In­ter­na­tional con­tri­bu­tions

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Sig­nif­i­cant sci­en­tific con­tri­bu­tions made by sci­en­tists from around the world were high­lighted at a spe­cial sem­i­nar at Hor­sham’s Grains In­no­va­tion Park.

Last week’s ‘Day of In­ter­na­tional Sci­en­tists’ sem­i­nar was con­ceived by GIP staff from di­verse cul­tural back­grounds who have re-lo­cated to Hor­sham to live and work.

As well as be­ing a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity, the sem­i­nar was a so­cial event with a cul­tural di­ver­sity theme.

The park’s staff is made up of more than 20 peo­ple who orig­i­nate from a di­verse range of coun­tries in­clud­ing the United States, Bangladesh, China, Croa­tia, Eng­land, Ethiopia, Ger­many, In­dia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pak­istan, Philip­pines, Poland, Ro­ma­nia and Viet­nam.

These peo­ple con­trib­ute to science within the ar­eas of vi­rol­ogy, en­to­mol­ogy, pathol­ogy, germplasm im­prove­ment, pulse breed­ing, plant phe­no­typ­ing, grains and soil chem­istry and agron­omy, on a range of crops in­clud­ing wheat, bar­ley, canola, field pea, lentil, chick­pea, faba bean and saf­flower.

Thurs­day’s sem­i­nar fea­tured sci­en­tists rep­re­sent­ing their coun­tries of ori­gin, in­clud­ing He­lena Smith and Piotr Tre­bicki from Poland, Sameer Joshi, In­dia, Mur­ray Hart, United King­dom, Babu Pandey, Nepal, Denise Bar­bulescu, Ro­ma­nia and Garry O’leary, Aus­tralia.

Ms Bar­bulescu said the one-hour sem­i­nars pro­vided in­sight into some of the sci­en­tific break­throughs peo­ple com­monly used in daily life and work.

“Many of these break­throughs have come from the dif­fer­ent coun­tries that are rep­re­sented at GIP and in Hor­sham,” she said.

The con­tri­bu­tions made by in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists who have worked at Grains In­no­va­tion Park in the past 50 years will also be a ma­jor high­light of golden an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions later this year.

• Story, page 17.

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