Adrian Johnston joined SIB in December 2018 as head of Digital Catapult NI. He has 20 years technology leadership experience having previously worked for Seagate Technology in their Springtown facility heading the Data Science and Analytics team. With a PhD in Informatics and AI, Adrian has continued to drive research in advanced manufacturing and the adoption of AI, IOT and automation in complex data environments with both Ulster University and Queens University Belfast. His academic and industrial experience is enabling NI SME, Tech innovators, corporates and public sector adoption of emerging tech to enhance productivity, growth and the NI economy. Adrian was awarded the 2020 Ulster University Distinguished Graduate of the year for his work in this field. He continues to engage with the research community and contributes to a number of initiatives on future Northern Ireland AI strategy, funding and policy including as a member of the NI Matrix Science Panel. Currently Adrian is a member of the UKRI AI Review panel and the UK RD Place Strategy Advisory group.
Sessions: Poultry - Production
With more than 15 years of experience in a wide range of research areas in poultry nutrition, Dr. Ahmed Amerah, has developed strong expertise in feed processing technology, including an in-depth knowledge of ingredient characteristics and feeding value. His principal areas of focus have included the use of feed additives to maximize nutrient utilization and reduce waste, as well as enhancing dietary quality through a better understanding of interactions between ingredients, processing and economic constraints. His work also explores potential alternative feed ingredients and reducing variability in ingredients quality using combination of technologies.
Chairing: Beef Cattle - Production
Dr. Alan Kelly holds an honours degree in Animal Science (2006) and a PhD in Cattle Nutritional Physiology (2009) from University College Dublin (UCD) and subsequently worked for a year as a post doctoral research scientist at UCD Research Farm, Lyons Estate. Since 2011, he has been employed as a Lecturer in Animal Science at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science. He lectured and coordinated modules mainly in the areas of advanced beef production and ruminant nutrition. His research areas of interest include the development of blueprints for efficient bull beef production systems, maximising the performance of beef cattle through dietary and management interventions designed to improve economically important traits (feed intake, growth, feed efficiency, compensatory growth and cattle digestion/fermentation), nutrition and health management of calves and strategies to enhance the reproductive efficiency of beef cows. He has published extensively on these topics and has presented the findings of this research at national and international conferences.
Sessions: Global Approach to Net Zero
Bachelor degrees in Biology and Agronomy at University of São Paulo State – USP, master’s degree in Animal Production at USP and doctor of science in Agroecosystems Ecology at USP. Worked as Environment Manager in multinational company. Was researcher at the Institute of Animal Science of APTA – Sao Paulo Agency for Agribusiness Technology between 2007 and 2010. He is currently a researcher at Embrapa Southeast Livestock in São Carlos, São Paulo. Has experience in Animal Science with emphasis in Sustainable Production Systems mainly in methane emissions and mitigation strategies. Is a member of the Technical Committee in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – MCTI for the preparation of the Brazilian National Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory. Had co-lead the Technical Advisory Group on large ruminants of the FAO/ LEAP – Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance Partnership. Is a member of the International Management Committee of the LANDMARK Research Network of the European Union. Participates of the Brazilian researchers group to review the IPCC reports. Since January 2014 holds the position of Assistant Director of Research and Development at Embrapa Southeast Livestock.
Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle. She serves as the bovine genome coordinator for the USDA National Animal Genome Research Program and is an elected Fellow and current chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources Section O. She has given over 650 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension, American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) 2014 National Extension Award, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2014 Borlaug Communication Award, University of California – Davis 2019 James H. Meyer Distinguished Career Achievement Award, and ASAS 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.
Sessions: Science in to Practise
Anne studied Biology at the University of Dundee, followed by working in the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute nonruminant lab. In 2010 she decided to return to full time education to study for a PhD at Queens University Belfast but based at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Hillsborough graduating in December 2013. During her PhD she was successful in her application to the IFST to be a fellow at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. During the 3-month fellowship she was responsible for researching and writing a report, known as a POSTnote, on the topic of ‘Livestock Super farms’ which was a fantastic experience. After PhD she continued to work at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institutes in the sustainable beef production unit before joining Moy Park in September 2014 as an Agriculture Analyst, Anne is now Head of Research and Development, a role she thoroughly enjoys.
Chairing: Equine Symposium
Barbara is Head of Subject for Equine Science at University College Dublin where she runs the Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in Animal Science-Equine. Prior to her PhD in Veterinary Science from the prestigious Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, she completed a BSc in Equine Science at the University of Limerick in Ireland and also spent time within the Thoroughbred industry, having worked for both Coolmore and Godolphin. Barbara is also Chief Scientific Officer for the Irish company Equilume Ltd, which was a spin-out from her research that gave rise to an important equine breeding innovation, the Equilume Light Mask. Her passion is the field of equine chronobiology, and she regularly speaks at international equine conferences and contribute to equine publications in relation to circadian rhythms and the influence of light on equine reproduction and performance. Barbara’s research centres around understanding the environmental cues that drive daily and circannual rhythms in the bovine and equine species and their influence on physiology and behaviour.
Sessions: Sheep - Production (Part 1)
I am a multidisciplinary scientist with a focus on extensive livestock production, particularly in mountain areas. I graduated from France as an ‘Ingénieur en Agriculture’ from UniLaSalle Beauvais (1995), followed by a MSc in Land Resource Management at Cranfield University (UK). I then did a PhD (part-time) with the University of Edinburgh (2014). I have been working at the Scotland’s Rural College, Hill & Mountain Research Centre, near Crianlarich in Scotland since 1999, focusing on extensive sheep farming systems.
My current research interests include:
Precision Livestock Farming for small ruminants (Electronic ID, automated management systems)
Farm labour measurements
Participatory research with hill land use stakeholders, particularly farmers
Bio-economical modelling of hill farming systems at farm level
Sustainability of extensive hill systems
I am leading several European research projects on innovative technologies for small ruminants systems (TechCare, Sm@RT), as well as being partner to several others focusing on technology and sheep systems sustainability (national: SmartSheep; ResULTS; and European: SheepNet, SusSheP, EuroSheep). I am currently the Editor of the Livestock Farming Systems - Precision Livestock Farming section in the journal Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience since 2019, and I also am the Vice-President of the European Federation of Animal Science Precision Livestock Farming Commission.
Dave provides leadership and strategic direction to the development of the Centre in its emerging role, both nationally and internationally. He is a trained engineer, with 30 years’ experience of agri-technology in both the cropping and livestock sectors, encompassing a broad range of technology areas. He has been involved in the R&D of a number of novel and patented developments across the agricultural production sectors. Some of these have been fully commercialised and he has assisted with spin-out and new company formations.
Sessions: Feed into Beef Nutrition (FIBNUT) Review
Dr Edward H. Cabezas Garcia, Research Associate, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Peru
Sessions: Feed into Beef Nutrition (FIBNUT) Review
Dr Edward H. Cabezas-Garcia was a postdoctoral researcher at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) in Hillsborough, Northern Ireland. At the BSAS 2021 conference, Edward will present on-going research within Feed into Beef (FiBNUT) project towards developing new empirical equations for predicting dry matter intake in growing cattle and thus updating current UK models (AFRC, 1993). In addition, he will share key findings of recent meta-analysis approaches using AFBI data for a better understanding of connections between energy balance profiles and fertility in dairy cows. Edward was recently appointed to undertake a post as a Research Associate at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) in Cuzco, Peru where he will conduct research on energy metabolism and methane emissions of alpacas and creole cattle raised in high altitudes (Project 027-2019 funded by the World Bank). His main research interests mainly focus on the study of feed efficiency, energy and protein requirements in ruminant animals.
Dr Elizabeth Magowan is the Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division in the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Northern Ireland. Elizabeth completed a PhD in dairy nutrition from Queen’s University Belfast (with DARD Science Service and ARINI) in 2004 and joined AFBI as a pig research scientist in 2003, where she was responsible for developing the AFBI pig research programme until April 2017. Elizabeth’s main focus of research was on optimising pig production performance through management and nutritional strategies, while reducing environmental impact. Elizabeth then took up the post of Director of Sustainable Agri-Food Sciences Division in May 2017. Elizabeth
has worked extensively on industry/academic studies and presented her work across the UK and at international conferences, as well as publications in journals. In 2017, she was awarded the Society’s prestigious Sir John Hammond Award, in recognition of her scientific work in collaboration with industry. In addition to managing a busy research programme, key achievements during Elizabeth’s time as the Monogastric project leader within AFBI, included the role of Deputy Co-Ordinator of a large EU FP7 project ECO-FCE, completing a term of office on the council of the British Society of Animal Science, and leading AFBI’s membership of the UK Centre of Excellence for Livestock (CIEL) as well as being a Director of CIEL in its formative months.
