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Slatyer medal presentation and public lecture: Professor Rana Munns FAA

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RN Robertson Lecture Theatre

RN Robertson building 46

46 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU

Acton, ACT 2601

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Please join us for an evening with the 2018 winner of the Ralph Slatyer medal – Professor Rana Munns FAA.

Wednesday 30 May, 2018, 5.30pm – 7pm

RN Robertson Lecture Theatre, RN Robertson Building 46, 46 Sullivans Creek Road, ANU.


Speakers:

Professor Brian Schmidt, ANU Vice Chancellor

Professor Allen Rodrigo, Director, ANU Research School of Biology

Professor John Evans, ANU Research School of Biology

Professor Rana Munns, 2018 Slatyer medal winner: Strategies for increasing crop yields on saline soils


About Professor Rana Munns FAA

Rana Munns is an eminent Australian biologist who has had an extended and influential research career and is passionate about education.

The global need for increased food production along with the expansion of cities into previously-cultivated land means that agriculture is moving into regions with lower rainfall and saline soils. Professor Rana Munns has worked towards increased crop production on soils that are dry or saline. She is recognised internationally for her insights into the fundamental principles of salt tolerance, and for the applications of these insights. She discovered important genes for sodium exclusion and led a research team that resulted in breeding lines of durum wheat that yielded 25% more grain on saline soils in farmers' fields. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, and Professor at the University of Western Australia. She is also Honorary Fellow at CSIRO Agriculture & Food in Canberra.

About the Ralph Slatyer medal

The Research School of Biology established the Ralph Slatyer medal for outstanding research in the field of biology, including biomedical science, in honour of emeritus Professor Ralph Slatyer AO, FAA, FRS. Professor Slatyer was a distinguished scientist, a former Director of the RSB and the first Chief Scientist of Australia (1989 – 1992).

The medal is awarded annually, to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to biological science and is an Australian citizen, or Australian resident, or whose work has significant relevance to Australia. It may be awarded for either a major discovery or for a lifetime’s achievement.

The medal was designed by Steven Holland, who was Artist in Residence at RSB in 2015, under the ANU Vice-Chancellor’s College Artist Fellowship Scheme. The design features Snow Gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) leaves collected from the Snowy Mountains, both tree and location having special meaning to Professor Slatyer. The centre of the design represents the sun, and the inner wavy lines represent plant-water relations and photosynthesis.

Event will commence at 5.30pm, and will include a 45 minute lecture and presentation of the medal to Professor Rana Munns, followed by a reception from 6.30 – 7pm.
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Acton, ACT 2601

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