Hort Innovation members to vote on their Constitutional change.
2021 Science and Innovation Award for Horticulture
An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Hort Innovation members has been called and will be held virtually on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1pm AEDST for voting members to consider changing the Constitution of Hort Innovation. These changes relate to: • All new Directors would be elected to the Board by voting members of the company (Currently, there is a mix of Directors elected and appointed by sitting Directors). • New elected Directors would have a maximum service period of two consecutive terms of three years, where currently Directors can serve three consecutive terms of three years. All Hort Innovation members will receive a formal notice of the EGM in September and this will include details of your voting entitlement (same as for 2019 AGM not 2020). Hort Innovation members can lodge their vote online prior up to 1.00 pm on the 7th October (AEDST) or can vote on the day of the EGM. Full details for both methods are in the meeting notice
Hort Innovation is partnering with the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive grant program for young researchers, scientists, producers and innovators aged between 18 and 35 years that research projects that benefit Australia's primary industries. This year, Hort Innovation is an official Science and Innovation Award partner, offering a grant of $22,000 through the Hort Innovation Leadership Fund, to a young Australian with an innovative research idea for the horticultural sector. The horticulture category winner will also be invited to apply for the Minister of Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management's Award, granting an additional $22,000 to extend the project. Applications are now open and close Friday 2 October at 5pm AEST, with winners to be announced at the ABARES Outlook event in March 2021. For more information visit www.agriculture. gov.au/abares/conferences-events/ scienceawards.
Leadership opportunity for women in horticulture
A number of scholarship grants are available for women in horticulture to participate in courses run by Women & Leadership Australia. Co-funded by Hort Innovation, up to 83 per cent of the program fee is covered and for women working in the apple and pear sector, a number of fully-funded scholarship positions are also available. More information on the program can be found here, and details on how to apply.