Waite women winners in wine and innovation awards

The winners of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards were announced on Tuesday 26 September, at a ceremony at Australia House in London.

Professor Eileen Scott, University of Adelaide School of AFW, was named the Workplace Champion of Change winner. This award recognises those who have provided outstanding support and advocacy for women in the industry and/or have been instrumental in implementing female friendly work practices.

Since 2013, Professor Scott has been the Faculty of Sciences Deputy Dean for Gender, Equity and Diversity and has been instrumental in the University of Adelaide joining the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Initiative. As J.A.T. Mortlock Professor of Plant Pathology, her research focuses on the diagnosis, epidemiology and management of fungal and bacterial diseases of grapevines, horticultural crops and pulses.

The Australian Women In Wine Awards are an initiative of The Fabulous Ladies Wine Society to acknowledge and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.

Congratulations to Dr Caitlin Byrt who has won the 2017 Winnovation Award in the Science category, sponsored by the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources. The awards were presented at an event on Friday 6th October as part of the 2017 Open State Festival.

The Winnovation Awards showcase and celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia. They are an inititive of Women in Innovation SA, a not-for-profit organisation that exists to support innovative women working in S.T.E.A.M. + Intrapreneurs, entrepreneurs and the businesses that support them across South Australia.

Caitlin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food and Wine here at Waite. Her expertise is in the area of plant biology, particularly as it relates to membrane transport and cell wall biology. The main focus of Caitlin’s research is identifying traits that influence cereal crop productivity.

“The Winnovation event created an excellent opportunity to learn about what is happening broadly in the innovation sector in SA, network with a cohort of interesting and inspiring people, and promote our activities here at Waite,” Caitlin said.

“I greatly appreciate the support of our research committee which made this opportunity possible”.

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