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Georgina Sweet ARC Laureate Fellow
Professor of Plant Biology, University of Queensland
Being awarded the ARC Georgina Sweet Laureate Fellowship in 2018 is the latest in a long line of achievements by Professor Christine Beveridge. Not only is Christine the current President of the International Plant Growth Substances Association, but she is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Highly Cited Researcher, and the Associate Dean Research and Deputy Executive Dean in the Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland. Performing these diverse roles to a high level requires generous communication, thoughtful delegation, and the maintenance of a strong work-place culture, and Christine reflects on each of these skills within the podcast.
Located within the field of Plant Biology, Christine’s Laureate research seeks to discover the genes and processes that govern shoot growth and dormancy in plants. This research has significant benefits for both the horticulture and agriculture industries, as understanding plant growth and dormancy could contribute to more effective crop management, and bring us closer to achieving global food security.
Christine’s successful career demonstrates the importance of developing both technical skills and interpersonal skills; in the video, Christine shares her tips on networking, juggling work and life commitments, and managing her team effectively. In the podcast, Christine also reflects on her experiences of successful negotiation, the personal qualities that have aided her success, and the importance of buttressing self-confidence with positive feedback from others within your community.
Christine Beveridge on networking, negotiating and managing diverse teams.
A snapshot of our conversation with Christine Beveridge