Uni of Adelaide to extend research partnership with SARDI
Thursday, 18 October 2012
The University of Adelaide has agreed to extend its research partnership with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), bringing the best of the State's agricultural science research together.
University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Warren Bebbington welcomed the new alliance.
"This is a good outcome for the University of Adelaide. Extending our already strong relationship with SARDI through this new partnership will also directly benefit our State's farming community," he said.
As part of forming the research alliance, an Agricultural Research Consultative Group will be established between the University of Adelaide and SARDI to ensure an alignment of wider strategic interests.
"Working together, the University and SARDI will be able to concentrate on areas with clear synergies, thereby increasing the overall research and development capacity."
An earlier proposal had looked at integrating SARDI within the University, but extended consultation and a cost-benefit analysis suggested this would result in high set up and ongoing costs. Furthermore many of the benefits could be gained, with less financial risk, through a research partnership instead.
"The University of Adelaide has internationally recognised strengths in agriculture, food and wine and veterinary/animal sciences based at our Waite and Roseworthy Campuses. Partnering with SARDI will complement these areas of focus and help us to build international attention on the State as the most important centre for agricultural and related research in the Southern Hemisphere," Professor Bebbington said.