Engage with Canberra to ensure future of science, says Shadow Minister March 26, 2010 This week Sophie Mirabella, Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, flew in from Canberra to tour the Murdoch-based WA State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre (SABC) and to discuss capacity building. Her visit followed from Murdoch’s Associate Professor Mehmet Cakir’s attendance at the“Science meets Parliament” forum in Canberra this month where he extended the invitation to Mrs Mirabella. Arriving at the campus on Tuesday, she was met by five of Murdoch’s leaders in science research and development: Murdoch’s Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research), Professor Jim Reynoldson; Professor of Agricultural Biotechnology and Foundation Director of SABC, Michael Jones; Faculty of Sustainability, Environment and Life Sciences Dean Stuart Bradley, the Crop and Plant Research Institute Director John Howieson and Associate Professor Mehmet Cakir. Professor Jones, who specialises in crop and plant biotechnology and the genetic manipulation of plants, briefed Mrs Mirabella on the State’s major agricultural centre before the group discussed capacity building and access to Federal Government funds at Murdoch University and in WA. “The relocation of the Department of Agriculture and Food, WA, staff to Murdoch’s campus is highly significant,” Professor Reynoldson said. “Murdoch University is poised to be at the centre of the State’s research and development powerhouse in training and education for agriculture.” Mrs Mirabella said the key for success was greater engagement with Canberra in building science and innovation capacity in WA. Mrs Mirabella heard from Professor Howieson on the research capacity of Murdoch in agricultural biotechnology, genomics and bioinformatics. She also took the opportunity to further discuss with Associate Professor Cakir his gene discovery project that aims to safeguard Australia from insect pests, following their meeting at the “Science meets Parliament” forum. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, agriculture Tags: agriculture, biotechnology, crop and plant research institute, jim reynoldson, john howieson, mehmet cakir, michael jones, state agricultural biotechnology centre, stuart bradley Comments (One response) Gun Trust Dallas March 11, 2013 I think the biggest problem blocking scientific progress is politicians with an IQ of 80 that value ancient religious beliefs and the highest bidder over real science. Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!