Issue 3
Monday, 14 March 2016
Charles Darwin University
The John Dillon Scholars with Professor Grahame Webb (centre) and Professor Andrew Campbell (third from right)
The John Dillon Scholars with Professor Grahame Webb (centre) and Professor Andrew Campbell (third from right)

Visiting scientists target our research

A group of senior agricultural scientists from South-east Asia has visited Charles Darwin University during a study tour in the Northern Territory. 

Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods Director Professor Andrew Campbell said the visiting scientists were interested in learning how Australia organised and implemented its research in horticulture, agriculture, biosecurity, fisheries and forestry.

“We were able to provide some insights into how our funding system works, how we form collaborative research partnerships and how we sustain research programs over long periods of time, despite the short-term funding cycles of many grant schemes,” Professor Campbell said.

“Professor Grahame Webb introduced the Territory’s crocodile industry as an example of how the conservation of a threatened species had been successfully combined with tourism and the sustainable use of wildlife.” 

During their two days with CDU, the scholars visited revegetation trials, Crocodylus Park, Fogg Dam, Window on the Wetlands and met with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Simon Maddocks, and CDU’s science leaders at Casuarina campus.

They are in Australia on a six-week leadership development program, courtesy of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research’s John Dillon Fellowship program. 

The scholars are: Dr Sathya Khay from the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute; Dr Nurul Hilmiati from the Indonesian Institute for Agricultural Technology; Dr Nyo Me Htwe from the International Rice Research Institute in Myanmar; Ms Luanah Yaman, Manager of the PNG National Fisheries Authority; and Dr Martin Golman, Acting Director of the PNG Forest Research Institute.