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School of Agriculture Food and Wine
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HSW Guidance

May 24, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Safety Print This Post Print This Post

The HSW Team have drafted a new FAQ to provide guidance to staff in deciding if a Safe Operating Procedure (SOP) is required in accordance with the Hazard Management HSW Handbook chapter.  

The FAQs aim to clarify:

  • what tasks require a SOP;
  • what information should be included on a SOP;
  • that SOPs, should be written for the task, not the item of equipment/chemical;
  • who should complete the SOP; and
  • what level of information and/or instruction is required when there is a SOP documented for the activity.

The SOP also includes a decision tool.

This tool should assist you when you are providing advice to the supervisors/person in control, on hazard management.

Should you require any further information please contact your Senior HSW Advisor.

Cheers, Nicola

Innovative Teaching@Waite

May 24, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Our next IT@W session will be held on Friday June 1st at 1pm in Room 110 Charles Hawker Building.

This year for the first time we have trialled “Guest Tutors” in Animal and Plant Biochemistry II. The inaugural cohort of guest tutors comprised Stu Roy, Delphine Fleury, Matt Tucker and Sunita Ramesh.

Delphine and Sunita will present at IT@W the approach they took to deliver their tutorials and discuss from their perspective if this is a good format to engage our students in interactive learning.

As this meeting is at lunchtime please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided as usual.

 Looking forward to seeing you.

Beth and Karina




May 23, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

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Plant research infrastructure to receive $2.6 million

May 22, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Plant research at the University of Adelaide will benefit from a $2.6 million research infrastructure investment announced last week.

The grant was announced under the Federal Government’s new $1.9 billion Research Infrastructure Investment Plan Facilities for the Future: Underpinning Australia’s Research and Innovation.

The $2.6 million will go to the national Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), led by the University of Adelaide and including The Plant Accelerator.

“This investment is great news and will allow us to update infrastructure and equipment, and introduce new technologies for the development of new and improved crops, healthier food, more sustainable agricultural practices and improved maintenance and regeneration of biodiversity,” says Professor Julie Owens, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research Strategy at the University of Adelaide.

“Plant research is an extremely fast-paced environment, and we need investment to continue to ensure we stay at the cutting edge of research, particularly as we face an environment with declining arable land and climate challenges.”

The Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, including the University’s Plant Accelerator, is a network of national research infrastructure platforms that offers researchers access to state-of-the-art plant phenomics technologies, tools and expertise not available at this scale or breadth in the public sector anywhere else in the world. The APPF is a partnership between the University of Adelaide, CSIRO and the Australian National University.

Capabilities include phenotyping (measuring the physical characteristics); plant growth environments; controlled environment rooms; gravimetric platforms; data visualisation; drone technology; imaging; precision measurement; lighting systems; sensors; and laboratory instruments.

The Research Infrastructure Investment Plan was announced today at The Plant Accelerator, based at the University’s Waite campus.

The Plant Accelerator contains large greenhouses, called Smarthouses, fitted with high through-put, fully automated conveyor systems, watering and digital imaging chambers for the non-destructive phenotyping of plants. This system consists of over 1km of conveyors with a total capacity of up to 2,400 plants in radio-tagged carts, driven by high capacity computing equipment.

The University of Adelaide is also involved in other National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NICRIS) facilities which will receive funding under the new Investment Plan.

They are: ATLAS of Living Australia ($2.1 million); AuScope ($1.5 million); Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility ($14.4 million); Australian National Fabrication Facility (OptoFab Node) ($36.2 million); Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network ($7.4 million); National Computational Infrastructure ($6.3 million); and the Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN) ($5.1 million).


Sam Le Gallou Web & Digital Marketing Coordinator at Waite

May 22, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Sam Le Gallou will be on Campus on alternate Tuesdays, starting 22/5/18.

He will be based in the WRI Office, room 1.83 Plant Research Centre. Sam is working on the new AFW website with Keryn Lapidge, so please come and say hello.



ASPS 2018 Peter Goldacre Award for Dr Caitlin Byrt

May 22, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Good News Stories Print This Post Print This Post

Congratulations to Dr Caitlin Byrt who is the recipient of The Australian Society of Plant Scientists (ASPS) prestigious 2018 Peter Goldacre Award, one of the premier research awards from ASPS.

Caitlin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology here at Waite. Her expertise is in the area of plant biology, particularly as it relates to membrane transport and cell wall biology. The main focus of Caitlin’s research is identifying traits that influence cereal crop productivity.

