The Young Researchers’ Lunch for March hosted Joseph Bigirimana, a plant pathologist and IRRI’s regional coordinator for East and Southern Africa (ESA).
Dr. Bigirimana shared many stories and the lessons he learned with the young researchers. He emphasized the importance of networking in a scientist’s career. “A meeting with the IRRI Director General when I was a visiting collaborator eventually led to the IRRI-Burundi partnership,” Dr. Bigirimana said. “Visitors could lead to helpful contacts later so meeting them is essential.”
While Dr. Bigirimana advocated an attitude of humility, and advised the young researchers to adapt to the local people and culture when they travel to work in a new place, he also told them not to hide their achievements.
Participants were Maria Stefanie Dwiyanti, Bryan Balajadia, Sabiha Parween, Bryce Blackman, Anny Ruth Pame, and Satyen Mondal. The lunch was held on 27 March 2015.
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