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Planning for the future APPF

Overview

As we develop our plans and provide input to Government on the next National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, APPF is engaging with stakeholders, partners and collaborators to seek your ideas, comments, feedback and thoughts. The Engagement Hub provides three key ways to engage and have your say. We have recently completed a survey, and you can still think big in the Ideas Wall, and join the two conversations running in our Chat Space.

Project Overview

As we develop our plans and provide input to Government on the next National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, APPF is engaging with stakeholders, partners and collaborators to seek your ideas, comments, feedback and thoughts. The Engagement Hub provides that opportunity with three key ways to engage: complete the survey, contribute ideas and join the two conversations running in our chat space.

1. SURVEY From time to time we will add a survey to listen to your thoughts on APPF now and into the future. This will help us to set the scene for future planning.

2. CHAT SPACE To the right of the survey you'll be able to access our chat space where we have two conversations live about APPF now and APPF into the future. It's just a click to get into the space and join the discussion.

3. IDEAS WALL There's an Ideas Wall where you can think big about future research and industry needs, input your ideas and comment on or support ideas submitted by others.

New tools and a new paradigm for research discussion paper

While much scientific research was once limited by lack of data, that is changing rapidly. In this paper, the APPF's Dr Tim Brown and Dr Susie Robinson discuss how these changes are enabling a fundamental shift in how we can undertake science and research.

Join the Conversation

This conversation is about understanding why you think APPF is important. What would you miss, what would fail or become more difficult if we weren't here? 

We understand that factors like costs, access, location, research efficiency and other research benefits which are all important to our users. What is important to you as a user or potential user?  

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APPF
Published On
 Thu, 29 Oct 2020
  • Are we missing the ability to achieve more impact by not having an on-the-ground presence in Queensland? Western Australia? Tasmania? etc APPF offers a 'research hotel' option, to either run experiments on behalf of our clients located anywhere in the world, or to help researchers come and visit with us onsite whilst they do their work. Is this enough? How could we do this better?


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    Susie Robinson
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     Thu, 03 Dec 2020
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In thinking about future research and industry needs, what infrastructure and services should the APPF invest in to support plant phenomics and agricultural research and development in the broader sense? This is where we want to capture your wish list of what we should be doing and why. 

Think about major research infrastructure, tools, data, technologies, expertise, education and other activities that would be nationally significant or require national coordination.

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APPF
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 Fri, 30 Oct 2020
  • I agree but think that it’s about more than the infrastructure - the expertise and knowledge to use it and help apply it is more important.  That knowledge and expertise also has to be willling and able.


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    Rob Coe
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     Fri, 11 Dec 2020
  • A key component in the future has to be a vision for how APPF and plant phenomics data can contribute to the big questions that can enhance Australia's (and the planet's future), such as food security, food futures, novel growing techniques, crop selection and improvement, integrated supply chains, landscape planning, carbon sequestration, and water management.



    Agriculture, and specifically crop selection, optimisation and productivity is critical knowledge in each of these areas. What partnerships are needed and what new investments are necessary so that Australia can have a truly joined-up approach to modeling different crops in the landscape and responding to the specifics of climate events, changes in the economy/market, etc.?


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    dhobern
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     Fri, 04 Dec 2020
  • I'm interested in people's views about the idea of a really integrated 'omics for precision ag' type facility- combining genomics, phenomics and computational informatics. This might offer a genuine 'start-to-finish' solution, as a value-add to the existing various Australian platforms that separately and individually provide data acquisition and analysis.


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    Susie Robinson
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     Fri, 04 Dec 2020
  • There is a range of major infrastructure that needs to be addressed. In addition though, I believe there is considerable merit in devising a system for sharing the existing infrastructure that is currently housed in individual Universities, and State and Commonwealth research agencies. Some of that equipment may be in almost constant use, but equally a lot is not fully utilized and making it more broadly available would be a great step forward in promoting a more collaborative environment. The APPF should consider driving the development of a register accessible by an app. perhaps focused regionally at first.  


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    Geordy
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     Thu, 03 Dec 2020
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What are the big opportunities looking ahead?

What are the future opportunities for innovation in Australian agriculture? What areas could or should Australia be working in, or directions we could be taking where national research infrastructure becomes critical. No limits here, let’s brainstorm your ideas for opportunities and ideas that should be further explored.