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Agribusiness in focus for Fieldays

The University of Waikato is embracing this year's Fieldays theme, 'Growing our Capability in Agribusiness', as it gets ready to showcase its latest research and innovation at Mystery Creek, 10-13 June. Read more...

On the eve of Fieldays, the University will also host agri-stakeholders in an event to showcase its latest research and strengthen links with the agricultural industry. It will feature a presentation on improving the environmental outcomes of farming and a panel discussion on Working with Waikato. Researchers and others with an interest in the agri-sector are encouraged to register online here.

Visit the University's stand at Fieldays to see how mutually beneficial links with industry are assisting innovative research projects that are solving some of the world's big problems. We're giving away five double passes to Fieldays to alumni - head to our Facebook page to enter. 
Helping farmers combat the effects of drought
Preliminary findings from a research project by doctoral student Jack Pronger are signalling good things for farmers dealing with the ongoing effects of drought. His research looks at identifying approaches to increase pastoral drought resilience by using more diverse mixes of pasture species. Read more...
Research to benefit NZ's kiwifruit industry
Danielle Lelievre has been awarded $22,000 as the recipient of 2015's New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays Sir Don Llewellyn Scholarship. Her Masters research looks at the development of flavour in the G3 cultivar of kiwifruit, which was introduced to replace the Hort16A kiwifruit that had been severely impacted by the Psa virus. Read more...  
Making forestry harvesting easier
Mechanical engineering student Ben McGuinness says he's always enjoyed making "useful things." One of these useful things includes his PhD project - a system that automates the lifting and grading process of seedlings for forestry planting by using a robotic machine. Read more...
Improving the environmental effects of farming
On the eve of Fieldays, the University will host agri-stakeholders at an event to showcase its latest research and strengthen links with the agricultural industry. It will feature a presentation from soil expert Professor Louis Schipper (pictured) on ways to improve the environmental outcomes of farming; a panel discussion with members from the agricultural industry led by agribusiness professor Jacqueline Rowarth and the presentation of the Fieldays Scholarship. Read more...
Around the Faculties

Arts and Social Sciences: Professor of political science, Priya Kurian, along with her husband, management communication professor Debashish Munshi, have been announced as speakers at Hamilton's first TEDx event on 20 June. 

Computing and Mathematical Sciences: Alumnus and Microsoft senior programme manager Mark Staveley was back on campus to recruit students for jobs and internships at Microsoft. 

Education: Indian scholar Shashank Ghai is studying a Master of Sport and Leisure Studies as one of 10 people from India awarded a New Zealand India Sports Scholarship by India New Zealand. He says he's excited to study in what he says is "the most beautiful country in the world." 

Law: Home from a "whirlwind" trip to New York to attend the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women, Kimberley Kilgour says she's heartened by the strides made towards gender equality, but there's still a long way to go. 

Māori and Pacific Development: Following the success of the inaugural conference in 2013, He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference will be held again this year, 29 June - 1 July in Hamilton. It provides space for indigenous researchers to share their work from Aotearoa and around the world. 

Management: Acting Communications Manager for Matamata-Piako District Council, Jenni Cochrane, is this year's recipient of the Ted Zorn Waikato Alumni Award for Management Communication. 

Science and Engineering: University of Waikato scientists have identified the existence of a possible fault under Hamilton, but say much more work is needed to conclusively prove its existence and that no one should be concerned. 
 
On campus lately 
Thousands of prospective students came on to campus to take part in the University's annual Open Day (pictured). Professor Al Gillespie outlined the background to the crisis in the Middle East in two free public lectures in Hamilton and Tauranga. Kathryn Pavlovich from strategic management gave her Inaugural Professorial Lecture on styles of management that are changing the world. The Tauranga campus development came one step closer with the signing of a new agreement, and King Tuheitia visited campus to formally present his appointed nominee to the University Council. 
Happening soon
The National Agricultural Fieldays takes place at Mystery Creek from 10 - 13 June. You can buy tickets here and download the interactive map here. Alumni will take part in the in the Avantidrome BNZ Corporate Challenge on 20 June; the Alumni Office is a sponsor of the event - email alumni@waikato.ac.nz for your free ticket to attend the event and support fellow alumni as they race other corporate teams to take home the win. Leading authority on Chinese elite politics Professor BO Zhiyue will speak at Waikato Management School's free Excellence in Practice Series on Friday, 20 July. 
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