Welcome to ILLUMINATA podcast! We are two PhD students from The University of Queensland that want to highlight the importance of women in agriculture who are part of the STEM community. We are so proud to be part of this and we want to share with you the real life of some extraordinary women making a difference in their field.
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The Art of Excellent Farming (and better returns) | Dr Kate Burke
ILLUMINATA Ep. #24 Dr Kate Burke author of the book 'Crops People Money & You: The Art of Excellent Farming’ has a practical and pragmatic approach to farming. Based on thirty years of experience as an agricultural scientist in the dryland cropping sector, she knows how to connect the dots of science, people and money. With a unique blend of evidence, insight and empathy, Kate encourages readers to clear the fear and take the steering wheel toward Excellent Farming.
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Pasture science lecturer on moving abroad, research philosophy and mentoring | Dr Beth Penrose
ILLUMINATA Ep. #23 Agronomist Beth Penrose moved from the United Kingdom to Australia in 2017 to start her own research group at the University of Tasmania in Hobart. Her research focuses on improving soil and plant nutrition for human and animal health, whether that is increasing concentrations of beneficial nutrients, or reducing concentrations of contaminants. She regularly works between disciplines, collaborating with researchers in health and nutrition, food science, aquaculture, zoology, geology and education. Her previous work looked at using genetic variation in mineral uptake by grasses to reduce transfer of radioactive caesium and strontium to cows in contaminated areas. Beth is a member of the GRDC Community of Practice for Crop Nutrition and is the Secretary of the Australian Grassland Association. She is also the Tasmanian representative for Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) and sits on the Tasmanian Committee of the Crawford Fund.
@bethpenrose linkedin research profile
Next-gen Ag leaders series part 4 | Emma Ayliffe
Episode #22: Emma Ayliffe is an agronomist, farmer, business founder and agri-tech innovator. She has been named the 2021 Young Farmer of the Year. Emma is a co-founder of agribusiness, Summit Ag and also co-founded Yacker – a free app that connects people in the agricultural sector. She has been recognised for her advocacy work, innovation and passion. She hopes to see more young people involved in agriculture in the future. Emma is also a crop doctor on the side and works as an agricultural consultant, helping farmers from Griffith to Lake Cargelligo with production.
Next-gen Ag leaders series part 3 | Dr Elizabeth Chapman
Episode #21: Dr Elizabeth Chapman (Liz) grew up surrounded by green fields and countryside in the heart of Somerset, England. Elizabeth did her PhD, entitled, ‘Balancing the Genetics of Source to Sink to Increase the Productivity of Bread Wheat’, at John Innes Centre in collaboration with KWS-UK. Here she gained her love of fieldwork, applied breeding and plant physiology, excitingly integrating phenotypic and genotypic data to gain both a genetic and agronomic understanding of the importance of staygreen traits. Elizabeth recently joined Carlsberg Research Laboratory as part of the ‘Crops for the Future’ team. . Elsewise she’ll be found running or cycling round the parks, harbours and streets of Copenhagen, knitting, baking...and attempting to learn dansk-selvfølgelig!
Next-gen Ag leaders series part 2 | Dr. Millicent Smith
ILLUMINATA Ep. #20 Dr Millicent Smith is a plant physiologist with expertise in legume crops. Now she is a Lecturer in Crop Physiology at the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland. Typically working at the whole plant or crop level, her research is focused on understanding the above- and below-ground mechanisms that underpin adaptation to abiotic stress and the impacts of changing resource availability on yield and seed nutrient content. Millicent has extensive experience developing and applying novel chemical, isotopic and physiological phenotyping techniques and technologies across scales from lab to field.