Experience the Dookie campus' research, teaching and exhibits all day, from 10:00am-4:00pm.

A Dookie Day map with session times will be available at the campus on the day. Download a PDF version here.

Free seminars on dairy and sheep management will be held at 12:00 and 2:00pm.

Activities below:

Research and Technology hub

The Faculty is a national leader in veterinary, agricultural and food science research. Visit the Research and Technology Hub to meet the various researchers and learn more about what’s available at the Faculty. All-day displays:

  • Baking Better Bread
  • Sustainable Food Production
  • Healthy Soil for Healthy Food
  • Climate Resilient Crops
  • Animal Welfare Science Centre
  • Virtual Farm Visits
  • Melbourne Veterinary School Research
  • People and Change: Improving Rural Innovation Processes
  • Meat Science for Consumers and Industry
  • Efficient and Sustainable Food Animal Production

Where: Research and Technology Hub, Patrick Ryan Hall.

Learning and Teaching hub

Visit the brand new Swinburne Hall, a fully renovated teaching and recreational space for the students at Dookie. At this location you will meet current Bachelor of Agriculture students showcasing their work and sharing their experience. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn more about the courses available at the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

  • All day

Oral presentations by students:

  • 10:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:20pm
  • 3:00pm
  • 3:15pm

Where: Learning and Teaching hub, Swinburne Hall   

Drone display: UAV and sensors for plant health 

UAV-borne water stress map from thermal infrared imagery over a peach orchard in Tatura, Victoria. Credit: D Ryu, K Park, A Nolan (Digital Falcon), M O’Connell (DEDJTR), S Fuentes.

The Agricultural Sensing booth demonstrates the most recent advances in UAV-borne aerial sensing technologies and equipment used by our researchers. The Melbourne Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Platform (MUASIP) supports various collaborative research projects undertaken by the Faculty and the Melbourne School of Engineering. University staff and partners will be demonstrating this technology:

  • 10:30am
  • 11:00am
  • 12:30pm
  • 1:00pm
  • 2:30pm
  • 3:30pm

 Where: Dookie Hub on Main Drive

Dookie Robotic Dairy Farm

The Dookie robotic dairy. Image: Adrian Vittorio.

See Dookie’s robotic dairy, where cows are given a health-check every time they are milked and grazing rotation is handled automatically, with great results for welfare, production and milk quality. Meet near the Sheep Shearing Shed for a free shuttle to the Dairy. Tours at:

  • 11:00am
  • 11:30am
  • 1:00pm
  • 1:40pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:30pm

Seminar: 12:00pm, shuttle bus leaving Dookie campus at 11:50am. Details on Seminars page.

Where: Meet near the Sheep Shearing Shed for a free shuttle to the Dairy

Glasshouse: breeding the crops of tomorrow

See the role of biotech to sustain lentil production against most wide spread fungal disease, and micronutrients to mitigate drought stress in wheat. You can also taste microgreens and see the role of silica in making our lentil plants drought tolerant.

  • All day

Where: Gardens 

Sheep Shearing Shed: Meet 2016-17 progeny sheep and demonstrations

Tour the campus’s shearing shed and meet the 2016 and 2017 progeny sheep. See live demonstrations of how fat and muscle scans are conducted. There will also be a seminar at 2:00pm on the changes in the Merino over the last 20 years and the benefits of Sire Evaluation.

  • All day

Seminar: 2:00pm. Details on Seminars page.

Where: Shearing Shed 

Weed control: microwaves, not pesticides

Our microwave weed-killer explodes and wilts already emerged weeds; kills weed seeds, pests and pathogens in the soil; overcomes herbicide resistant weeds; and increases crop yields by between 35 to 90 per cent in field conditions. Dr Graham Brodie, an agricultural engineer, will be showing his microwave weed-killer prototype at:

  • 10:30am
  • 12:00pm
  • 2:00pm
  • 3:00pm

Where: Car park, south of Dookie Hub.

Grape and Grain: taste to wines and beers made at Dookie

At the historic Dookie winery/brewery, you will see displays of the winemaking and brewing subjects and be able to meet some of the students as well as talking to the winemaking and brewing lecturers. Taste wines including the student-made, gold medal-winning 2016 Bertie Shiraz. We will also have some recent brews for tasting, with a triple hopped pilsner, a Vienna lager and an oatmeal stout.

  • All day

Where: Winery

Meet Dookie’s Sniffer Dogs

Bertie in the winery.

Meet Dookie’s wine dogs Bert and Keeley, who are being trained to sniff out disease and pest infections in vines like phylloxera:

  • 10:20am
  • 11:15am
  • 12:45pm
  • 1:20pm

Where: Sniffer Dogs area, between Dookie Hub and the Winery