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From the Chair

Tue 30, Mar 2021


With the AIA annual general meeting coming soon, I thought it was timely to remind our members that there will be opportunities for you to make contributions to the National Board, as well as to your Divisional Committees. One of the critical roles that we're looking to fill this year is the role of Editor for our journal, Agricultural Science. At a time when science is doing battle with fake news and half-truths, the importance of our journal cannot be overemphasised. The Institute is now looking for an Editor that has a passion for communication and for sharing the great work done by our members, embracing the science of the challenges facing us now in agriculture in the Australian farming context. They should possess a flair and talent for engaging with our members, the broader readership, and be interested in leaving a legacy. In order to be considered for the role you do not need to be a member of AIA. However, you will need well-developed skills in writing, editing, undertaking and overseeing peer review and have a broad knowledge of agriculture in Australia and the region general.

If this role sounds like it could be for you or if you think that you could contribute to the editorial team in some practical way, then reach out to the National Office now. Also note that registrations of interest for the role of Editor will close on the 15th of May this year. We look forward to receiving your expression of interest.

In addition to the role of Editor we are also looking for members who would like to contribute to one of the committees of the Board of the AIA. There are a number of committees including those covering advocacy and policy, ethics, marketing communications, finance audit and risk, as well as awards. If you can see yourself making a contribution to one of these committees send your registration of interest through to the National Office, reach out to any one of our Directors who will be willing to talk to you about what is involved.

Turlough Guerin CAg

Chair, AIA


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