Are you looking to make your research more impactful? Are you interested in the power of agriculture to meet development outcomes? Come along to our ‘Careers in International Agricultural Research’ event hosted by the RAID Network, Crawford Fund, AgriBio, AgVIC and La Trobe University on 15 March 2024 from 10:00am to 1:30pm to learn how you can!

Enjoy a special keynote presentation by Dr Sally Norton, research lead of the Australian Grains Genebank and Plant Genetic Resources team at Agriculture Victoria, followed by an interactive panel session featuring all levels of careers in international agricultural research from student to established careers.


Sally Norton (keynote)

Dr Sally Norton is an Australian plant scientist and national Leader of the Australian Grains Genebank, with over 20 years’ experience in the collection, characterisation and curation of agricultural plants. Since 2013, Dr Norton has been the National Leader for the Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) bringing together three genebanks from around the country into a new facility at Horsham. Since then, the AGG has been established as one of the largest and most diverse collections amongst the world’s agricultural genebanks. The AGG contains the germplasm that underpins the development of new, more productive grain crop varieties to meet the changing conditions expected into the future for Australia.

Panel representing different pathways in international ag research (student, early/mid/late career):

Dr Ali Bajwa (Senior Lecturer in Agronomy and Weed Science, La Trobe University)

Matt O’Leary (Chief Communications Officer, RAID Network)


  • 10:00   Registration
  • 10:10   Welcome, introduction to event and short intros to AgriBio,
    La Trobe University, AgVIC, RAID Network and Crawford Fund
  • 10:25   Short ice breaker activity
  • 10:30   Keynote Session – Chair introduction
  • 10.35   Keynote Address
  • 10.55   Q&A
  • 11:10   Morning tea
  • 11:45   Panel Session – Chair introduction
  • 11.50   4 x Speakers present their story/pathways
    (mix of early/mid/late career researchers)
  • 12:30  Q&A and discussion
  • 13:00  Thanks and close for lunch
  • 13:30  Tour of the state-of-the-art AgriBio facilities (optional)

Tickets are free and will include morning tea and lunch! There is free parking near the AgriBio building.

Not a RAID Network member? It’s free to join and you will receive information on upcoming events, our quarterly newsletter and other RAID news. The Network welcomes early to mid-career researchers across the agriculture for international development space looking to grow their professional network and participate in capacity building opportunities. We aim to connect, engage, and support our members to become emerging leaders in their field. You can also join our Facebook group and/or follow us on Instagram.