AFW Bulletin

School of Agriculture Food and Wine
University of Adelaide

Position Available:Executive Director, Australian Plant Phenomics Facility

September 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Positions available Print This Post Print This Post

An outstanding opportunity exists for an exceptional leader with an entrepreneurial vision to lead the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility (APPF), a Commonwealth funded national research infrastructure facility with nodes at the University of Adelaide, CSIRO and the Australian National University.

The Executive Director will be a distinguished leader and an exceptional communicator, able to promote national consultation and knowledge exchange, and to inspire and unify diverse and complex groups to ensure Australia continues to be a serious international contender and attractive collaborative partner in the relatively new, but rapidly developing field of plant phenomics.

The Executive Director will work in close collaboration with the APPF Advisory Board. Nurturing productive relationships with a range of private, governmental and non-profit stakeholders in Australia and overseas, and consulting with leaders in agriculture, food and wine science, the Executive Director will develop and implement the APPF strategic plan, ensuring APPF infrastructure is aligned with the needs of the research community and industry to help tackle some of the biggest challenges for agriculture of our time.

To be successful you will need:

  • Quality background in ‘science to delivery’ and sound understanding of the Australian research and innovation sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to attract co-investment and to drive and meet growth targets.
  • Significant commercial experience, well-developed business acumen and evidence of success in influencing policy development and decision-making.
  • Extensive understanding of Australian plant and agricultural science and related industry
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Ingenuity – invitation for Sciences to be on the judging panel

September 19, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: General Print This Post Print This Post

Please register your interest if you are interested in judging at Ingenuity this year. This is open to both professional and academic staff. 

Event details:

Event:                   Ingenuity 2018

Date:                     Tuesday 23rd October

Time:                    9.15am – 11:30am (approx. end time)

Location:             Adelaide Convention Centre, north terrace

Their role would be to judge one of the following overall Ingenuity prizes (each valued at $1000), awarded by the Faculty of ECMS;

Social Impact Award

The Social Impact Award recognises a project that successfully puts forward a positive improvement for humanity and/or our environment.

Ingenuity 2018 Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognises a dynamic project that offers an original solution that displays thinking leading to a transformation that is not just new but also creative. 

Ingenutiy 2018 Communications Award

The Communications Award recognises the group that is able to best communicate their project and its purpose in a simple, non-technical and engaging way.

All members of the judging panel will be provided with detailed instructions, criteria and leading questions for exhibitors prior to the event.

If you are interested in taking part in the judging panel,   please   complete the following link by Friday 28th September Click here to register


Position Available: Lecturer in Oenology

September 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Positions available Print This Post Print This Post

We are seeking a motivated individual to join the Wine and Food Science Department within the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at Waite. You will be required to teach and coordinate undergraduate and postgraduate subjects in wine, undertake original research, supervise postgraduate students, and be involved in the wine making activities of the department.

Salary: (Level B) $96,135 to $113,788 per annum

Term of position: This continuing position is available immediately.

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. Tertiary qualification in Wine or Food Microbiology or other relevant discipline, with at least 3 years postdoctoral experience.

To be successful you should have:

  1. A strong track record in research with a background in oenology or related field, evidenced by papers in peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, patents or equivalent.
  2. A track record in teaching at the undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels, including demonstrated capacity to relate to students from a variety of backgrounds.
  3. Demonstrated success in attracting external research funding and to initiate and lead research activities, particularly in collaboration with industry.
  4. Research interests in areas relevant for collaboration within the School.

For further information and to apply click HERE

Closing date: 11.55pm, 8 October 2018

The University of Adelaide is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the requirements of this position are strongly encouraged to apply.

Superstars of STEM program

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

Science & Technology Australia’s Superstars of STEM program is now open for applications. This program aims to inspire and encourage young women to pursue a STEM degree and a career in STEM by supporting and elevating the profile of relatable role models in a variety of STEM jobs all around Australia. Read the rest of this entry →

AFW Post Graduate Symposium 19th of September

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

All are welcome to attend AFW Post Graduate Symposium on the 19th of September , in the Charles Hawker Conference Centre.

The programme for the day is attached below.

8.45am – Welcome from Head of School.

Seminars commence at 9am.