The Peter Goldacre Award honours the memory and attainments of Peter Goldacre, a young scientist and foundation member of the ASPS. The Award is made on the merit of original research in one area, the findings of which have been published, or accepted for publication, in the three years preceding the year of the Award. The work should be done within 10 years of the candidate submitting their PhD.

“I am very grateful for the support of my colleagues and mentors – the encouragement and research training they have given me has made the wonderful honour of receiving this award possible,” Caitlin said.

Caitlin will receive her award and present the Peter Goldacre Lecture at the ComBio2018 conference to be held in Sydney in September.

Crawford Fund Sponsorship

May 22, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post



Sponsorship for young Australian agricultural scientists

to attend

‘Reshaping Agriculture for Better Nutrition’

Parliament House, Canberra

 13 – 15 August 2018


The Crawford Fund is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that exists to promote research and development for world food security. We are offering sponsorships of up to $2,000 to assist young Australian agricultural scientists to attend the Crawford Fund Conference, entitled “Reshaping Agriculture for Better Nutrition-The Agriculture, Food, Nutrition, Health Nexus.” The conference will ask “how can we feed and nourish the world’s increasing population with a diet that promotes good health and at the same time minimise further environmental impact?”  The Conference will be supplemented with a scholars program where the scholars hear more from the speakers and network with key researchers, academic and policy makers involved in food and nutrition security.

The sponsorships will be made through the Crawford Fund’s SA program.

Eligible costs to be met from the grant include conference registration fees and related transport and accommodation costs. Applicants must:

-        Be under the age of 35 as at 1 July 2018,

-        Be either a full-time student at a university or working in agricultural science or related field,

-        Be able to demonstrate an interest in international agricultural development, and preferably in the technical area covered by the Crawford Fund conference.

Preference will be given to applicants who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Those sponsored to attend the conference will be required to make a presentation at a relevant academic or research institute; work with the relevant State Coordinators and their Committees to enhance interest amongst their peers in international agricultural research, and provide a 500-word article outlining how they benefited from the conference and what they considered to be the highlights. These articles will be summarised for inclusion in the Crawford Fund newsletter and website.

Applications for the sponsorship for South Australia must be submitted by 15 June 2018 to the Crawford Fund Coordinator Mr Roger Wickes, (phone 0417086584).

There are no forms to complete. Your application should explain why you wish to attend the conference, contain biographical details, relevant research or work interests, and should be accompanied by a letter of support from your University, research supervisor or employer.

Successful applicants will be notified, by 6 July 2018.

Regular Visitors to Waite

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Please refer to the table below for details of regular visitors to Waite. Staff and students are welcome to drop by .

Waite regular visitors



LabArchives Workshop at Waite – Friday 8th June.

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

LabArchives is the University’s newest solution for researchers wishing to store and share their research information. A limited number of workshops will be held in the week commencing the 4th of June and you are invited to participate.


LabArchives offers a digital alternative to paper-based record-keeping for everything that relates to research of any kind. It’s cloud-based (with data stored and backed up within Australia) so it can be accessed across any location that has internet access and can be used by more than one person at a time. It will help with some of the issues that we currently face  such as reduced efficiency through the use of paper notebooks, difficulties in collaboration (particularly for research groups across different locations), and organisational risks around the of loss of data and information, particularly after people have left the uni or their project. It’s a flexible tool that has wider application than just within a traditional laboratory setting: you can use it to store and manage anything that you would normally record in relation to your research. It’s a great way to aid communication and collaboration between supervisors and HDR students, and within a research group, especially if you collaborate across different organisations.

LabArchives is an established product within the university sector in Australia, has received positive feedback, and is used by most of the other Go8 universities. It’s a flexible tool that has wider application than just within the lab. Researchers in all disciplines can use LabArchives to store and manage primary materials, research data, standard operating procedures, research protocols and more.

We have invited members of the Research Data (ReDa) reference group and a selection of researchers who have indicated their interest in being early adopters of LabArchives, as well as the groups who support them. We extend this invitation to you to have a first look at LabArchives as it begins to be used around the university.


The ANZ Regional Manager of  LabArchives, Paul Cremin, will be at the university from 4 to 8 June running a series of workshops for researchers and the people who support them. This will be an opportunity to set up research notebooks, have your questions answered, and make connections with other early adopters. Further training and support opportunities will be available after the initial launch.

