Friday, 15 June 2012

Thirty years, but still a long row to hoe

This month heralds 30 years of ACIAR. 

The Centre was announced in 1981. This was the year the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer wedded, France abolished capital punishment, Muhammad Ali fought his last fight, and the computer game Donkey Kong was first released.

The following year, on the third day of June, the Centre was formally established by the passing of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research Act 1982.

Prior to instigation, ACIAR was just a 'gleam in the eye' of its founders. To read more about the work that was undertaken to achieve the vision of ACIAR and make it a reality, read the article by the very first three staff members Prof Jim McWilliam, Dr Denis Blight and Dr Gabrielle Persley in the special anniversary edition of our flagship publication Partners.

At a recent staff meeting current CEO Dr Nick Austin reflected on the past thirty years, regaling staff with anecdotal press clippings from the year the Centre was founded.

While we acknowledge the achievements so far, there's still a long way to go.

Staff did, however, take some brief time out for a small and informal morning tea following the regular staff meeting.
ACIAR's most recent and longest serving staff members, Gary Leckie and Betty Robertson,
cutting ACIAR's 30th birthday cake under the watchful eye of CEO Nick Austin.
Alexandra Bagnara, ACIAR Science Communicator

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