Research Connections and Consulting
Technical workshop design and facilitation
John has an extensive background in the design and implementation of consultation
processes for pest management R, D & E. He played an important role
in the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Pest Management problem-specification
workshop series during the mid-1990s. More recently he has undertaken
formal workshop consultations on critical production issues, on-going consultations
with grower groups, and consultations in cross-cultural settings.
As a result of his involvement in these workshops, John has skills in designing, organising, and facilitating consultation processes with agricultural industries, researchers, managers, funding bodies, and growers.
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- National Helicoverpa Workshop, June 2004.
In collaboration with Ms Larissa Bilston of R&D Extension Service,
John designed and facilitated a national review and planning workshop
for Dr David Murray, Principal Scientist, Queensland Department of Primary
Industries, Toowoomba. The workshop was attended by approximately 50 scientists,
representatives of industry funders and providers and reviewed the developments
in R,D&E related to Helicoverpa management in Australia over the previous
seven years (including Area-Wide Management (AWM) programs by growers
in north-east Australia), and provided priorities for future R,D&E
requirements for these pest species.
- Cross-cultural R&D planning Workshop, India, March 1999
A key activity in the ACIAR project
'Management of white grub in peanut-cropping systems in Asia and Australia'
was a planning and evaluation workshop held early in the project's life.
John adapted a workshop process developed in the CRC for Tropical Pest
Management to a cross-cultural setting, and then organised and facilitated
a three-day planning workshop at Jaipur, India to develop project evaluation
indicators that enabled assessment of progress of all work groups against
objectives, and successfully guide the production of detailed work plans
and work implementation, with limited face-to-face contact with staff.
This planning and evaluation workshop formed the basis of the later success
of the project, because it provided a clear framework for action by all
staff for the duration of the project.