I am Irnayuli Rosaleida Sitepu. I got my Master Degree from Adelaide University, South Australia in 2001. I was there from with ADS from 1999 to 2001. It was a great experience of learning and at the same time enjoying the beauty of Australia. I worked in Plant-Microbe Interaction Laboratory, Department of Applied and Molecular Ecology, Faculty of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences where I did research on ‘Selection of Balansa Clover Lines using Naturalised Soil Rhizobia’. A significant part of this research was also conducted in SARDI, South Australian Research and Development Institute which is located also in Waite precinct.
Now I am in Japan, doing my PhD since October 2003 supported by Monbukagakusho and JSPS (Japan Society for Promotion of Science), in the Laboratory of Ecological Chemistry, Division of Applied Biosciences, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University. I work with functional microflora of Indonesian forest tree.
Hokkaido island is not only the northernmost part of Japan but also the coldest area during winter. I stay in Sapporo, a beautiful city in Hokkaido where many festivals are held throughout the four seasons. Sapporo is famous with annual event, the Snow Festival or Yuki Matsuri, held every February for already 57 years now. Hopefully, I will go back to my home country after finishing my study to continue working as a researcher at Laboratory of Forest Microbiology, Forestry Research and Development Agency, Ministry of Forestry, Government of Indonesia. Hope the information would be of assistance especially for young people who are so much interested in AusAID program. I always treasure my study time in Australia, it was PRICELESS!!
Kindest regards, Irna
Irnayuli R. Sitepu
Laboratory of Ecological Chemistry
Graduate School of Agriculture
Kita 9, Nishi 9, Kita-ku,