Please visit if you would like to participate in one of the workshops.

Paul and the team will be at Waite  on Friday 8 June, with sessions scheduled at North Terrace and Roseworthy on other days.


We hope to see you soon. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Helen Foster, x34778, email

 Helen Foster

Change Manager  (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) | Information Technology & Digital Services

  The University of Adelaide | Level 4 | 50 Rundle Mall Plaza | Adelaide  SA  5005

08 8313 4778


Pre-retirement Essentials

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

This free UniSuper seminar provides members with the key issues to consider leading up to retirement. Suitable for members aged 45–59 years old. Friday 25 May, 1.30 pm. Napier 208 lecture theatre. Registration

Researcher Development Series

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices, Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Integrity and authorship for researchers in the Faculty of Sciences. Ethical research practice, including the appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others, is a feature of good research culture, and is a requirement of national funding bodies and the University. These sessions introduce these responsibilities for Faculty of Science staff and HDR students. Sessions: Waite campus, Friday 25 May, and Roseworthy campus, Monday 28 May. Registration.

Electronic Research Notebooks

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

LabArchives offers a digital alternative to paper–based record keeping for everything that relates to research. Initial workshops will be held in the week commencing Monday 4 June. Registration.

Fulbright Scholarships

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

The scholarships are now open for study and research opportunities across all academic levels. The new Fulbright Future Scholarship covers full tuition and/or visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, travel and living costs for innovative research projects with potential for significant impact. More Information, webinar or email. Applications close 15 July.

Vice-Chancellor’s Roadshow – timetable

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

Starting today, the following staff information sessions will be held by the Vice-Chancellor, leading into the Strategic Planning process:

Monday 21 May
11.10 am to 12 noon – Faculty of Sciences, Physics 103, Kerr Grant lecture theatre.
2.10–3 pm – Faculty of the Professions and the University Divisions, Scott Theatre.

Wednesday 23 May
11.10 am to 12 noon – Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Napier 102 lecture theatre.

Friday 25 May
9.10–10 am – Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, AHMS G030 lecture theatre.
3.40–4.30 pm – Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, Helen Mayo North N103, Florey lecture theatre.

Staff who are unable to attend can watch the sessions on live streaming here. Further information about the Strategic Planning process, including the ability to leave comments, can be found here

ORCiD for researchers

May 21, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

If you are a researcher or research student then you need an ORCiD or Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCiD is the persistent digital identifier which distinguishes you from every other researcher. Drop in and sign up Wednesday 23 May or Tuesday 29 May, 10 am to 3 pm, Hub Central, North Terrace campus or sign up online.

Faculty Events and Workshops

May 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

The Faculty of Science supports researchers with a wide range of events, information sessions and workshops to assist in applying for grants, working with industry, and career development.

Please note: event dates and details are subject to change, please check this website regularly for updates.

Integrity & authorship for researchers

If you’re doing research, you may have heard (or even been directly involved with) discussions about authorship or research integrity. Did you know that ethical research practice, including the appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others, is not only a feature of good research culture but also required by national funding bodies and the University?  

This session will introduce your responsibilities as a researcher, including how to address authorship/integrity issues, and how to seek help if things go awry. Lunch provided.

Attendance at this session will be noted and may be provided to the DVCR at his request. HDR students are able to claim CaRST credit for participation at this activity and certificates of attendance will be made available upon request.

North Terrace
Thursday 17 May
10 am – 12 pm
Physics 121
Friday 25 May
10 am – 12 pm
Charles Hawker 117
Monday 28 May
10 am – 12 pm
School Council Room

For more information contact Kelly Banwell.

Book online

Voluntary Flexible Work Arrangements (VFWA)

May 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Admin Notices Print This Post Print This Post

The University of Adelaide aims to ensure that staff members are able to balance their work and other (including family) commitments by supporting voluntary flexible work arrangements (VFWA). The VFWA’s that may be requested by eligible staff members at the University of Adelaide include:

  • Reduced Employment Fraction
  • Purchased Leave Arrangement
  • Compressed Weeks (professional staff only)
  • Change of Work Pattern

Please refer to the interactive guide in determining which arrangement suits your situation, or refer to the below link for further information on these arrangements.

View the Interactive Guide.


If you do not have a VFWA in place, requests to temporarily increase your work hours, are done via a paper based form.

Increase in Hours (Temporary) – Application Form (.doc)
Increase in Hours (Temporary) – Application Form (.pdf)



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