AFW Bulletin

School of Agriculture Food and Wine
University of Adelaide

New home of AFW bulletin

January 29, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

One of the Executive Dean’s key priorities is to improve how the schools and faculty work together. As such, this has started by improving our internal communication – the goal being to increase information sharing and engagement across our faculty and schools. 

The Faculty have been able to achieve this so far by recruiting web authors to populate the sciences intranet blog, which in turn feeds into the e-newsletter Sam Le Gallo crafts each fortnight. Results show that these activities have been well received by staff. Attached is a progress report with statistics that goes into more detail.

The sciences intranet blog provides staff with extra benefits – including a larger audience, a more modern interface, increased usability for staff, less duplication, as well as a way to better connect the school staff to the rest of the faculty and vice versa.

The AFW Bulletin WordPress site will cease being used. The site will be retained as an ‘archive’ in case staff would like to access its historical content.

Link to new AFW Bulletin

At the bottom of the new blog, staff are able to submit feedback.

Supplier invoices – Australian Business Number (ABN) requirement

January 25, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Suppliers of good or services in Australia should have an Australian Business Number (ABN).

Please do not submit invoices without an ABN to Accounts Payable for work done in Australia or by Australian residents overseas.

If you are engaging someone to provide goods or services, it is your responsibility to ensure they have an ABN or risk the invoice payment being delayed and tax withheld.

If the supplier does not have an ABN, they can register online.  Alternatively, for labour services, consider engaging via a Labour Hire Agency or a casual contract.

If you have any questions, please contact Finance & Procurement Services on 08 8313 3414 or

Staff Credentials in SSO

January 25, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Capturing information about staff is important for the University to meet legislative requirements, improve university rankings, understand the profile of the workforce, and ensure a safe environment for staff and students. These aspects contribute to the University’s ability to deliver quality teaching and research outcomes.

In order to capture some of this information, Staff Services Online (SSO) has been enhanced to facilitate this. University Staff (Including Casuals), Visitors and Titleholders are now invited to add the following Licences and Certificates or Emergency management details in SSO.

Licences and Certificates

  • Radiation – EPA Licence – Sealed/Unsealed (LS)
  • Radiation – EPA Licence – Ionising (LX)
  • Licence to perform High Risk Work – Forklift Operation (Class LF)
  • Licence to perform High Risk Work – Crane and Hoist (Class HM)
  • Licence to perform High Risk Work – Crane and Hoist (Class CB)
  • Cranes & Work Boxes – HRWL
  • Scaffolding – HRWL
  • Dogging & Rigging – HRWL
  • Vehicle – Class C
  • Vehicle – Class LR
  • Vehicle – Class MR
  • Vehicle – Class R
  • Boat Operators Licence
  • Coxswain Licence
  • Firearms
  • Boom type elevating work Platform
  • Rehabilitation Return to Work Coordinator
  • White Card – Construction Industry Safety
  • Read the rest of this entry →

HDR student travel grant to German-speaking institutions

January 25, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Scholarships Print This Post Print This Post

Multiple grants are available to allow students to travel to German-speaking countries to undertake a wide range of research activities including:

 Research field work or a short study program

  1. Internships and related industry placements
  2. Conference presentations and attendance

Students enrolled in postgraduate research programs at the University of Adelaide and who have had their candidature confirmed are eligible to apply for the Grants using the application form which can be found at this link:

Applications for travel in the second half of 2019 (1 July to 31 December 2019) close on 26 April 2019.  Applications for travel in 2020 will be part of a separate application process to be advertised later in 2019. 


Any enquires regarding the grants can be directed to


Carpet cleaning dates

January 23, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Periodic carpet cleaning is taking place on the long weekend of 25 to 28 January 2019 for University Buildings at Waite that are serviced by Service Delivery.

Please ask staff, students and other occupants to move all loose items other than furniture from the floor by 5pm on 25/1/19, to enable carpet cleaning. Access to some locations may be restricted for safety reasons, please ask your team members not to enter defined work zones while work is in progress.

If you have any queries about the servicing please contact Linda Sperring e:

or our Cleaning Coordinator, Jiim Mikromanolis.

PhD Major review seminar

January 23, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Rajesh Barua from the Weed Science Research Group will speak about his work for his PhD Major review, on Monday 4th Feb, 10am, Charles Hawker Room 205.

