QAAFI Diversity and Inclusion Committee

QAAFI values the contribution of our female and male staff and students from around the world, who undertake high impact science in tropical agriculture and food production. To support gender equity and diversity across QAAFI’s operations, we have established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee​.

Our aims

  • Develop and implement diversity and inclusion goals, strategies and targets with the aim of implementing best practice in QAAFI
  • Monitor the ongoing success of these initiatives and identify impediments to progress 
  • Provide a forum for broad discussion and consultation around diversity and inclusion at QAAFI
  • Contribute to the communication and reinforcement of shared values around diversity and inclusion to support a culture of inclusiveness at QAAFI
  • Raise awareness for issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion through seminars and other relevant events
  • Make recommendations to the QAAFI Management Team on issues relating to diversity and inclusion for staff and students at QAAFI
  • Work in partnership with other diversity and inclusion support groups across the University to share best practice, and ensure alignment with University-wide initiative


Upcoming Opportnities 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Fellowship opportunity
The University of Queensland are encouraged to support applicants to nominate for a research fellowship. With $240,000 over 3 years available for each fellowship, applications will remain open until the funding pool is fully allocated. | Click here for details and to find out how to apply. 

Queensland Women in STEM Prize
Showcasing inspiring women working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), whose practice benefits Queenslanders. | Don’t forget applications for the 2019 Queensland Women in STEM Prize close on 26 February!Click here for more info 

Funding of up to $7,000 for science, technology and engineering sector women available
Building on the success of last year’s ‘100 Days for Change’ campaign, Women & Leadership Australia is administering an initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s science, technology and engineering sector. The campaign is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $7,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs. | Find out more and register your interest by completing the Expression of Interest form here prior to Friday, March 15: 

QAAFI Diversity and Inclusion news

  • Queensland’s talented tech women and successful science professionals joined 385 friends, family and VIPs to celebrate the 2017 WiT Award finalists and winners at the gala awards dinner on Friday 1 September at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.
  • Cécile is studying sustainable grazing system intensification and is passionate about creating a healthier planet, but realises gender bias is still an obstacle for women in science. This passion has led Cécile to take part in a once-in-a-life-time experience, the Homeward Bound initiative, which involves an expedition to Antarctica.
  • Dr Yasmina Sultanbawa has been acknowledged for her 'Kakadu Plum - Fruitful collaboration puts indigenous industry on the world stage' project at the 2016 B/HERT Awards.
  • Researchers in UQ’s Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences have identified a new mechanism for how healthy cereals such as oats reduce the amount of cholesterol in the blood stream, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease.
  • Dr Gabriele Netzel has won a prestigious early-career Advance Queensland Research Fellowship to help protect livestock against Birdsville Indigo, Indigofera linnaei, a native legume found widely in pastures across much of central and northern Australia.
  • Dr Alice Hayward has won a prestigious mid-career Advance Queensland Research Fellowship, to develop the world-first MICROpropagator – a non-GM, non-toxic, root-inducing formula to speed up the root production of woody crops such as avocados.
  • 2015 proved a successful year for QAAFI’s Dr Alice Hayward.