Announcing our 2015 Conference Scholars

July 20, 2015

The Crawford Fund supports young Australian agricultural students and scientists with a keen interest in contributing to international agricultural development. The Conference Scholarships are offered to further encourage young people in their studies and careers in international agricultural research.

2014 young scholars
2014 Crawford Fund Conference Scholars

At this stage, 46 scholars are being sponsored to attend this year’s Annual Conference, ‘The Business of Food Security: Profitability, Sustainability and Risk’.

The 2015 scholars will attend the conference and our special Crawford Fund Scholars Day—a full day of activities at the national science centre Questacon. They all provide a report after attending the events (to view last year’s report, click here) and we also have examples of the impact for some scholars in this short video.

We would encourage your support for these or other nominated scholars. We are most appreciative of the support we have received so far from the Gardiner Foundation, Elanco, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) and Bayer CropScience. You can also donate to this cause through the conference registration process. Information on how you could contribute is here.

This year’s successful scholars are listed under the Crawford Fund committee or other institution which is supporting their involvement:

ACT Committee

Naveenkumar Athiyannan, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Ritika Chowdhary, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Sam Malfroy, Plant Health Australia
Elena Martin Avila, Australian National University
Joe Moore, Charles Sturt University
Hannah Osborn, Australian National University
John Rivers, Australian National University
Sahibzada Shafiullah, Charles Sturt University
Kimberley Tilbrook, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

NSW Committee

Tom Borowski, The University of Sydney
Manannan Donoghoe, The University of Sydney
Sharna Holman, The University of Sydney
Benjamen Lenehan, The University of Sydney
Anika Molesworth, Charles Sturt University
Bezaye Tessema, University of New England
Muhammad Tufail, Charles Sturt University
Josephine Wright, The University of Sydney

Qld Committee

Gurion Ang, The University of Queensland
Massimiliano De Antoni Migliorati, Queensland University of Technology
Brodie Foster, The University of Queensland
David Innes, The University of Queensland
Monal Lal, James Cook University
Anika Miller-Cooper, The University of Queensland
Usana Nantawan, Griffith University
Caspar Roxburgh, Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation (QAAFI)

NT Committee

Johanna Nielsen, University of Southern Queensland
Megan Williams, The University of Melbourne

WA Committee

Nikki Dumbrell, The University of Western Australia
Lachlan Hunter, The University of Western Australia

SA Committee

David Brunton, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
James Cowley, The University of Adelaide
Jessica Tan, South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI)
Shuangxi Zhou, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Tas Committee

Miriam McCormack, University of Tasmania
Katie Mulder, University of Tasmania

Vic Committee

Jen Bond, Mallee Sustainable Farming
Kelly Stanger, The University of Melbourne
Hannah White, La Trobe University

Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES)

Jenny Eather, Australian National University/Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)


Tanapan Sukee, The University of Melbourne

Gardiner Foundation

Mary Abdelsayed, Holstein Australia
Martin Foerster, Monash University

Global Youth Ag-Summit (GYAS)—Bayer CropScience

Brittany Dahl, Australian National University
Victoria Pilbeam, Australian National University
Tom Rochford, Deakin University
Sally Stead, The University of Melbourne