Women in Agriculture: Past, Present and Future

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 09:00 AM


University College
40 College Cres
Parkville, VIC 3053
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Event contact

Dr Nikki Henningham

03 8344 7803

Women in Agriculture: Past, Present, Future
A symposium in honour of  Irene Lowe: First female graduate of Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne

March 16, 2018 at University College

Irene Rogers Lowe graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1918 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, the first woman in the Southern Hemisphere to take that degree. In 2018, a symposium in her honour will be held at University College, a residential college for women she played an important role in establishing in 1937.

Please join the ARC Linkage Funded
Invisible Farmer research team and University College for a FREE event 'Women in Agriculture: Past, Present and Future' on March 16, 2018. Speakers will include Irene’s daughter and grandson, Judy and Alistair Thomson, the current Victorian Rural Woman of the Year, Kirsten Abernethy, members of the Invisible Farmer research team (Professor Joy Damousi, Nikki Henningham and Jessie Matheson) and other scholars working to uncover the stories of women’s important contributions to food and fibre production in Australia.

For more information - including a draft program, visit https://www.unicol.unimelb.edu.au/events/invisible-farmer-symposium/ or contact Dr Nikki Henningham at [email protected] or 03 8344 7803. To RSVP, please contact Dr. Henningham, advising of any special dietary requirements.

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