Sessions: animal Journal
Giuseppe Bee grew up in Switzerland as the son of Italian immigrants. After graduating from high school, he decided to study agronomy and received his Master's degree from the ETH Zurich in 1987. This was followed by a dissertation entitled Nutrient content and fatty acid pattern of pig carcasses as affected by plane of nutrition and dietary fat. After finishing the dissertation, he stayed at ETH Zurich for another 5 years as a research associate. During this time he completed a 2-year PostDoc at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (USA) where he worked on the topic of muscle biology and transgenic pigs. Back in Switzerland, he moved to Agroscope in 1998, where he took over the Swine Nutrition Research Unit. He authored or co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He was section editor in both animal and the Journal of Animal Science. He is currently coordinator of the ITN project MonoGutHealth and workpackage leader of the project PigWeb. In January 2021.
Helen I. Ajayi has a BSc Biochemistry, an MSc and PhD in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition, and a Certificate in Dairy Farming and Entrepreneurship. She is a lecturer and researcher in Benson Idahosa University, Benin city, Nigeria where she resides. She has over 15 years of experience in academia, 10 years of these are in leadership capacity. As a member of BSAS, she represents the African continent in the BSAS Global committee. She was the vice president of OWSD chapter in her school for 4 years during which they successfully hosted an international conference of OWSD, she is still an active member of the executives. Helen serves in many capacities in her school in addition to being the current assistant dean of her faculty, a mentor, a course adviser, a mother and a wife.
In 1999, Dr. Warren achieved her primary degree in Animal Science from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, followed by her PhD in fatty acids in beef from the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Bristol. She spent five years lecturing degree students in animal and equine science before moving to industry. She is a Senior Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, a trustee of the British Society of Animal Science, a qualified lecturer, a Cow Signals Trainer and a registered Animal Scientist. She currently works as a European Technical Manager for Ruminants and Horses for Alltech, involving initiating European research projects, as well as delivering nutritional education and technical sales support.
Sessions: One World, One Animal Science
Isabel holds a PhD in Veterinary Sciences (University of Zaragoza, Spain, 1998) and is currently a senior researcher at the Animal Production and Health Unit in the Agri-Food Research Center of Aragón (CITA, Zaragoza, Spain).
Her main research interests concern extensive ruminant production systems, with a holistic approach integrating the relationships between genotype, phenotype, nutrition, management, pasture use and animal physiology (growth, reproduction, welfare), within a socioeconomic and environmental sustainability context.
Her scientific activity has been developed within 100 research projects and thematic networks (30 as coordinator), of regional, national, international and private funding. She has directed four PhD theses and several MSc theses. She has authored more than 65 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, and more than 100 technical papers and 250 communications in national and international scientific meetings. She has also participated in a large number of extension courses and technical conferences, mainly related to livestock production systems in mountain areas, pasture management and organic farming.
She is an active member of different Spanish scientific societies for the study of animal and pasture production, where she has undertaken research, development and extension activities. She is also engaged in transnational networks supported by FAO and CIHEAM (namely, on Mountain Pastures and Sheep&Goat Nutrition and Production Systems).
She is currently President of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) (2020-2024).
Isabelle Ortigues-Marty, a senior INRAE scientist, completed her PhD at Reading University, UK, and her MsC at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg VA, USA, focusing on the digestive and metabolic utilisation of poor quality roughages by growing cattle. AT INRAE, her research was on the Energy and Protein metabolism of Ruminants with the general objective of updating the Feeding Systems for Ruminants. She studied the physiological origin of the variability of energy requirements, exploring the role of the different tissues and organs, and defined the quality of metabolisable energy supply in terms of nutrient supply to tissues combining experimental and modelling approaches. She chaired INRAE scientific working groups, multidisciplinary research programmes and research teams, and was strongly involved in the international symposium on energy and protein metabolism and nutrition. She has been active in teaching, supervised national and international post-graduate students and is tutoring young scientists in the areas of feed efficiency and resilience. Isabelle Ortigues-Marty is Editor-in-Chief of the journal animal: the International Journal of Animal Biosciences since 2015.
Jaap van Milgen is a native of the Netherlands. He obtained an MSc degree from Wageningen University and a PhD degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), where he worked on modeling digestion in the rumen. He returned to Europe for a post-doc position in France and was recruited at INRA (now INRAE) in 1994. His research focuses on energy and protein nutrition and metabolism in monogastric animals using both experimental and modeling techniques. He authored or co-authored well over 100 peer-review scientific publications. He also co-authored the Inraporc model and software tool, which allows evaluating the energy and nutrient use in growing pigs and sows. He led the merger of three INRAE research units to create the Pegase research unit in Rennes (Brittany, France) which he led for six years from 2012 until 2017. He coordinated the Horizon 2020 Feed-a-Gene project (2015-2020) and he currently coordinates the PIGWEB infrastructure project for experimental research on sustainable pig production (2021-2026). Jaap van Milgen was one of the three INRAE members in the animal Consortium from 2010 until 2018 and succeeded Nigel Scollan as independent chair of the Consortium in 2021.
Jamie completed undergraduate and masters studies at University of Glasgow, specialising in veterinary public health, before a PhD at Rothamsted Research & University of Exeter, in zoonotic disease transfer in global agriculture. Jamie has worked across government as a senior policy advisor on EU-Exit disease control impacts, Avian Influenza outbreak and UK zoonosis control strategy. Jamie is currently the R&D programme manager for zoonotic diseases at Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and is on committee for BSAS and the Royal Society of Biology
Sessions: Bringing Innovation to Life
Jean-Charles Cavitte holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from "École Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort" and a subsequent specialisation at the French national school of veterinary services. Dr Cavitte background is mainly on veterinary public health. He is now research policy officer at the European Commission, in Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI).
After having led the food safety department in the French regional veterinary service, Dr Cavitte joined the European Commission in 1994. He started as a veterinary inspector in the Food and Veterinary Office, where he led the BSE team until he moved to veterinary legislation in DG Health and Consumer Protection at the end of 1999, where he worked on microbiological food safety. He was in charge notably of microbiological criteria, of the related reference laboratories, and was responsible for the revision of the EU zoonoses legislation, in particular the Directive on zoonosis monitoring and the Regulation on Salmonella control.
At the end of 2005, he moved to DG «Research and Innovation» - Directorate for Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology. There he was responsible for defining orientations and supervising EU funded research projects in the domain of animal production and food safety. Jean-Charles Cavitte joined DG AGRI in May 2014, in the "Research and Innovation" Unit. He is in charge of policy development and research programming in the animal sector; from animal health, including zoonoses and AMR, to animal breeding, feeding and husbandry, as well as livestock production systems.
Sessions: New Developments in the Dairy Industry
Dr. Jeffrey Bewley is from Rineyville, Kentucky where he grew up working on his grandfather's dairy farm. He received a B.S. in Animal Sciences (dairy option) from the University of Kentucky in 1998. In 2000, he completed his M.S. in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Roger Palmer with a focus on dairy modernization. His PhD work under Dr. Mike Schutz at Purdue University focused on the application and economics of Precision Dairy Farming technologies. For 9.5 years, Jeffrey was on the faculty at the University of Kentucky as an Extension Dairy Specialist. He has also worked with IceRobotics, PerforMix Nutrition, BoviSync, and Alltech. Dr. Bewley is currently Dairy Analytics and Innovation Scientist with Holstein Association USA.
Jeffrey's professional interests include Precision Dairy Monitoring Technologies, Dairy Records Management and Analytics, Dairy Cattle Genetics and Genomics, Economic Decision Support, Animal Health Economics, Compost Bedded Pack Barn Management and Construction, Freestall Barn Management and Construction, Mastitis Management and Prevention, and Dairy Farm Financial Analysis. Jeffrey Bewley received the American Dairy Science Association Foundation Scholar Award in Production and American Dairy Science Association Cargill Animal Nutrition Young Scientist Awards in 2015. He was named to the Vance Publishing 40 Under 40 for Agriculture Award in 2014. He has secured over 7.5 million dollars in funding during his research career. He has published over 50 peer reviewed publications, 110 meeting abstracts, and 50 industry magazine publications. He has delivered over 100 invited presentations around the world. He is an active member of the American Dairy Science Association and the National Mastitis Council. Dr. Bewley is also a certified CowSignals trainer, a MEX udder health coach, and a Lean Farming trainer. Jeffrey pursues his passion for dairy cattle genetics as a partner in IceBlue Genetics and Fit Genetics. He serves on the advisory boards of multiple dairy technology companies.
