Addressing the Agriculture, Energy, Water, Climate Change Nexus

12-13 August 2019, Canberra

Sir John Crawford Memorial Address

“From Looking Down the Microscope to Looking Out the Window”

Ballroom, Hotel Realm, Canberra

The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address has been held annually since 1985 in honour of the remarkable Australian in whose name the Crawford Fund was established. Sir John contributed at the highest levels to the development of Australia and other countries, and passionately supported international agricultural research for development.

Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD
Nobel Laureate
Professor Emerita, Biochemistry and Biophysics

We are particularly proud to have Australian Nobel Laureate, Prof Emerita Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD to present this year’s Sir John Crawford Memorial Address in her first address during a visit to Australia. Professor Blackburn will discuss how her lifetime’s research journey led to her broader interests in optimizing human health, including nutrition.

“Our curiosity-driven, basic science research on chromosome end-protection (‘telomeres’) has led to discovering societal and environmental factors that all impact on telomeres, and hence on human health. I will address how such basic science research has implications for, and can inform, public policies ranging from individuals to communities to nations. This is an example of why policies are best underpinned by knowledge that can only be obtained from doing the best science.”

The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address is the highlight of our specially styled networking dinner which allows participants to meet colleagues and make new connections with a wide variety of peers from across industries and regions in an enjoyable and more relaxed format than a formally seated dinner.

During the evening we will announce the winner of the Crawford Fund 2019 Food Security Journalism Award.

The Vote of Thanks will be presented by Dr Madaline Healey, RAID Network Executive Member, and Crawford Fund mentor in Laos and former conference scholar.