Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus

12-13 August 2019, Canberra

Keynote Listeners

Each year a succinct summary of our conference is distributed within a few days of the event. This initiative is delivered by our Keynote Listeners who play an integral role in summarising and communicating the key take home messages from the event.

Our Keynote Listeners are sourced from our RAID Network (Researchers in Agriculture for International Development) – the Australia-based network that brings together early to mid-career researchers with an interest in agriculture and international development.

RAID’s support is also key to the successful delivery of our conference scholar program, assisting with our scholar activities and mentoring some of the scholars. Most of our conference scholars go on to be members of the RAID Network, a program of the Crawford Fund.

Read the 2019 Keynote Listeners report from ‘Weathering the Perfect Storm’ here.


Our RAID Keynote Listeners in 2019 are:

Madaline Healey is a member of the RAID Networking Executive, a Crawford Fund mentor in Laos and a former Crawford Fund conference scholar. She studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Melbourne University and a PhD in thrips ecology at CQU before heading off to Laos as a volunteer and then mentor in our plant pathology and mentoring activities there. On returning to Australia in 2015, Madaline started working at the University of the Sunshine Coast on ACIAR projects in Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. Her interests are integrated pest management, biological control and all things veggies. A short video on Madaline’s time in Laos as a volunteer in our biosecurity work is here.

Rebecca Cotton was a Crawford Fund conference scholar from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2016 and went on to be a Graduate Research Officer at ACIAR based in Canberra and an active RAID member. Bec’s B.Sc. majored in sustainability. She then completed her honours thesis on improving agricultural extension based in Fiji and the Cook Islands, with three months in the Islands conducting research with the subsistence and small holder farmers. A reflection by Bec on research and field work is in her RAID blog here.