Sessions: Feed into Beef Nutrition (FIBNUT) Review
Since completing her PhD in 2016 Jenna has been working within SRUC’s Beef and Sheep Research Centre as a postdoctoral researcher. Her interests are focussed on precision livestock farming applications in ruminant production systems, and feed efficiency. Jenna also manages SRUC’s beef feed intake and feed efficiency recording facility just outside of Edinburgh.
Sessions: Dairy Cattle - Genomics and Genetics
Jennie is a geneticist who is world-renowned for her work in dairy genetics and genomics. Jennie is the DairyBio animal program leader in conjunction with her role as principal research scientist for Agriculture Victoria and Professor of animal genetics at La Trobe University. Jennie is also a member of the International Committee for Animal Recording’s Functional Traits Working Group and the Feed and Gas Working group.
Chairing: Global Approach to Net Zero
Dr John Gilliland is the Director of Global Agriculture and Sustainability at Devenish, a leading provider of environmental, animal and human health solutions which aims to drive innovation and sustainability throughout the food chain.
For the last seven years, John has been Project Leader of the Devenish Lands at Dowth in Ireland, a ruminant and landscape research farm situated within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne. In partnership with University College Dublin (UCD), the company is on its way to delivering carbon neutral beef and lamb production by 2025, while enhancing its vital 6,000-year heritage in farming and landscape management. As a result, the farm has been selected as one of eleven international Lighthouse farms for Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands.
John Gilliland is highly respected and recognised as an excellent leader and communicator across the agri-food and sustainable land management sectors. He’s been an award-winning farmer in Ireland, President of the Ulster Farmers Union, a Non-Executive Director of the Scottish Rural College (SRUC), and an Energy Regulator in Northern Ireland. At the same time, he has also been a policy adviser for Devolved, National and European Governments on Biotechnology, Climate Change and Sustainability.
John chaired the UK’s Rural Climate Change Forum for seven years, where he reported directly to the Secretary of State of DEFRA and helped to set up the Carbon Management Centre in SRUC, Edinburgh.
For the last six years, John has been chairing the Northern Ireland Expert Working Group on Sustainable Land Management, and on reducing Ammonia Emissions. He is a member of the EU Commission’s Mission Board Assembly on Soil Health & Food in Brussels and presented the Devenish Lands at Dowth as one of three exemplar international Lighthouse farms at the recent EIP-Agri workshop on the Soil Health & Food Mission Board roadmap.
Jordana Rivero’s work is focused on livestock grazing systems with an emphasis on sustainability. Her research covers main aspects of grazing livestock systems such as pasture and grazing management, animal performance and emissions, forage quality and breeding objectives for several livestock species. Jordana started her career in Uruguay, developing breeding goals and breeding objectives for dairy cattle under pasture-based systems, and in 2013 she was awarded a PhD in Agricultural Science from the Universidad Austral de Chile where she gained experience in grazing systems and NIRS applied to feeds and animal products. Jordana also collaborated on the characterisation of a creole sheep breed, regarding grazing behaviour and meat quality. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she studied the joint effect of agronomic management and cultivar of perennial ryegrass on grazing dairy cows ‘performance and nutrients use efficiency. In her current role at Rothamsted Research, Jordana is involved in a variety of fascinating research projects related to nutrient flow efficiency through the soil-plant-animal continuum, animal behaviours and welfare, animal genetic selection, grazing systems, sward diversity and key performance indicators. Jordana is also an active participant of the NCC North Wyke Farm Platform (Devon), where she works on grazing management of beef and sheep, pasture production/utilisation, animal behaviour and product quality.
Jude L. Capper, PhD ARAgS is an independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant based in Oxfordshire, UK, who undertook her BSc (Agriculture with Animal Science) and PhD (Ruminant Nutrition and Behaviour) at Harper Adams University College (UK), followed by post-doctoral research at Cornell University (USA) and a faculty position at Washington State University (USA).
Jude's research focuses on modeling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy and beef. She is currently working on projects relating to South American beef production; on-farm medicines use; and the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability. Her professional goal is to communicate the importance of factors affecting livestock industry sustainability to enhance the knowledge and understanding of food production stakeholders from the farmer through to the retailer, policy-maker and consumer. She sits on the National Beef Association board; is Chair of the Route Panel for Agriculture, Environment and Animal Care and Vice-Chair of the Green Apprenticeships Advisory Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
She has an active social media presence and spends a considerable amount of time de-bunking some of the more commonly-heard myths relating to livestock production. To this end, she was awarded the Women in Dairy “Dairy Industry Woman of the Year 2017” and the Farmers Guardian “Farming Hero of the Year 2018” awards. Associate Membership of the Royal Agricultural Society was conferred upon Jude in 2018.
Sessions: One Health
After graduating from Edinburgh vet school in 2008, Laura worked in mixed veterinary practice in the UK and New Zealand before joining an international animal welfare NGO managing working equid and livestock projects in disaster preparedness and response across Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. Projects included developing a community animal healthcare project with pastoralists in Darfur with the UN’s refugee agency, and managing water access for herders and vet training programmes in Mongolia’s Gobi desert.
Joining sustainability consultancy business FAI in 2014, she provided veterinary services to the FAI farm in Oxford and coordinated research programmes, whilst gaining an MSc in International Animal Health. Her work currently involves supporting and underpinning FAI’s consultancy and research programmes across multiple clients with veterinary knowledge, and expertise in antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance. My project portfolio is diverse, covering antibiotic stewardship and policy, animal welfare, regenerative agriculture and food system sustainability in both a UK and global context. Examples of my recent work have included managing a Campylobacter monitoring project reporting to multiple food retailers and UK government stakeholders, delivering an animal welfare evaluation of a laying hen integration in Malawi, and authoring FAI’s e-learning course on antimicrobial stewardship in food supply chains.
In 2019, Laura began a PhD in antimicrobial resistance and animal welfare with the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security. And also established a new initiative called Vet Sustain to champion the role of veterinary professionals in driving change towards a more sustainable future, through their day-to-day work (www.vetsustain.org).
Chairing: Dairy Cattle - Production
Ruminant technical advisor for Trouw Nutrition GB (2019-2021) previous head of young stock rearing at the Centre of dairy science and innovation (University of Nottingham) (2016-2019). Prior to that PhD in dairy nutrition at the University of Nottingham under Professor Phil Garnsworthy (2013-2016).
Sessions: One Health
Professor of Population Medicine and Veterinary Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, based in the Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security; current President of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (www.ecvph.org) and Deputy Director of EPIC (Scottish Government’s Centre for Expertise in Animal Disease Outbreaks at www.epicscotland.org) which provides policymakers with rapid access to emergency scientific advice and analyses to prepare for and respond to exotic and novel animal disease outbreaks. Professor Boden is leading a programme of One Health research in the global north, and in fragile and conflict affected regions (such as Syria and surrounding countries- see One Health FIELD Network) to improve preparedness and timely response to global health and food security threats.
Liz Genever has a strong technical background and works with beef and sheep farmers across the UK. Her knowledge covers livestock production, grazing systems and sustainable farming techniques. She works with farmers who want to challenge their current practices, particularly on grass and forage utilisation. She is one of the founders of Carbon Calling, which has the aim of building a community of farmers who support and learn from one another to make their farm and themselves healthier and happier.
She is a farmer on a mixed farm in South Lincolnshire and has an Australian Cattle Dog called Scout.
I am Mads Fischer-Moller, appointed professor in food policy at SRUC from a previous career as food policy advisor to the Danish government (2009-2015) and most recently all five Nordic governments in the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Secretariat (2015-2020).
In 2017-2020 I have also lead Nordic Food Policy Lab; an initiative aimed at curation “policy labs” where stakeholders gathered to heightening the level of ambition in global food policy not least when it comes to addressing challenges regarding food consumption and climate change (example: https://www.norden.org/en/news/hungry-change-join-us-lunch-talks-stockholm). Some of the questions we have tried to answer are: “How do we bring conservative food systems stakeholders into a constructive conversation of food systems transformation?” “What tools does government have to change dietary habits towards more climate-friendly diets – without alienating consumers?”
With my move to Scotland I hope bring new ideas to the Scottish discussions on food, agriculture and climate; not least what can be done down-stream from the farm in terms of supply chain collaboration, food innovation and dietary change in order to meet Scotland’s and the worlds' ambitious climate targets. I have a strong international network and a very deep understanding of food policy in the Nordic countries that I hope can bring inspiration.
