Dookie open day

By Country News

The University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus will open its gates to the community and local industry for Dookie Day 2018 on Sunday, September 9.

Dookie Day provides a unique opportunity to discover Victoria’s 2440ha living laboratory, where students and researchers engage directly with the agricultural industry, test innovations and develop solutions in plant and animal health, farming, food and agribusiness.

Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Dean John Fazakerley said the day would celebrate Dookie as a place of research, teaching and technological development that was helping shape the future of agriculture in Australia.

‘‘Dookie Day will feature work from the faculty’s School of Agriculture and Food, including the subjects taught at the campus, the work of postgraduate students and our work in the community in the Goulburn Valley,’’ Professor Fazakerley said.

Events on the day will include interactive research and science displays such as advanced drone-based sensors, virtual reality education for veterinary students, a talk on the potential of silica to mitigate drought and heat stress in crops, lab-grown meat and a keynote presentation on sustainable agriculture by Dookie Professor in Residence Timothy Reeves.

Activities will also include an exhibition celebrating Dookie’s 130-year impact on Australian agriculture, a festival market with local traders, sheep-shearing demonstrations, as well as family-friendly activities throughout the day.

Visitors can tour the campus’ student housing, teaching spaces and robotic dairy and participate in industry seminars by leading agricultural and veterinary science researchers.

This free event will run from 10am to 4pm at Dookie Campus, 940 Dookie-Nalinga Rd, Dookie.