Crawford-in-Queensland International Engagement Awards now open

January 30, 2021

Dr Kathy Crew with her colleagues at the Centre de Recherche Agronomique in Tahiti.

The Crawford Fund QLD Committee supports targeted training and mentoring of overseas scientists and extension officers by experienced Queensland counterparts working on similar agricultural research challenges.  

In 2021, the Queensland Committee will be again offering a small number of Crawford-in-Queensland International Engagement Awards.

An overview of the awards, the selection criteria, and the application form can be downloaded here.

โ€œWhile associated travel cannot be undertaken until after DFAT advice confirms it is safe to do so, the committee is pleased to be supporting a diverse set of training and mentoring in industries of significance to both Queensland and neighbouring countries, including Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific and Indonesia,โ€ said Professor Bob Lawn, Coordinator of the Queensland Committee.

Further specific enquiries can be directed to the Queensland Coordinator, Prof Bob Lawn at bob (dot) lawn (at) crawfordfund (dot) org

The open call for applications for the 2021 awards closes on 7 May 2021.

Here is a report on the international engagement award to Dr Kathy Drew from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, who mentored and collaborated with Dr Maurice Wong and his colleagues from the Direction de lโ€™Agriculture in French Polynesia to halt the spread of the devastating banana bunchy top virus  โ€“ a good example of a great win-win biosecurity story, with benefits both for the South Pacific and for the Qld banana industry.