Dr Mariecia Fraser is lead scientist at Aberystwyth University’s Pwllpeiran Upland Research Centre. Her background is in animal science and grazing ecology and she specialises in developing and testing management strategies for upland systems. Her research interests include: species and breed differences in diet selection and grazing behaviour, conservation grazing, nutrient supply from forages, greenhouse gas emissions from grazing animals, and the bio-energy potential of semi-natural grasslands. Mariecia has worked with a range of animal species (sheep, cattle, goats, ponies, deer, South American camelids) and pasture types (cultivated, improved permanent pasture and semi-natural grass and heath communities), as well as fresh and ensiled alternative forages (forage legumes, brassicas, pulses and bi-crops), to deliver a range of products (meat, fibre and ecosystem services). Through her research she has developed strong collaborative links with both farming and environmental stakeholders.
Sessions: Global Approach to Net Zero
As Research Director I lead work that looks at agricultural sustainability and science to adapt agri-food systems to environmental, market and social change. Within this role I manage a portfolio of projects of $30M ($16M revenue) and 78 staff and affiliates. I manage the careers and welfare of CSIRO’s staff working in this area. I am a founder and a Board Director for FutureFeed, a company that is commercializing anti-methanogenic seaweed to tackle livestock emissions.
In previous roles I have led (as Theme Leader) CSIRO’s forestry work, and acted as Deputy Flagship Leader for the $70M Agriculture Flagship responsible for Science Quality and Impact Planning. Prior to this role I led CSIRO’s and briefly the combine CSIRO and Scion New Zealand’s forestry and the environment capability.
Within CSIRO I actively contribute as a research scientist, particularly in the areas of forest vulnerability assessment, adaptation to climate change and in systems modelling, and my current roles in use of ICT to catalyse land sector participation in carbon farming (both through the 3EAC activity with Macquarie Bank and through input and guidance into the Digiscape Carbon Project). I provide governance to a number of national and international bodies including the $400M CRP GLDC, the Australian-Vietanm Aus4Innovation project looking to increase the innovation capacity and innovation absorptive capacity of the Vietnamese innovation system, a member of the reference group for the National GHG inventory system for Australia.
I am an active participant in corporate change processes, for example being a Business Unit representative (and mentor to the leader) of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee (and having co-led the development of and the set up of the Inclusive Leader training program), and having been at the vanguard on a range of Launchpad and Accelerator programs within CSIRO, as designer, advocate, mentor and even participant. I have helped catalyse some of CSIRO’s new capability directions, for example the move 6 years ago by CSIRO Agriculture and Food into Digital Agriculture (advocated the establishment and was a founding member of the initial committee), helped design Digiscape, and more generally I am valued for a role in science trend analysis and disruptive science framing .
Mike graduated with a PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne (UK) in 1993. His PhD was an investigation of the extent of the milk yield response of dairy cows to bovine somatotropin. Following this he worked in the National Institute of Grassland and Livestock Research (Japan), for seven years as a research officer, where he studied the metabolic endocrinology of dairy cows. He moved to Aberystwyth University (UK) in 2000 and was there until 2019. He moved to the University of Tasmania in 2019.
Sessions: One Health
Nigel is a graduate of the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies and farms in the Scottish Borders. He is a past chair of FWAG Scotland and was NFU Scotland President during the last CAP Reform. He has been a board member of SRUC and SAC Commercial and today is a board member of the Moredun Research Institute and Chair of Livestock Health Scotland. He is also Chair of Independent Farming for 1.5C and UK Ruminant Health & Welfare Group.
Sessions: Beef Cattle (Part 1)
Dr. Paul Crosson is Beef Enterprise Leader and a Principal Research Scientist with Teagasc at the Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Grange where his work involves the economic and environmental assessment of beef cattle production systems. He is a graduate of University College Dublin from where received a BAgrSc and a PhD in Agricultural Systems Analysis. He has collaborated with Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) in the development of a national-scale beef farm carbon audit initiative. He was on industry technical working groups established by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation which led to reviews of the beef breeding indexes used in Ireland. He was an expert contributor (2012-13) to Technical Working Groups of the Sustainable Agriculture initiative (SAI) Platform – a global food industry initiative and was a member of the Animal Feeds Technical Advisory Group of the FAO LEAP Partnership. He is on Editorial Board of the Elsevier scientific journal Agricultural Systems. He was a Fulbright Scholar (2004/05) and a past-president of the Irish Grassland Association (2014/15). From 2016 to 2019 he worked in the dairy industry where he was Supply Strategy Manager at a farmer-owned processing co-operative.
Penny graduated in biological sciences at the University of Portsmouth in 1992 and completed her PhD in avian physiology at the University of Birmingham in 1996. She joined the RSPCA Animals in Science Department in 1996, and has been Head of Department since 2015.
The Animals in Science Department works to implement the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction and Refinement) and to ensure robust ethical review of animal use in research and testing. Penny’s main area of work relates to supporting and promoting ethics committees, including the UK Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB).
Penny currently produces materials and runs online workshops to help AWERB members (especially lay members) ensure that AWERBs are effectively fulfilling all their tasks in the age of COVID. As well asworking on the RSPCA initiative to end severe suffering for laboratory animals and contributing to the Society’s work on current issues including animal sentience and genome editing farm animals.
Chairing: One Health
Philip is a Principal Scientist at Moredun. He is a graduate of Queens University, Belfast, where he gained a PhD in Parasitology. He continued his research at the Veterinary Sciences Division, Stormont, before joining Moredun in 1995. His research interests are in the diagnosis and control of parasitic diseases in livestock, specifically roundworm and fluke infections and the detection and management of anthelmintic resistance. He also has interests in livestock and climate change and is the SEFARI Knowledge Exchange Sector Lead for Livestock in the current Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme
Sessions: One World, One Animal Science
Philippe Chemineau is initially an Agronomist. He has a PhD in Reproductive physiology of domestic animals. He is Emeritus Director of Research INRAE (France) and President World Association of Animal Production (WAAP). He has been Head of the INRAE Division Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems; Member of national INRAE Management Board; Head of the « Delegation for scientific expertise, Foresight and Advanced studies (DEPE)” INRAE Paris; Head of the INRAE “ Direction of Regional policy, Higher education and Europe (DARESE)”. He has also been President of EAAP (European Association of Animal Production), the European Federation of Animal Science.
He has published 196 publications and has an h-index : 38
Sessions: Global Approach to Net Zero
Polly Ericksen leads the research program on Sustainable Livestock Systems at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). She has a PhD in Soil Science and an MSc in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BS in History from Swarthmore College. She has over 20 years of experience working on agricultural development, natural resource management and global environmental change in developing countries. This includes experience working for the World Agroforestry Centre, Catholic Relief Services, a research fellowship at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), and five years at the University of Oxford working with the Global Environmental Change and Food Systems (GECAFS) initiative of the Earth Systems Science Partnership. She also leads the Environment Flagship of the Livestock Agri-food Systems CRP and serves as the ILRI contact point for CCAFS.
Rick is a behavioural scientist using behaviour as a measure of animal welfare, but also to understand and solve welfare problems which result from behaviour in farm animals.
He studied a BA in Biological Sciences in Oxford and stayed on in Oxford to do a DPhil in Animal Behaviour with Marian Dawkins on social recognition in chickens. Since 1997 Rick has worked at SRUC (formerly SAC) in Edinburgh. He has worked on the issue of hunger in broiler breeders, and a variety of questions in pigs including social aggression, hunger in dry sows, farrowing systems, tail biting and mounting. His current focus is on the application of machine vision technology to automatically record pig behaviour. In 2013 Rick was made a Reader in Animal Behaviour and Welfare at SRUC.
Sessions: Science in to Practise
Sara is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Elanco. Prior to Elanco, she was the senior director for sustainable beef production research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and an assistant professor in sustainable beef cattle systems at Oklahoma State University. She received her PhD in Animal Biology from the University of California, Davis, a BS in Animal Science from Cornell University, and an AAS in Agriculture Business from Morrisville State College.
Dr Stephen Mansbridge is an accredited animal scientist and Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and Bioinformatics at Harper Adams University. He holds a PhD in animal health and nutrition; working both in academia and industry to improve knowledge and applications for the animal and veterinary sectors.
Sessions: Towards the Green Deal
Stephen began a career in animal science in 2009, with 5 years working at the SRUC Dairy Research Centre in Dumfries. With a background in chemistry and environmental science, his work at SRUC on greenhouse gas emissions and genotype x environment interactions led to completion of a PhD in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of dairy systems with University of Edinburgh. Subsequently spending 3 years working in LCA modelling of engineering systems at the MIT International Design Centre in Singapore, he returned to agriculture and joined Alltech in 2018.
