Masters students return from a week-long intensive in Perth

Masters students return from a week-long intensive in Perth


13 Masters students (5 part-time and 8 full-time), in the ‘Water, land and people’ specialisation stream have recently returned from Perth, Western Australia where they participated in a week-long study intensive for the module ‘Water and Agricultural Landscapes’.

Masters students in the Water, Land and People specialisation in the field during the Perth intensive

The module, which is delivered primarily through an intensive eight-day session based at the Crawley Campus of the University of Western Australia (UWA), is framed around the learning needs of each individual. Prior to travelling to Perth, each participant provided details about their background, education and professional experience, personal learning objectives from the module and the Master of Integrated Water Management (MIWM), career aspirations and a case study they would follow throughout the module to support their learning process.

The study intensive was filled with a succession of lectures, workshops and field trips. Participants were welcomed to UWA by the UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor Prof Peter Davies and heard from academics and practitioners highly regarded in the water and agricultural landscapes, including: Prof Siddique Kadambot, Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture; John Ruprecht, Executive Director of Irrigation at the Department of Agriculture and Food; A/Prof Ed Barrett-Leonard, Principal Research Fellow, School of Plant Biology; Rob Karelse, Western Australia Department of Water; and Ken Flower, UWA Institute of Agriculture.

The week included two full-day field trips:

  • Gnangara Mound Field Trip (Day 3)

Travelling with staff from the Western Australian Department of Water and visiting farms in Perth’s peri-urban area, participants explored the complex water and land management challenges of the Gnangara mound, including climate change, population growth, increasing competition between agriculture, public and private water supply, and the maintenance of groundwater dependent ecosystems.

  • Cunderdin Field Trip (Day 5)

Participants visited the UWA/WA No-Tillage Farmers Association trial site in Cunderdin. During the field visit they viewed a long-term no tillage trial to study the methods to improve soil organic carbon, water use efficiency and crop yield and profitability in a low rainfall environment.

On the final day (Day 7), each participant gave a presentation on their learning journey throughout the week, highlighting how they intend to use these learnings in the module’s final essay, the Masters and their future careers. Participants and the module coordinators, Profs Susana Neto and Jeff Camkin, also shared their reflections on what had truly been a very intensive, but highly enjoyable week.

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