Master Classes are the flagship training initiative of the Crawford Fund and are often delivered in partnership with other key agencies, including ACIAR, CSIRO, CGIAR Centres, universities and state governments. Master Classes are coordinated by Professor Shaun Coffey.
Since 1992, around a 1000 people have participated in more than 50 Master Classes, held in 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific, Africa and Australia. Visit our Master Class Reports page to learn more about these Master Classes through reports produced since 2003.
Delivered by experienced instructors, each class offers high quality tuition to early and mid-career researchers within the field they have already trained and are actively working in, to build a higher level of expertise across emerging areas of science, policy and agribusiness.
Classes can consist of lectures, discussion sessions, video presentations, laboratory work and field visits. Skills covered include those relevant to the following areas:
- Market access, biosecurity and food policy
- Sustaining agriculture’s natural resource base
- Global change and risk assessment
- Science communication, information technology and intellectual property.
In 2016, planned Master Classes will focus on Soil Productivity, Research Management and Market-Access and Biosecurity.
Visit our YouTube site to view videos of the following past Master Classes:
- Agricultural Research Management & Leadership, Penang
- Communicating Research to Stakeholders, Ethiopia
- Communicating Research to Stakeholders, Fiji
- Communicating Research to Stakeholders, India
- Master Class on Agribusiness, South East Asia.
“It’s been a great privilege to be a part of the Master Class. I will share what I’ve learned with my colleagues and extension staff back home.”
Sarita, Researcher, Nepal
“The classes gave me skills to better communicate with people in rural villages. Now I can coach my junior staff to do the same.”
Tokintekai, Principal Agricultural Officer, Kiribati
The Fund actively seeks delivery partners for the Master Classes and welcomes enquiries and suggestions for the development of new topic areas. Australian research and training institutions wishing to get involved in the Master Classes are invited to contact Dr Colin Chartres (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To access news and training stores on our past Master Classes, click on the links below:
- News: Master Class builds Indonesian Biosecurity, February 2018
- News: 2016 GOAL Master Class held in India, April 2017
- News: MC on Research Leadership—An Overview, December 2016
- News: Research Leadership MC in Penang, November 2016
- News: New MC on Research Leadership & Management, June 2016
- News: International Delegates Support Soil Master Class, May 2016
- News: New network to boost agricultural trade in Africa, May 2016
- News: Agribusiness vital to Asia, February 2016
- News: Taking plant biosecurity skills to Africa, December 2015
- News: Genebank Operations and Advanced Learning (GOAL) Master Class, November 2015
- News: Women in Agricultural Development in Vietnam, November 2015
- News: Building Capacity for Integrated Catchment Management—A Master Class, October 2015
- News: Australia-Africa Plant Biosecurity Partnership Media Releases, October 2015
- News: Master Class in Applied Fisheries, September 2015
- News: Focussing our training, July 2015
- News: Communications Master Class in India, April 2015
- News: Communication knowledge spreads in PNG, April 2015
- News: Communication knowledge spreads in PNG – full report, April 2015
- News: African Communication, March 2015
- News: Africa Communication Master Class Open, February 2015
- News: Great Feedback on Pacific Master Class, January 2015
- News: Introducing Colin Chartres, July 2014
- News: Communicating and networking takes off, May 2014