Working for Alltech E-CO2, Stephen’s principal role is developing and maintaining carbon and life cycle models for commercial environmental footprinting across the range of agricultural production systems. This work covers a core of seven major livestock species as well as cropping and feedmill production. As sustainability has grown to become an ever larger part of the industry consciousness, his role has expanded into providing assistance to various projects and partners and clients in the wide ranging arena of agricultural sustainability around the world.
Chairing: Young Stock
Steven Morrison is Head of Livestock Production Sciences Branch at Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). Steven is responsible for the sustainable livestock production research programme within AFBI. AFBI is responsible for the provision of statutory and scientific programmes in the areas of agri-food, animal and plant health, fisheries and the environment, providing access to specialist expertise and providing facilities to industry and public sector bodies for contracted scientific services.
After obtaining his doctorate through QUB in dairy cow nutrition, Steven took up a role as a post doctorate researcher in dairy young stock nutrition and health at AFBI. He held a number of posts at AFBI before becoming Branch Head which includes the high precision instrumented research farm platform. Dr Morrison’s research and development activity has included a wide range of topics related to improving the sustainability of livestock production systems. This work includes fundamental research into improving the health, nutrition and management of farmed livestock through to the development of life cycle analysis and decision support tools. As an example Steven along with the AFBI IT development team is responsible for the Bovine Information System (BovIS) and development of associated industry applications used by many farmers across NI. Steven has published his work extensively delivering research outcomes at 100’s of events and publishing peer reviewed scientific papers.
Sessions: One World, One Animal Science
Tamara Tadich, studied veterinary medicine at the Universidad Austral de Chile, afterwards she continued her studies with an MSc. in Equine Sciences (University of Edinburgh) and PhD in Veterinary Sciences (Universidad Austral de Chile). Currently she is an associate professor at the Veterinary Faculty of the Universidad Austral de Chile and does teaching and research in applied animal behaviour and welfare with a special interest in sustainability and working equids. The Animal Welfare Programme of the Faculty is also part of the OIE collaborating centre in animal welfare and livestock systems for the Americas. She is an active ALPA member and participates in Animal Welfare Thematic Networks as coordinator.
Tim graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2003 and then went on to complete a three year residency in dairy herd medicine and surgery. After his residency Tim undertook a PhD examining the design of antimicrobial dosing regimens for the treatment of calf pneumonia. Tim is now a Senior Clinical Director of Westpoint Farm Vets and Kingshay, part of VetPartners. Clinically, most of Tim’s time is spent providing advice on proactive health management to calf rearers and across the UK. Outside of his clinical duties Tim focuses on research and knowledge transfer and is part of the management team for the South West Dairy Development Centre
Uislei Orlando graduated in 1999 from the Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil with a MSc in Animal Bioclimatology and Physiology in 2000. He obtained a PhD in Monogastric Nutrition in 2003. He was visitor researcher at University of Guelph, Canada in the fall of 2008.
He has worked for more than twelve years with leading swine nutrition initiatives in Brazil. From 2003 to 2015, He coordinated the nutrition department and oversaw R&D and innovation at Brasilfoods (BRF) in Brazil leading a team of nutritionists. In 2015, BRF was one of the top 5 largest global feed producers (12 million metric ton/year in ~35 feed mills), most of that to support their integrate system of poultry (largest global exporter), pigs (380,000 sows herd) and turkey production (largest producer in Brazil).
Since 2015, Dr. Orlando joined PIC as Global Nutrition Director leading the global nutrition team based in Hendersonville, TN to provide worldwide the best nutrition support for PIC pigs. The nutrition has specialists in Philippines, China, South Africa, Brazil, Ireland, United States and Mexico.
In the last 6 years Uislei has been involved with several projects in boars, sows and wean-to-finish nutrition trials involving over 100 trials conducting in partnership with some reputable universities and industry partners in North America, Asia and Brazil.
Vivi Aarestrup Moustsen (VAM) received her M.Sc. in Animal Science from The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark, in 1995, and her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the same University in 2002.
VAM has been focusing on research and development of housing of lactating sows at SEGES Danish Pig Research Centre (SEGES PRC) since 2001. The research includes determination of sow and piglets dimensions, space needed for important behaviours, nurse capacity of hyper-prolific sows, pen design and environmental impact of housing. VAM is responsible for SEGES PRC’s activities regarding R&D in housing of loose farrowing and lactating sows. VAM has conducted on-farm trials for more than 20 years, so she has years of experience in collaboration with farmers and collection of data from trials in private herds. The aim of SEGES PRC is to develop, test and recommend the best technologies for production of pigs in Denmark. The knowledge must be distributed to the herds, so the Danish pig producers maintain their competitiveness in the global market. SEGES PRC is also engaged in ensuring the Danish pig producers as good conditions as possible – and on increasing the acceptance of the production from the society.
Given these strategies of SEGES PRC and VAM’s position as chief scientist, VAM is involved in assimilation of results to end users and ongoing encouragement to get results to work in practice. In addition, VAM has been the author/coauthor of a number of peer review scientific papers, and of a number abstracts for international conferences, and is also reviewer for scientific journals.
Throughout the years VAM has been co-supervisor for PhD-, Master-, and Bachelor students from UCPH and universities outside Denmark. In addition, VAM teaches at UCPH (management and work routines).
Anthony Chadwick is the CEO of Alpha Vet International and is a veterinary dermatologist. Anthony qualified from Liverpool University in 1990 and achieved his CertVD in 1995. Anthony set up a practice in Liverpool in 1997 in Liverpool which he eventually sold in 2011 so that he could concentrate on The Webinar Vet which he started in January 2010. The Webinar Vet is the largest online provider of veterinary CPD in Europe and is a past winner of the FSB’s NW online business of the year and The Regional Business Awards’ Knowledge Business of the year. Anthony is also a veterinary futurist and is fascinated about new technology in the veterinary profession. At a futurist conference in 2016, he heard about the hololens and immediately set about developing Sheba, the holographic GSD which he demonstrated at that year’s London Vet Show. Anthony enjoys thinking strategically and connecting teams together- an ideal quality for project managing multi-disciplinary teams.
Sessions: Towards the Green Deal
Asbjørn has since the end of education been employed in the grain and feed industry. After his master’s degree he was employed in Landbrugsraadet - a Danish interest organization for farmers, where he advanced to managing director. Afterwards he was CEO of the DLG Group for 19 years followed by two years of Director. Since 2015 he has been Director of DAKOFO, and he was later elected as president of FEFAC in 2020 in conjunction with his work in DAKOFO.
BSc (Hons) in Agriculture, MSc in Animal Production and Diploma in Ruminant Nutrition, he is FACTS and BASIS registered.
Bryn lives on a commercial sheep farm on the edge of the Brecon Beacons and 15 years experience of on farm advice and sales. He also provides agronomy advice on all forage crops, grassland, maize, whole crop fodder beet and cereals.
Bryn joined Wynnstay bringing extensive experience in farm management of arable, pig, dairy, sheep and beef enterprises
Craig Rhodes is NVIDIA’s health and life science industry business development lead in EMEA. He works with leading clinical and research organizations that support the delivery of artificial intelligence to improve clinical pathways and patient outcomes.
David is the Business Development Manager. His team of 3 software developers and 1 data scientist for the core of the innovation implementation team. This team has been built over the last 6 years as products have matured and the importance of data science has been realised. He is the developer of both Qscan and Qbox swine and beef monitoring technologies with a background in Computer Science BSc (Hons). He has built a global infrastructure for deployment which has allowed both products to be brought to market successfully. He has also built a significant network of contacts in both commercial farming and academia. This has led to the successful application of many innovation grants. Both systems provide benefits to the whole production lifecycle of the swine and beef supply chains using visual imaging to monitor production parameters in real-time. This has had the effect of modernising the UK supply chain and bringing significant investment to the area. He trained as a computer scientist with a specialisation in the Agri-Tech sector and has delivered both the Qscan and the Qbox products into the worldwide market.
David is a tech entrepreneur and founder of Immersive VR Education. He is a former Editor-in-chief of Virtual Reality Reviewer and a multi-awarding winning VR director and producer with 10+ years web development, a background in app creation and programming large CRM systems. David believes in a future where education is accessible to all no matter your geographical location or financial status.
Chairing: Industry Prize Presentations
David is a ruminant nutritionist and Global Technical Manager – Ruminants for Anpario plc. His role involves providing technical support to the global sales teams as well as commissioning trials with university and commercial partners. David has extensive experience in the animal feed industry, having worked for premix companies, feed additive manufacturers and feed mills, working with farmers, nutritionists, consultants and veterinarians. David has been a member of the Society for over 20 years and a past-president of the Society of Feed Technologists.
