Young Dairy Scientist Award

The Young Dairy Scientist Award aims to be the most prestigious and esteemed national award for young dairy scientists.

Aimed at early-stage career scientists, the session forms part of the annual ADC program providing opportunity to showcase new technologies and research to farmer delegates and offering broader exposure for upcoming scientists and their areas of research.

Entry is by application and will open in September each year.

Full conference registration is complimentary to finalists with the winner receiving a travel bursary to extend their specified area of research.

For more information regarding the Young Scientist Award please contact ADC Scientific Director Richard Rawnsley at Richard.rawnsley@utas.edu.au

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Congratulations to the 2020 finalists:

- Ariestya Arlene Arbita, University of New South Wales
- John Gardenier, The University of Sydney
- Kieran Ison, University of Queensland
- Sarah Mac, The University of Sydney
- Veronika Vicic, Charles Sturt University


John Gardenier

John completed a BSc. and MSc. in Aerospace Engineering in 2014 at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. After working in automation, robotics and flight simulation, he commenced a PhD in 2016 at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney.
John’s PhD thesis focusses on automatic lameness detection in dairy cattle using the latest advances in two of his key interests, machine vision and deep learning in order to solve a real-world problem facing the dairy industry.