Our Fran chosen for 2020

Southern Cross Univerity molecular scientist and Bentley cattle farmer Frances Shapter (pictured) has been selected as one of the 1000 best and brightest brains to take part in the Australian Governments 2020 Summit in Canberra on April 19 and 20.

Frances

is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics, investigating Australian native grasses as an alternative food source, and also runs a small beef cattle property at Bentley, just outside Lismore.

There are 10 key areas on the 2020 Summit agenda. Frances will participate in the forum covering Rural Australia: future directions for rural industries and rural communities.

Professor Robert Henry, director of the Centre for Plant Conservation Genetics, said Frances was in a good position to promote the role of research in agriculture.

Fran is connected to both the farming community and the research community and this will allow her to make unique contributions to communication between these groups, Professor Henry said.

Frances grew up in the Lismore area, completing her schooling at Lismore High.

She completed a PhD at SCU and in August last year was one of 10 people selected by the Australian National Farmers Federation to take part in the World Congress of Young Farmers in Buenos Aires, and a week-long study tour visiting research centres and farms in Argentina and Brazil.


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