Our Keynote Listeners play an integral role in summarising and communicating the key take home messages from our conference each year.
Shortly after the event, we will release their succinct summary for those looking for an overview of what they heard or a snapshot of what they missed.
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.
Our RAID Keynote Listeners in 2023 are:
Camilla is an agricultural scientist, agricultural consultant, an a RAID Network committee member and represents RAID on the Crawford Fund’s Victorian Committee. Her 10 year career has involved field research in the Australian Apple and Pear Industry, agronomy, product development involving the evaluation of agrichemical products for the private sector, and managing research and development projects for the Australian Horticultural industry in nutrition and integrated pest management.
Camilla has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne which was focused in plant physiology and nutrition with her research thesis at the CSIRO Plant Industry investigating phosphorus acquisition by wheat.
She is currently doing a PhD in Digital Agriculture whilst working in consulting which involves irrigation development work in Vietnam as well as improving soil health in vegetable production systems across Australia. Camilla is passionate about communicating research for practical application to farmers to improve agricultural productivity and profitability.
She is an avid traveller and spent part of last year travelling to the UK, France, Spain, the US and New Zealand for her Churchill Fellowship to explore orchard production systems, apple breeding and cider production to bring back new knowledge to the Australian apple and cider industries in an effort to find more economical ways of growing fruit for cider production and improve the apple industry value chain.
Camilla is dedicated to increasing agricultural production efficiencies, minimising food waste and improving accessibility to food for developing countries. She was one of the Australian volunteers in the pilot research and leadership workshop that the Crawford Fund supported during COVID for online training and remote volunteering and this year, has been a volunteer for an in- country assignment with the Vietnam University of Agriculture in Hanoi.
Anna is on RAID’s Central Committee and is passionate about agriculture for international development to achieve food security through international and cross-cultural mechanisms. Since she was a Crawford Fund Conference Scholar in 2019, Anna has been a scholar mentor and speaker throughout the Scholar Program. Whilst studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours), she also received a Crawford Fund Student Award to travel to Timor-Leste to work on a project targeting improved maternal and child nutrition through nutrition-sensitive agriculture.
Anna is currently working as a Policy Officer at the Department of Industry, Science and Resources in the Strategic Policy Division. Prior to this, she was a Program Support Officer at ACIAR in the Social Systems program. Anna is looking forward to attending the Crawford Fund Conference in 2023 as a Keynote Listener where she hopes to network with likeminded people interested in using research insights to understand and solve complex problems across the Asia-Pacific region.