Charles Sturt connects budding agricultural and environmental scientists with industry leaders

7 MAY 2024

Charles Sturt connects budding agricultural and environmental scientists with industry leaders

Charles Sturt University is connecting future students with industry leaders as they take their first steps toward a career in agriculture or environmental sciences.

Charles Sturt University is connecting future students with industry leaders as they take their first steps toward a career in agriculture or environmental sciences.

The Agriculture and Environmental Science Information Night will be held online, on Tuesday 28 May from 6pm to 7.30pm, inviting current high school students, recent school leavers or anyone interested in a career change to attend.

Aimed at showcasing the University’s undergraduate courses and world-class facilities, the online event will connect prospective students with staff, experts, current students and industry partners who may eventually become their employer beyond graduation.

Leaders in the industry will share insights and developments within their prospective fields, including from Integrated Solutions and Precision Ag Manager at Hutcheon and Pearce Mr Hamish Ross, Executive Director and Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia Mr John Harvey and National Parks and Wildlife Service Western Division Regional Manager Mr Darren Pitt.

Associate Dean (Academic) of the Charles Sturt Faculty of Science and Health Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed said it was important to allow prospective students to hear from, and engage with, those already working in the field.

“Charles Sturt is committed to inspiring more students to study agriculture and environmental sciences, and the best way to do this is by sharing the knowledge of people in the industry who can elaborate on the range of jobs available, the rewards and the exciting advancements ahead,” she said.

“In doing so, we’re not only helping students fulfill their career goals, but also working to bolster skilled workers as the nation faces a workforce shortage in these areas.”

Professor Whitsed said attendees would also hear about the wonderful courses on offer through Charles Sturt, as well as how to apply their learning to real life scenarios.

“At our Wagga Wagga campus, we have the 2,000 hectare Global Digital Farm, herbarium, phytotron plant growth chambers, rhizolysimeter, glasshouses, the winery and vineyards,” she said.

“Each of these facilities are used for learning in our agricultural sciences courses to give students hands-on experience.”

Those attending the information night will also learn about the environmental science facilities at Charles Sturt in Albury-Wodonga and Port Macquarie, including 80 hectares of grey water management, incorporating water harvesting, run-off management, reed beds and wetlands.

Sub-Dean of Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science and Health at Charles Sturt University Dr Prue Gonzalez will join the number of guest speakers on the night, as well as Head of Digital and Sustainable Agriculture in the Gulbali Research Institute for Agriculture, Water and Environment Mr Jonathan Medway.

2023 Bachelor of Agriculture graduate Ms Marieke Hoelscher and Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management graduate Ms Kaija Pedler will speak on the night to share their experience studying at Charles Sturt.

Professor Whitsed said the impressive selection of guest speakers would shed light on the changing landscape of Australian agriculture and the environment.

“Not only will people learn about the career opportunities, support services and scholarships available during and beyond their studies, but they will also hear about the future of the agricultural industry in a changing world, including areas such as precision agriculture technology and the role of sustainability,” she said.

While the event is free, registration is encouraged via the website.

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Media Note:

For more information or to arrange an interview with Associate Professor Rachel Whitsed, contact Jessica McLaughlin at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0430 510 538 or via news@csu.edu.au

The Gulbali Institute for Agriculture, Water and Environment is a strategic investment by Charles Sturt University to drive integrated research to optimise farming systems, enhance freshwater ecosystems and improve environmental management, to deliver benefits across Australia and globally.


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