Charlotte Rambla, from Italy, is a Ph.D. candidate in the Lee Hickey Lab at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. She completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Padova. She studies the root system of wheat to aid in the development of elite wheat varieties by integrating a range of tools, including a novel single plant selection method for root traits, marker-assisted selection for key root genes, and rapid backcrossing using speed breeding.
I think this award is a tremendous opportunity to empower women, and to provide professional development opportunities and give a support network for my peers, colleagues and prospective female scientists. This is really important because to make a change, we need to work together. Climate change is real, and the increasing of the human population is inevitable. We need to find and implement solutions to cultivate our crops in a more sustainable way for our planet. Thus, I consider this recognition as an opportunity to engage with students, researchers and fellows who have shared interests and aim to create a positive impact in our food systems, and ultimately our world.