Jenna: In three weeks I’m off to the US to attend the American Weed Scientist Society conference for my other job as a Research Associate at the Uni of Adelaide in the Weed Management department. While I am a bit disappointed that I have to give a talk, on the first day of the conference, at 8:30am in the morning, ON MY BIRTHDAY!!!, the conference will be held in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida, so I can’t really complain! The conference will mainly cover research into the control and management of weeds in two main areas; natural eco-systems and cropping systems (my areas of research). I will be talking about herbicide resistance in rye grass, the most common weed in SA cropping systems, and the work we have been doing to try to determine the best management strategies for farmers.
I will be doing a few other ‘sciency’ things, like visiting a lab at Colorado State University and the Kennedy Space centre, as well as squeezing in a few other non-work related activities such as Skiing in Colorado and checking out the sites in Miami and Las Vegas.
I will let you know how it all went when I get back. Until then…an improvement in the dollar would be great!!