Category Archive for: ‘Public’

  • Subscribe to NATA eNews

    The National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) publishes an e-newsletter which includes information about upcoming training courses and updates to technical documents. This may be of interest to laboratories seeking accreditation or those already accredited. To subscribe please click here (link will open in your …

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  • Screening Aids to Exotic Wood Borer/Bark Beetles

    USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s Identification Technology Program (ITP) is pleased to announce the release of identification aids for the screening of exotic wood borer/bark beetles by the Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey community (CAPS). The 11 screening aids, developed in cooperation with Colorado …

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  • National Science Week & Scientists in Schools

    National Science Week runs from 15-23 August 2015 and is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Information on what’s on can be found at Scientist and Mathematicians in Schools is a national program that creates and supports long-term partnerships between primary or secondary …

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  • IPPC Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols June 2015 meeting

    In June 2015 the IPPC Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols met in Shanghai, China. Five draft diagnostic protocols were discussed as well as issues such as quality assurance, best practices for sequences and detection of viable pests in seeds. The report on the meeting is …

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  • 2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards – nominations now open

    Nominations for the 2016 Australian Biosecurity Awards are now open and close on Wednesday 30 September 2015. Award winners will be determined by the Australian Biosecurity Awards selection panel and presented at the ABARES Outlook conference in Canberra on Tuesday 1 March 2016. There are …

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  • 2 positions available in the Department of Agriculture

    An ongoing position is available in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture for a Molecular Technician based at Knoxfield, Victoria (until April 2016) and then Mickleham, Victoria. For the job description and application link please visit this page. Applications close at 11:00pm AEST Thursday 30 …

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  • 2015-16 Laboratory Residentials

    The assessment of applications for the 2015-16 round of Laboratory Residentials has been completed and brief descriptions of the successful projects can be found here. We will keep you updated as further professional development opportunities arise. If you have come across something you feel would be of …

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  • New APPS award

    The awards sub-committee of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society has added a new award in Diagnostics and Extension or Research Communication. The closing date for nominations is 15th June 2015. More details and nomination procedures can be found at this address:

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  • SPHD 20

    A meeting of the Subcommittee on Plant Health Diagnostics was held at the CSIRO Black Mountain laboratories from 12-14 May 2015. A communiqué from the meeting can be accessed here.

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  • Professional Development Plan for the NPBDN now available

    A professional development plan for the NPBDN has been finalised and is available here. The plan lists activities out to the 2017-18 financial year that may be held to enhance the capability and capacity of the network. Members will be kept up to date via …

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