Sessions: Ruminants - Environmental (Part 1)
Diego Morgavi is a senior research scientist at INRAE, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Research Centre (France). His research focuses on the gastrointestinal microbiome of ruminants, the interactions with the host animal and the role of microbiomes in the expression of animal phenotypes. He has a particular interest in the role of host-associated microbiomes on enteric methane emissions, feed utilisation and health. He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Diego will present a short overview of enteric methane mitigation options in ruminants using feed additives and recent work on the potential of early life approaches to modulate methane emissions in the long term.
Duncan Forbes is the Head of Dairy for the Agri-EPI Centre with responsibility for delivering their programme of dairy research and development across all their dairy assets throughout the UK and internationally.
In his previous role as MD of dairy specialists Kingshay he conceived and established what is now the Agri-EPI Centre’s flagship state-of-the-art dairy farm, the South West Dairy Development Centre in Somerset in south west England.
In a career dedicated to the dairy sector he has held roles as a farm management consultant, Manager of NMR, the UK’s milk recording service and as managing director of Kingshay, which he developed into one of the leading providers of near market research, services and training for UK dairy farmers.
His degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science reflects a lifelong interest in finding routes to balance the food production demands of a growing population with vital requirements to lower the impact of farming on the environment. He sees emerging agri technology as playing a key role in this.
George Brownlee, BSc(Hons)Vet Sc, BVM&S, MRCVS is CEO & Founder at Farmvet Systems Ltd. Due to his experiences growing up on a farm and then 8 years as a vet in farm practice, George holds the passionate view that vets have an important role to play, on behalf of all of society, in relation to the ethics of food from animals. Vets need to be equipped with the insights they require, through data, to be effective advisors and advocates of farmers. Assisting farmers to produce efficient, ethical, safe, affordable food from livestock farming whilst running resilient farm businesses that take care of the health of animals, people and planet. Having left practice in 2010 to build a team and supply data insight tools to veterinary practices, bringing together data from disparate sources for standardisation and analysis, the VetIMPRESS software platform which George and his colleagues created is now used in 10 countries worldwide.
Justin is responsible for the Agricultural performance of our Business across multiple generations. Justin leads the innovation and continuous improvement amongst Moy Park’s agriculture supply base by working across our Agricultural teams, suppliers, customers and our farming community to deliver a sustainable, secure and best in class performance.
Justin has extensive international experience working with farmers supplying retail customers globally through integrated farming business.
Sessions: New Developments in the Dairy Industry
Nic Parsons, Head of Dairy Development for AHDB. Leading the further development of the Strategic Dairy Farms initiative, taking forwards the group of farmers sharing their knowledge and experience. Enabling a network of farms across England, Scotland and Wales to facilitate farmer to farmer learning and the sharing of best practice. The farmers open their businesses up to the scrutiny of their peers and help to drive a mentality of benchmarking and developing the productivity of UK dairy.
Nic had been until mid-2019 Agriculture Manager for Tesco Plc. Working in the Tesco Dairy team since 2014 supporting the commercial Dairy team with the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG). Nic had overseen the significant changes to the TSDG including the review of the Tesco Livestock Code of Practice, introduction of additional farms and the Balanced Scorecard (QVIS).
Prior to joining Tesco, Nic worked in Arla Foods UK in the farm liaison department supporting farmers in the South East through the development of Arla, the merger with Express Dairies and subsequently move into the full Arla Amba Co-operative. Latterly joining the Agriculture Manager team supporting retailer Morrisons and restaurant customers McDonald’s and Starbucks.
Before joining MD Foods prior to the Arla merger, Nic worked in Dalgety Agriculture as a ruminant feed specialist in the South East having built up experience in his early career on two dairy farms following time at Agricultural College in Norfolk.
Sessions: The Challenge of Change, The New Normal?
Nicholas was appointed as Chair of AHDB in April 2020. He has a wide background in agriculture and horticulture, having built a public company, farming, processing, and trading fruit and vegetables in the UK, Europe, southern Africa, and South America. His dairy experience includes a period as a non-executive director of Dairy Crest leading up to its flotation and spending the last 18 years building the Organic Milk Producers’ Cooperative (Omsco), into the world’s second largest dedicated organic milk cooperative, with exports of cheese, butter and infant formula grade milk powders to the USA, EU, and Australasia.
He also has a long and successful record of chairing industry and government bodies in the food and farming sector, including being the Chair of the Central Council for Agricultural and Horticultural Cooperation, Founder Chair of Food from Britain, President of the Fresh Produce Consortium and Chair of the Agricultural Forum.
Chairing: Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Having first completed a degree in Agriculture & Biotechnology with a specialisation in Animal Health, I started working at Writtle in 2010 after completing my MSc in Animal Biology and Welfare. Over the years I have developed myself as an educator and course manager, and have been involved in a number of big projects, such as validation and revalidations of HE courses, development of new research areas, providing maths support to undergraduate students and a large multi-national multi-institution Erasmus+ funded project (TOPAS). I also supervise research students up to MPhil level.
Currently my main focus is the use of evidence-based methods in animal health science, the interaction of animal nutrition and health and developing professionalism in graduates. In addition, I have a keen interest in HE Learning and Teaching research because I feel this helps the College in supporting our students. Currently, I am working on a research project on evidence-based practice and course leadership in higher education.
Outside of Writtle, I volunteer as a STEM Ambassador for ExploreSTEM, promoting the sciences to school learners. I am an assessor for the professional registers of the British Society for Animal Science, the Royal Society of Biology and the Science Council. Additionally, I am Associate Editor and reviewer for Veterinary Evidence and a reviewer for Journal of Biological Education.
I tweet as @Nieky_WUC and blog at www.niekyvanveggel.eu. My ORCID ID is orcid.org/0000-0001-6738-6989.
Nigel is an experienced and innovative digital content producer with a passion for technology. After 20 years at the BBC, leading teams to produce unique digital projects across web, TV and Radio he set up StoryFX, a creative consultancy bringing stories to life with the latest digital platforms.
While at the BBC, he developed a wide range of innovative content and applications to launch on bbc.co.uk and at live outside broadcasts, to give the audience a brand new digital experience.
With StoryFX, he is focusing on Virtual & Augmented Reality and immersive storytelling and his aim is to partner with key industry expertise to exploit the latest technology to produce stunning visuals.
His current role with Digital Catapult as Immersive Lab Lead means he is engaging with a range of SME’s, industry stakeholders and individuals to highlight the potential of Immersive Technology in driving innovative business opportunities in Northern Ireland, by showcasing the cutting edge technology available at the Digital Catapult Immersive Lab in Belfast.
Paul is a final year Walsh Scholar PhD student based in Teagasc Grange in Ireland and is registered at University College Dublin (UCD). After graduating from his undergraduate degree in Animal Science at UCD, Paul worked as an agricultural policy before undertaking a PhD in 2017, titled “Understanding of the role of diet, host feed efficiency and genetics on the rumen microbiome and environmental outputs in beef cattle”, under the supervision of Prof Sinéad Waters (Teagasc), Prof David Kenny (Teagasc) and Dr Alan Kelly (UCD). His research forms part of the international collaborative projects, RumenPredict and MASTER, which aim to better understand the link between the composition of the rumen microbial ecosystem (rumen microbiome) and methane output. Paul is an active member of the BSAS Early Career Council as the Teagasc representative.
Seth is a lover of quality beef, from production through to consumption, working to produce ethical, sustainable and profitable beef by combining best practice from all areas of farm and animal production. He is leading the Stabiliser Cattle Company, taking the business forward by combining data and technology. Interacting with all members of the supply chain to deliver returns to all members from Farm to Fork. Forging partnerships and promoting the breed and its traits throughout the beef and agricultural industries.
Stuart is the Head of Business development for CIEL and responsible for working in partnership with CIEL members to identify and develop industry-lead research opportunities across the livestock and aquaculture sectors.
Prior to CIEL he was responsible for Mondelez Global packaging innovation and represented the R&D arm of the company on all aspects of Sustainability and Carbon Footprint. With over 30-years’ experience in innovation and product development Stuart has spent his career working in the food industry, commissioning, developing, and supplying innovative materials, equipment and solutions.
