of­fers a unique in­ter­na­tional in­sight and in­roads into ef­forts to im­prove in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment. It is a huge honour and priv­i­lege to be awarded the Rhodes schol­ar­ship which has such an amaz­ing legacy.”

The Rhodes schol­ar­ship was re­cently pre­sented at Gov­ern­ment House by Tas­ma­nian Gov­er­nor Kate Warner.

The other Tas­ma­nian fi­nal­ists were Bach­e­lor of So­cial Sci­ence grad­u­ate Char­lotte Jones and Bach­e­lor of Arts/ Bach­e­lor of Eco­nom­ics grad­u­ate Niko­lai Sakov.

An­other Tas­ma­nian can­di­date, cre­ative artist Bella Dower, was se­lected to travel to Can­berra to be con­sid­ered for the Aus­tralia-at-large Rhodes schol­ar­ship round in early De­cem­ber.

Es­tab­lished in 1903, the Rhodes schol­ar­ship aims to nur­ture pub­lic-spir­ited lead­ers for the fu­ture.

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