Announcing Our 2018 Annual Conference Scholars

July 31, 2018


We are proud to announce this year’s highly anticipated Crawford Fund Annual Conference scholarship winners from universities and organisations across Australia.

These dynamic and enthusiastic recipients represent some of the best young minds in agricultural, environmental and veterinary science, aquaculture, hydrology, horticulture, bee pathology, biology, nutrition, postharvest management and food security.

Since 2010, the Crawford Fund has been supporting young Australians with an interest in food security and agricultural science and development to attend our annual conference and special Scholars’ Days activities through our Conference Scholarships.

An integral part of the scholar program, is matching the scholars with a mentor who will help them make relevant and interesting connections throughout the event and share knowledge and experience beneficial to the scholar’s interests, research and career.

The Crawford Fund family with the 2017 scholars

This year, we are pleased to announce 44 awardees of our 2018 Annual Conference Scholarships. We have received a tremendous response from an impressive group of young students, researchers and industry representatives with an interest in reshaping agriculture to better address food security, the nutritional needs of a growing population, and the environment.

We thank the supporters indicated in our scholar list but also those individuals who have made donations to our scholar program as registering for our conference, listed here and it’s not too late to donate online.

Our past scholars have found this conference scholarship experience to be both personally rewarding and valuable in helping them develop opportunities in their work and studies in international agricultural research. You can read more about these scholarships on our website, including reports from our 2017 scholars here) or a booklet or a video on our YouTube site.

The successful 2018 Crawford Fund scholar recipients are listed below. Twenty-two recipients are being supported by the Crawford Fund’s State Committees, and we are also pleased to announce an additional 22 scholars funded by our loyal and supportive external Scholar Sponsors.

Reflections from this year’s scholars will be available after the conference.

If you are attending the conference and would like to be considered as a mentor to a scholar, please contact [email protected]

For more information, download the Scholar Program and Scholar Bios.

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

ACT Committee

  • Annamaria De Rosa (Australian National University, ANU)
  • Demi Gamble (CSIRO/ANU)
  • Evie Packett (CSIRO/ANU)
  • Joseph Vile (Murray-Darling Basin Authority)

NSW Committee

  • Harry Campbell Ross (University of Sydney)
  • Isabel MacPhillamy (University of Sydney)
  • Cooper Schouten (Southern Cross University)

NT Committee

  • Samantha Nowland (University of the Sunshine Coast and NT Government)

SA Committee

  • Bonnie Armour (University of Adelaide)
  • Emma de Courcy-Ireland (Flinders University)
  • Willa Matchett (Viterra, Adelaide Ports)

TAS Committee

  • Claire Cunningham (University of Tasmania)
  • Nam Ha Duong (University of Tasmania)
  • Md Hasanuzzanam (University of Tasmania)
  • Matthew Wilson (University of Tasmania)

VIC Committee

  • Maree Bouterakos (Deakin University)
  • Stefanie Carino (Monash University)
  • Abbey Dyson (RMIT)
  • Stephanie Prado (Deakin University)

WA Committee

  • James Bidstrup (University of Western Australia)
  • Alicea Garcia (University of Western Australia)
  • Silke Jacques (CSIRO)

Australasian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (AARES) SA

  • Rida Akzar (University of Adelaide)

AARES QLD & University of Queensland

  • Emily Dahl

Central Queensland University

  • Anita Chang
  • Eloise Fogarty
  • Simon White

Centre for Horticultural Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland

  • Alexander Nilon

Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland

  • Zeping Shao


  • Rebekah Burns (University of Sydney)
  • Alex Howard (SARDI, SA Govt)

Gardiner Foundation

  • Tim Luke (LaTrobe University)
  • Kiana Barrie-Gresham (University of Melbourne)

Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University

  • Matt Champness
  • Jian Liu

Marcus Oldham

  • Sophia Hoffenberg

Melbourne University

  • Georgia O’Shea

Plant Health Australia

  • Jenny Shanks

Sunshine Coast University

  • Natalia Medeiros De Souza
  • Camila Moura Nogueira Ribeiro

University of New England

  • Ei Mon Thida Kyaw
  • Manisha Kolakshyapati

University of Queensland

  • Rebekah Ash
  • Anthony Rutto