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Meeting Dates & Speakers

20th  January 2020

Speaker: Emeritus Professor Peter Sharp

Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Peter is located at the Cobbitty Plant & Food Sciences Department and he will give us all an insight as to what is actually happening at the 'farm' in Cobbitty.

Professor Peter Sharp's career began with completing a BAgSc(Hons), majoring in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the University of Adelaide, and doing a PhD in genetics at the same university. He was employed at the Plant Breeding Institute in Cambridge (UK) for 6 years and joined the University of Sydney in 1989. Peter Sharp was appointed as a Professor of Molecular Plant Breeding in 2003.

Peter Sharp has gained recognition as a world leader in plant and molecular genetics and plant biotechnology, particularly in the application of the latest advances in basic research for the improvement of commercial crops. He is the Director of the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute, that has two sites, at Cobbitty near Sydney, and at Narrabri, in the north-west of NSW.


24th  February 2020

Speaker: Faye Yarroll       
Bilateral Cochlear Implant Recipient & Advocate Cochlear Volunteer Network

Bilateral Cochlear Implant Recipient & Advocate Cochlear Volunteer Network

Faye will be talking about the latest amazing advancement in technology of Cochlear Implants as well as about Australian Lions Hearing Dogs.
Faye has a wonderful story to tell which will inspire all. She will also bring her Assistance Dog "Sydney" and will give a quick demonstration. As "Sydney" is a working dog Faye has asked that members refrain from patting the dog.
Faye recently received the first Bill Holmes Award for people who go above & beyond in their service to Lions Hearing Dogs.