Student, University of Adelaide
Sponsored by the SA Committee
Heather is second year Bachelor of Agricultural Science student at The University of Adelaide. During her studies, she has developed an interest in international agricultural development, particularly the humanitarian aspects of food security. She has subsequently sought out opportunities to gain experience in this area. She was a member of the 2014 Ghana Study Tour, which was hosted by International Agriculture for Development. She is assisting with a project being conducted by International Agriculture for Development, titled ‘Australian Farmer Attitude to On-farm Risk Management and Insurance’. Heather is attending the Crawford Fund Conference to further her knowledge to apply to her studies and career.
Based on the experiences the conference provided, I have developed both short and long term goals I aim to achieve after I graduate, which will develop my skill base and assist me in gaining international agricultural experience.”
As an undergraduate student from the University of Adelaide, the opportunity to travel to Canberra and attend the 2014 Crawford Fund conference, was initially, quite a daunting one. However, my time spent in Canberra was invaluable in expanding my knowledge and invigorating my passion for international agricultural development.
All of the events that myself and the other young scholars attended, whether they were dinners, the conference itself or the Young Scholars programme, provided excellent opportunities to network and learn about people’s individual careers and the industry as a whole. Due to this, it is difficult to pinpoint one specific part of the trip which was a highlight; there are too many! However, there were certain aspects and features of the conference which I believe were particularly beneficial.
Based on these highlights, it is evident that I feel this conference benefited me in many diverse ways. Primarily, it took me out of my comfort zone which developed my confidence, provided thought provoking discussions on relevant agricultural topics, and also provided fantastic professional networking opportunities. Based on the experiences the conference provided, I have developed both short and long term goals I aim to achieve after I graduate, which will develop my skill base and assist me in gaining international agricultural experience. I would recommend this opportunity highly to anybody who has a passion for agriculture and research.