Postgraduate Symposium Timetable 2018

Stepathlon activity challenge

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

The University is pleased to partner with the Stepathlon activity challenge and invites staff to join the Universities Edition, commencing 1 October. Increase your physical activity levels with your colleagues by making a team of five, tracking your activity, and progressing along an online racecourse around a virtual world. Registration is free for the first 30 teams, so be quick. Further information



Free resilience seminar presented by Shane Bilsborough

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

Life has its ups and downs and, when things don’t go to plan, it can be challenging. It’s not always possible to prevent stressful or difficult situations, but you can strengthen your capacity to deal with them. This free workshop will give you 10 simple and easy to use tools to help you become more resilient. Wednesday 26 September, 12.30–1.30 pm. Napier building (G04 lecture theatre). Further information and registration.


Accommodation needed, October-March

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

Michele Serafini, an Italian student at Wageningen University will do an internship at the Waite from October through March. He is looking for accommodation (room, shared unit/house or house sit), preferably within walking/cycling distance of the Waite. Non-smoker. Willing to look after pets/gardens. If you can assist, please contact Michele at or Diane Mather at



CRUSH: the grape and wine science symposium

September 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Conferences Print This Post Print This Post

This annual event is an opportunity for researchers, technical staff, academics and students to share the latest knowledge in grape and wine science in Australia. Tuesday–Wednesday, 25–26 September, Waite campus. CRUSH runs back-to-back with the Australian Society for Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) Innovation Seminar on Thursday 27 September. Further information.

Early CAPS timesheet submission deadline

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

An early CAPS Timesheet submission deadline will apply due to the PeopleSoft Campus system upgrade. Casual staff should submit all time worked for the period 15–28 September (inclusive) by 3.30 pm, 28 September. This should include any hours expected to be worked past 3.30 pm on 28 September. Further information

PeopleSoft Campus upgrade

September 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: IT Notices Print This Post Print This Post

PeopleSoft Campus Solutions will be upgraded on Tuesday 2 October. All users across the University will experience some simple look and feel changes, including a new menu navigation. Staff are encouraged to register for information sessions at the Campus Upgrade website. This upgrade will require several system outages over the long weekend, Friday 28 September to Tuesday 2 October. Please check the website for full outage details.

Date / Time
Use link to book the session

    Campus     Room / Building
Monday 24th September, 11am   Waite    

Meeting Room 111
AWF School Office

Barbara Kidman Fellowships

September 18, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Grant Opportunities Print This Post Print This Post

The Barbara Kidman Fellowships are now open and we encourage all eligible members to consider applying. Details released by the DVCR Office are below – closing date is Friday 19 October 2018. The Guidelines, Application Form, Head of School Acknowledgement Form and a set of FAQs are available on the Research Branch website at:

The Academic Women’s Forum together with the Fay Gale Centre for Research on  Gender will be holding an information session around the application process on Friday 5th October 10.30-11.30am in Napier 142 – North Terrace Campus.  In addition to the Q & A session, a number of previous Barbara Kidman Fellow recipients will talk about their experience and offer tips on how to approach the application.

Please RSVP to  by 3 October if you plan to attend.



Upcoming major maintenance to IT services

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

Information Technology and Digital Services will be conducting major maintenance to several University systems including Staff Services Online (SSO), Staff Follow-You Printing and PeopleSoft Campus, Finance and HR on Sunday 23 September. Please check the website for a full list of impacted services and outage details.

Animate Your Science workshops

September 17, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

These free workshops for researchers are led by Dr Tullio Rossi, science communicator and ThincLab founder of Animate Your Science. Learn how animation video, graphics and storytelling can be used to increase awareness and impact of your research. A session will be held at Waite campus at 2pm on 9 October. 10 additional places have recently been added, so book now to secure your seat. 

Agriculture, Food and Wine Seminar Series

September 17, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Seminar Print This Post Print This Post

Come and hear about great science going on across the campus, up the road or across the sea! Expand your network and find new collaborators!

Everyone is welcome to a shared morning tea (please bring your own coffee cup) following the seminar.

WHEN: Thursday 20th September. 10:30am Seminar, 11:15am morning tea
WHERE: Plant Genomics Centre Seminar Room
SPEAKERS:  Dr Krista Sumby and Dr Jay Bose. School of Agriculture, Food and Wine | The University of Adelaide



National Genomics Conference in Adelaide

September 17, 2018 By: Karen Chance Category: Conferences Print This Post Print This Post