NextGen-ers continue to deliver and inspire!

June 22, 2020

Their passports have been shelved, and their suitcases are packed away, but our young students, graduates and volunteers involved in exploring the amazing and rewarding world of international agricultural research and development have continued to deliver during this crazy COVID period.

Here is a compilation of the most recent series of NextGen blogs focused on highlighting opportunities and providing advice for those young people wanting to broaden their horizons, develop their careers, and make a positive impact in the world of international ag. These are in addition to a great set of reports from our student awardees, which are also available in our website’s news stories.

From “Saying yes” to volunteer opportunities in Laos; to getting your foot in the door of the world’s largest global agricultural innovation network; to an international perspective on pesticide resistance from NextGen Plant Science Network; and a beautiful love and appreciation for bees and honey and friends in remote places, you will enjoy dipping into these short, shared blogs.

If you’d prefer to hear from passionate young Australians in this field, we partnered with Future Farmers Network to host a webinar which focused on working in developing countries and its benefits to our neighbours and Australian agriculture, as well as discussing professional and personal pathways for NextGen agricultural scientists and researchers. Dr Anika Molesworth, one of our former conference scholars, not only an MC-ed this webinar, she also gave a talk at the online “International Conference on Crisis in the Livestock Industry due to COVID-19” on the topic “How COVID-19 is impacting agriculture and rural communities, and what needs to be done.” The presentation is available here (from 14:30). And one of our volunteers has also done a podcast with GenerationAg on Small Holder Farming and Food Security.

Have you been inspired?

Our 2020 Student Awards are currently open! They are available for university students from every State and Territory to get international experience ‘in the field’ or engage with overseas work, so check out the backgrounder and apply online before 26 June 2020.

We could be reading about your experience post-COVID!