veski sustainable agricultural fellowships

The long-term sustainability of Australia’s agricultural sector and regional communities rely on innovation and strong collaboration between industry, government, philanthropic groups and the community. Innovation and collaboration can transform our local economies, grow local industries and provide jobs for thousands of people struggling across the state.

On Wednesday, 2 December the Minister for Agriculture announced the inaugural veski sustainable agricultural fellowships

The first round of fellowships have been industry driven where veski sought expressions of interest from a range of industries and sought their input into the identification of a specific problem or issue and their assistance in the design of the fellowship to develop a solutions driven outcome, identifying key requirements of the fellowship candidates along with international best practice examples.

  • Victorian Dr Pangzhen Zhang from The University of Melbourne who is developing a ‘pepper’ map to define the distinctiveness of Victorian wine; 
  • An American maize farmer with a world record grain yield who will work with the Maize Association of Australia to help Northern Victoria attempt a World Record Maize Grain Yield; and 
  • Università di Bologna’s Professor Luca Corelli Grappadelli who will be paired with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR) and industry collaborators to determine the viability of pear varieties for Asian markets.

Read about the announcement of the three inaugural fellowships

Read the profiles of the projects

On 5 March 2015, veski launched a new program of veski sustainable agricutural fellowships.

Since 2004, veski has been attracting and bringing outstanding global talent to Australia to develop solutions to address modern challenges facing health and medicine, the environment, technology and society more broadly. The new veski sustainable agricultural fellowships draw on this experience to bring world leading scientists and researchers to Australia to work in collaboration with farmers, industry and government.

The fellowships support industry partners, research organisations and industry collaborators seeking to stimulate and further develop Australia’s food and agricultural industries with innovative solutions.

Three fellowships are being funded in 2015 with the support of a one-off generous philanthropic gift from the John T Reid Charitable Trusts.

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