A seasoned AgTech Entrepreneur, Terry grew up on a dairy farm. After studying engineering he spent 9 years working for blue chip companies worldwide on cloud computing projects. In 2004 he applied this knowledge to the livestock industry founding FarmWizard.com the world’s first SaaS for managing livestock. He grew that business over 10 years Vision powered by Deep Learning Artificial Intelligence now creates an opportunity to develop CattleEye, a truly Autonomous Livestock Monitoring solution. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for CattleEye with the unveiling of its autonomous mobility scoring system selling it in 2015 to Wheatsheaf. Terry believes that recent advances in Machine which has been successfully validated by a leading UK University.
Sessions: Bringing Innovation to Life
Tim leads BBSRC strategy and participation in international funding and policy programmes and BBSRC relations with funding agencies in other countries. Tim has worked in the Research Councils since 1989 with posts in information technology, industrial collaboration and secondments to UKRO in Brussels and the UK Foresight Programme. His current activities focus on international aspects of the BBSRC Strategic Plan, cross-UKRI approaches and strategic relations in research for development. He is a UK delegate to the European Molecular Biology Council with MRC.
Tim was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and educated at Belfast High School and Ulster University (BSc 1st Class Honours Chemistry and Ecology, MPhil Mechanical Engineering).
Sessions: Future of Farming
Tom Heap will be appearing in the Future of Farming session on Monday 12 April. He will be sharing his wisdom, views and answering your questions, on the future of farming, given the current uncertainties, and what our early career scientists can do to make the biggest impact on these issues as their careers develop.
Tom Heap is freelance journalist who created and presents BBC Radio’s flagship climate change podcast ’39 Ways to Save the Planet‘. He is a regular presenter on BBC1’s Countryfile specialising in the more investigative films and has made many BBC Panorama documentaries on food, energy and the environment. Tom also hosts BBC Radio 4’s regular environment series ‘Costing the Earth’. Tom started his career as a sound man with Sky News, before working for many years as a producer and reporter for BBC News. He fronted the long running and popular daytime TV series Animal 24:7. Outside of broadcasting, Tom is a regular host and speaker at conferences and corporates mixing authority and humour to deliver a memorable event. Tom is a fervent supporter and ambassador for the international conservation charity ‘Whitley Fund for Nature’ and a founder of ‘The Western Front Way’ which is creating a path for peace along the whole of what was the Western Front.
Sessions: Feed into Beef Nutrition (FIBNUT) Review
I am a PhD student in animal nutrition at Agri-Food Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and University of Ulster. My PhD project aims to develop computational and statistical models for prediction of N and energy utilisation efficiencies and methane emissions in cattle. I have published 29 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 13 conference abstracts in international conferences.
Georgina Chapman works for ED&F Man Liquid Products as a Nutritionist and Technical Support Manager. She supports the commercial team supplying technical literature and training as well as providing nutritional advice and support to farmers. Georgina is also involved in European research and development helping to lead, manage and generate publications on various ruminant projects with a key focus on improving fibre digestion and nitrogen utilisation of home-grown feeds to promote sustainability on farm. Georgina holds a degree in Animal Science from the University of Nottingham and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Ruminant Nutrition from Harper Adams University.
Holly Vickery is a third year PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant in Animal Sciences at the University of Reading. Her academic interests lie broadly within animal behaviour and welfare, having completed a BSc in this topic at Bristol University. Her PhD research aims to investigate the behaviour, productivity, and overall welfare of farmed goat kids, during the milk feeding period and weaning transition, in order to make recommendations for how on-farm management could be improved.
Kasi comes from a dairy farming background and has specific expertise in biotech solutions to animal and environmental health challenges. She has worked within the Agri-Tech Centres since 2018, having previously been employed within the Business Development team at sister Centre, CIEL. At Agri-EPI, Kasi leads on driving new project opportunities through the Centre’s Livestock & Aquaculture facilities. She is focussed on identifying and managing key relationships within Agri-EPI’s membership base and the wider livestock industry both in the UK & overseas, as well as building consortia, steering and coordinating projects and find funding for a pipeline of innovative projects. Kasi also supports the development of the international SmartFarm portfolio.
Chairing: Science in to Practise
Lucy Mather works for KTN within the AgriFood team, with a specific focus on the Livestock and Aquaculture industry. She helps to drive forward the innovations which will help to ensure that the industry is future proof and is sustainable, working with companies of all sizes from SMEs right up to large companies. Before joining KTN, Lucy worked as an Agricultural Consultant, helping businesses to ensure that they were efficient and resilient. Lucy holds a degree in Agriculture from Newcastle University.
Naomi started her career in the finance and business management Industry, followed on by completing her Prince2 practitioner training and starting her Agri-EPI Project Management journey in 2018.
Naomi has always had a passion to assist the agricultural industry and this drive continues as we see so many changes.
Using her Project Management skills she continues to encourage engagement between sectors of the industry to assist in reducing the current Agricultural challenges we see on farm today. Animal Welfare in particular being at the forefront.
Naomi currently manages several projects covering Dairy, Beef, Pig, Arable and Knowledge exchange.
Nicola is a broadcaster from Ballymena, she presents BBC Radio Ulster's farming and rural affairs show, Farming Matters, and is also the reporter for the Stephen Nolan Show
Chairing: Feed into Beef Nutrition (FIBNUT) Review
Expertise in beef with a keen interest in ruminant young stock and welfare. Secretariat for the industry group Control of Worms Sustainably (COWS) focused on parasite control for cattle.
Sarah has worked for in the agri-food industry for nearly 20 years across a wide cross section of the industry including production agriculture, NGO’s, retailing, animal welfare and meat production. Sarah is the Head of Agriculture for the Dawn Meats Group which encompasses a varied workstream across the Dawn Meats and Dunbia business, ranging from customer liaison on agricultural matters, all aspects of animal welfare from farm to factory, as well as agri-based projects looking at sustainable beef and lamb production in the UK and Ireland. Sarah is currently Chair of the UK Cattle Sustainability Platform, a collaboration of retailers, processors, farmer groups and industry experts seeking to bring clarity to the sustainability discussions and share common goals. Sarah is the immediate past Chair of the European Roundtable for Sustainable Beef and sits on the Red Tractor beef and lamb Technical Committee. Sarah has a BSc (Hons) in Agriculture with Agricultural Marketing, an MSc in Food Marketing and Quality from Harper Adams University, and received a Nuffield Farming Trust Scholarship in 2007. Sarah, along with her husband William and 4 year old daughter, are also beef and sheep farmers, with a small herd of Pedigree Hereford and cross bred Hereford cows, running alongside a small flock of Wiltshire horn sheep and 3 token Berkshire pigs!
Sessions: The Challenge of Change, The New Normal?
Sheila Voas joined the Scottish Government in 2007 as a veterinary adviser, and then as deputy CVO, having previously worked for the State Veterinary Service as a field based veterinary officer.
Prior to joining the government services Sheila spent almost 20 years in private practice, in a variety of jobs in the Scottish Borders and the North of England, including 15 years in a mixed practice based between Biggar and Peebles. She qualified from the 'Dick Vet' college at the University of Edinburgh in 1988, having never considered a career other than veterinary medicine.
Married with two sons, Sheila lives in the Scottish Borders near Blyth Bridge, a home which she shares also with three cats – and has a horse in a nearby field.
Sophie is Head of Agriculture, Fisheries and Sustainable Sourcing for Wm Morrison plc and has been with Morrisons since November 2017.
Sophie started her career on the graduate programme with ASDA, moving into Corporate Affairs and looking after farming, product and store themes after a year in store as a produce
manager. She had a period of time at home on the family dairy and egg farm when her children were born, before joining Bishopton Veterinary Group in 2009 as their marketing manager. Whilst there, she set up the FarmSkills training programme with XLVets and working with veterinary colleagues developed and managed RAFT Solutions Ltd, delivering vet and farmer generated livestock research and training projects for the private and public sectors and running a significant number of Innovate UK projects. Sophie also helped set up
the government funded agri-tech centre, CIEL (Centre of Innovation Excellence in Livestock), for whom she is still a non-executive director.
Through Morrisons, Sophie has been the BRC representative for the Red Tractor Poultry Board and is now a Main Board non-executive director for Associated Food Standards (Red Tractor). She is also part of the steering committee for the IGD generated FIIA (Food Industry Initiative for Antimicrobials).
Victoria Lindsay is a final year PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College, supervised by Androniki Psifidi, Richard Piercy and Emily Clark. She studies the genetic architecture of equine exertional rhabdomyolysis, and in addition to genetic studies she works on machine-learning approaches to complex disease phenotyping.
Viola Farci is a final year PhD student in Animal Nutrition at the School Of Veterinary Medicine, and a graduate teaching assistant for Biology1 at the School Of Life Sciences, University of Glasgow.
