Research collaborations explored in Presidential visit October 13, 2017 Presidential visit: President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger meets Acting Vice Chancellor Darren McKee to discuss collaboration with Murdoch University President Issoufou Mahamadou of the Republic of Niger has visited Murdoch University to discuss collaboration opportunities and to learn more about the University’s agricultural research. The President and his delegation, including Niger’s Foreign Minister, were welcomed by Acting Vice Chancellor Darren McKee before learning more about Murdoch’s expertise in crop biosecurity, environmental management and sustainable agriculture. The President, who visited Australia as a guest of the Australian Government, said that Niger faced big challenges which included famine and food security, rapid population growth, environmental protection and young democratic institutions. “I would like to congratulate Murdoch University for your achievements in agriculture, environmental science, health and political sciences,” he said. “These four areas are all domestic priorities for Niger and your work is very much of interest to us.” Acting Vice Chancellor Darren McKee welcomed the opportunity to showcase some of the translational research which is helping to solve real-world challenges. “We have world-leading researchers across animal, crop and pasture production, who are working to tackle the issues faced by countries like Niger, such as the impacts of a changing climate, soil degradation and food safety,” Mr McKee said. Three leading researchers from Murdoch’s School of Veterinary and Life Sciences presented on their work at the meeting. Professor YongLin Ren spoke about the importance of biosecurity measures in pre and post harvest, and the training opportunities run by Murdoch for government and quarantine officers. Professor Simon McKirdy presented on the objectives of the Harry Butler Institute, announced in August in partnership with Chevron to deliver outcomes that support long-term economic and social benefits without compromising biodiversity and the environment. Professor John Howieson from the Centre for Rhizobium Studies discussed how best to overcome the challenges presented by the transition from mining to agriculture. Print This Post Media contact: Eugenie Harris Tel: (08) 9360 2734 | Mobile: | Email: Eugenie.Harris@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, agriculture, biosecurity, environmental science, famine, niger 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!