 PhD Title: Herbicide resistance in winter grass (Poa annua) and its management

Potato tasting sessions

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

SARDI are recruiting consumers to sample a range of Potatoes and provide their opinions.

There will be five cooking methods and participants can attend all five methods (e.g. Boiled, Fried, Mashed) if you are a potato lover. One session per day.

Potato tastings

Time 10-15 minutes

Location: Sensory Facility, Wine Innovation West Building, Hartley Grove, Urrbrae SA 5046 (Waite Campus Adelaide).

Participants will receive: $10 Coles group voucher*

 Please email to register your interest and the time at which you would like to attend

Remedial massage therapist

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Seated massages are available to staff and students every Wednesday in the Adelaide Graduate Centre, Level 2 Schulz building (via Schulz West lifts).

Jane is a remedial massage therapist and you can make a claim for your massage (if eligible to do so) through your private health fund.

She is located in a private room, plays relaxation music and diffuses aromatherapy oils to maximize the effect of your massage.

All massages are done through clothing and include the following areas:

  • Neck
  • Shoulders
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Hands

Call Jane directly on 0422 895 436 to book your time.

Costs are as follows:

  • $20 for 15 minutes
  • $35 for 30 minutes

More information can be found on her Facebook page at .

Sciences Gender Equity and Diversity update

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Gender Equity and Diversity

The Sciences Gender Equity and Diversity Committee will convene for the first time in 2019 in February.

 Director, Gender Equity and Diversity – Faculty of Sciences

Associate Professor Kapil Chousalkar will be the Director, Gender Equity and Diversity for the Faculty of Sciences from 1 January 2019. A/Prof Chousalkar takes over from Prof Eileen Scott who has very ably led the portfolio since 2013. The announcement from our Executive Dean Keith Jones can be found here.

Postgraduate Student Representative on Sciences Gender Equity and Diversity Committee.

The Sciences Gender Equity and Diversity Committee welcomes Erin Brazel, a postgraduate student from the School of Biological Sciences. Erin will contribute to the committee by providing her insight, along with that of fellow students, so the committee can ensure it is listening and developing plans with the views of this cohort considered, as it works towards creating greater gender equity and diversity within the Faculty of Sciences.

We look forward to making Erin welcome.

Beltana cafe

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post


Beltana cafe is now open.

The menu is attached here menu

 Special requirements / gluten free / vegan all available upon request

For Catering and Functions M. 0431 501 929 E.



EndNote training sessions at the Waite Campus

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

A beginners’ EndNote training sessions is scheduled at the Waite Campus.  

Thursday 14th February

10am – 12pm

Computer Suite 2 (Room 129) in the Charles Hawker Building

No previous knowledge of EndNote is assumed.

The hands-on sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Create an EndNote Library
  • Enter references manually
  • Learn how to change reference styles
  • Export citations into EndNote
  • Manage references, using Searching, Sorting and Groups
  • Use the find full text feature
  • Attach full text manually
  • In Word, create in-text references and a reference list
  • Edit in-text references
  • Create an independent bibliography
  • Save your library
  • See where to get help

 Note: This workshop is an accredited activity for CaRST (CaRST Credit: 2 hours for Domain A: Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities)

 Please email if you wish to attend this session.




Twenty six new bee species discovered in the Australian Outback

January 22, 2019 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

South Australian researchers have discovered 26 new species of native bees from the outback of Australia. The new species belong to the subgenus Colletellus in the genus Leioproctus in the family Colletidae – the group of the silk bees. The bees in this family cover the inside of their nest with self-produced silk to protect their offspring.

Previously, the subgenus Colletellus was considered to contain a single species only. According to the authors, this finding demonstrates that a wealth of native bees remain to be discovered Australia. The study was published in the open access journal Zookeys.

The team, consisting of Remko Leijs (South Australian Museum), Katja Hogendoorn (University of Adelaide), and James Dorey (Flinders University) discovered six of the new species during various Bush Blitz surveys.

The study underscores the fact that the Australian bee fauna, and especially that of the interior, remains as yet poorly understood.

“Despite native bees’ environmental and economic importance as pollinators of native plants and agricultural and horticultural crops, only an estimated two-thirds of Australian bee species are as yet known to science” says Dr Katja Hogendoorn at the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and member of the conservation committee of the Australian Entomological Society.

“This lack of knowledge of the taxonomy, distribution and population dynamics of Australian native bees, and of invertebrates in general, affects our ability to assess the conservation status and undertake ac