Her research project, supervised by Dr. Peter Hastie and Prof. Jo-Anne Murray, investigates the effect of feed processing on digestibility and microbiome of horses and cattle using in vitro, in vivo and in sacco methods.
She’s an active member of the BSAS Early career council and she’s also involved in different BSAS committees’ activities.
Sessions: Equine Symposium
Professor Christine Aurich is the head of the Centre for Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer and the Graf Lehndorff Institute for Equine Science at the Vetmeduni Vienna, Austria. She is a Diplomate of the European College of Animal Reproduction. Her current research focuses on gamete physiology, assisted reproductive technologies and early pregnancy development. She is Chair of the scientific committee of the International Symposium for Stallion Reproduction and President-elect of the International Equine Reproduction Symposia committee. Christine Aurich is an author of numerous scientific articles in international journals and the editor of a German-language textbook on equine reproduction.
Sessions: Young Stock
Jud is a native of Sullivan County New York, where he was raised on a small Holstein farm.
Jud has been with Penn State since 1982 working in the areas of dairy nutrition and management with an emphasis in replacements; as well as dairy forages with an emphasis on diet particle size and physically effective fibre. Jud's interest in the growth and management of dairy heifers has allowed him to work on several population studies of growth rates of dairy heifers as well as revise the Holstein weight tapes currently used worldwide. He is also a co-inventor of the Penn State Forage and TMR Particle Size Separator.
Jud spent a sabbatical from 2008 to 2009 at the University of Bologna in Italy studying physically effective fibre needs of lactating cows. During a previous sabbatical from 1991 to 1992 with the USDA, he was in charge of the National Dairy Heifer Evaluation Project. He has authored over 135 journal articles and book chapters as well as many extension publications, primarily in the area of dairy replacements and forages.
BSc Agriculture (Leeds), PhD (Reading).
Grassland Research Institute (to 1989)
SAC (now SRUC) 1989 – 2004.
2004 - Scientific consultant to EAAP Rome. Involved as Coordinator / WP leader in 6 EU projects
BSAS John Hammond Award,
Past President British Grassland Society, Princess Royal Award for services to the Dairy Industry
Past Council member of the Royal Agricultural Society
Vice President (Science) EAAP
Long Service Award EAAP
Chairing: New Developments in the Dairy Industry
Professor Dave Roberts – Chair of Trustees Hannah Dairy Research Foundation . The Hannah Dairy Research Foundation (HDRF) main aim is to encourage research and education into dairying through the funding of small research grants, travel and research scholarships.
Currently the Head of Agriculture and Business Management Dept at SRUC where his research has focussed on dairy farming systems and forage crops, with an emphasis on knowledge exchange. In the last 10 years has also worked in collaboration with staff at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi to help develop smallholder dairy farming systems.
Dave has been awarded Nuffield Framing Scholarship; Fellow of Institute of Agricultural Management and Fellow of Royal Agricultural Societies
Sessions: The Challenge of Change, The New Normal?
Professor David Hume FMedSci FRSE has research interests in functional genomics and the biology of macrophages. He is a graduate of the Australian National University and did postdoctoral research in the Dunn School of Pathology in Oxford, JCSMR in Canberra and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He joined the Centre for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Queensland in 1998, and was subsequently a senior researcher in the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB). At the IMB he was Director of the ARC Centre for Functional and Applied Genomics and Deputy Director of the CRC for Chronic Inflammatory Diseases. He was also a senior member of the FANTOM Consortium, led by RIKEN in Japan. In 2006, he was appointed Director of The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh. He returned to Australia in 2018, and is currently a Professorial Fellow at Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland.
David is Head of the Animal and Bioscience Research Department at Teagasc and has extensive experience in cattle nutritional physiology and in the examination of the biological control of economically important traits in beef and dairy cattle production using physiological and molecular approaches (see scientific publications). He is currently leading a large collaborative research project, funded through Science Foundation Ireland (€1.9 m), in which he is investigating the molecular control of puberty and semen quality in bulls. He is also centrally involved in a number of other nationally and EU funded projects tasked with examining the ruminal methanogenesis mitigating potential of various dietary supplements in both cattle and sheep.
Sessions: Conference Opening and Welcome Chairing: The Challenge of Change, The New Normal?, Hammond Lecture - Animal Agriculture and Alternative Meats: Learning from Past Science Communication Failures
Eileen Wall is a researcher in livestock genetics and systems within the Animal & Veterinary Sciences Group at SRUC. Experience in animal breeding, genetics, modelling and biostatistics. Research interests include climate change and livestock systems (impacts, mitigation and adaptation), genetics of fitness traits, development of sustainable and environmental breeding goals and improvements to national genetic evaluations and understanding trade-offs/interactions in livestock systems. Eileen plays a key role in the integration of discipline based sciences to address the global issues that face us.
I am mainly interested in how climate influences the epidemiology of parasitic infections in animals. Internal parasites, especially helminths (worms), strongly affect the health and fitness of domestic and wild animals, and often have life stages that live away from the main host and are exposed to external environmental conditions. Climate - and climate change - is therefore a key driver of infection patterns. Management of parasites is further challenged by drug resistance, which undermines farming systems that rely on chemical use. Research in my group and with collaborators tries to advance and apply knowledge of the ecology of parasite populations to meet these challenges with better adapted management strategies. We use a combination of experiments on parasite biology, predictive computer modelling, and observations of field epidemiology. The work is global across farmed, companion and wild animal systems, including the troublesome issue of parasite and disease transmission across the wild-domestic interface. The outcomes we seek are more efficient and sustainable ways of managing parasite challenges to animal health, to support livelihoods, animal welfare and conservation in a rapidly changing world.
Sessions: One World, One Animal Science
Eustace Ayemere IYAYI, a Professor of Animal Nutrition was born in Uromi in Edo State, Nigeria. He attended and obtained B.Sc, MSc and PhD Degrees in Animal Science.
He has worked as a Research Fellow cum Lecturer at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nigeria, Egerton University, Njoro Kenya and International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) as a Postdoctoral Fellow at their station in IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria and the University of Ibadan. Research interest is in 3 broad areas: amino acid and phosphorus utilization in poultry and swine; feed enzymes and value addition to unconventional feedstuffs. The main thrust of his research in these areas is improvement in our livestock subsector.
He is the recipient of the (1) Israeli Government Mashav Award (1992); (2) The Austrian Ministry of Science & Technology Award (2000); (3) The 2003 Neville Clarke International Award (2003); (4) DAAD Research Scientist Fellowship at the Institute of Livestock Ecology, Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Germany (January to April, 1993); (5) The Royal Society of Britain Visiting Research Scientist Fellowship at The Department of Plant and Animal Science, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK (February to August, 1999); (6) Alexander von Humboldt Research Scientist Fellowship at the Institute of Nutritional Science & Animal Nutrition, Universität Halle, Germany (2003 to 2005); (7) Alexander von Humboldt Visiting Scientist at the Institute of Animal Science, University of Bonn, Germany (October 10 to November 09, 2007); (8) Visiting Scientist (Research Participant Agreement) at the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge Research Station, AB Canada (2008-2012) and (9) the Fulbright Senior African Research Scholar at Purdue University, Indiana, USA (2011 to 2012).
Prof Iyayi has been the Coordinator, Physical Sciences Department Programme at Egerton University, Njoro, Kenya, Head of Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture & Forestry of the same University. Currently the Registrar/CEO of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science.
He is a Certified Consultant Trainer on Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). He is a Technical Team Leader of the World Bank-Bill Gates Foundation on Livestock Micro Reforms in Agribusiness (L-MIRA).
Professor Iyayi is a Fellow of the Animal Science Association of Nigeria, Fellow Postgraduate College of Animal Scientists of Nigeria and Fellow Nigerian Institute of Animal Science and a Registered Animal Scientist.
Frank Dunshea is a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Chair of Agriculture at The University of Melbourne in Australia and Professor of Animal Growth and Development at The University of Leeds In the UK. Frank has a more than 35-yr research career in the area of growth physiology and nutrition and the use of domestic animals in nutritional and biomedical research. He has published over 900 journal, conference, book or technical articles. His research has had a high scientific impact, with many of the results being rapidly adopted by industry. Frank is a respected research leader in global livestock industries and is committed to ensuring that livestock industries operate in a responsible and sustainable manner. Much of his work has focused on improving efficiency through reducing inputs and outputs while maintaining product quality and consumer health. In addition to many awards, Frank is a Fellow of the Australian Nutrition Society, the Australasian Pig Science Association, and the Australian Association of Animal Sciences.
Prof. Frank O’Mara is the Director of Research at Teagasc, with responsibility for leading the research programme which covers all aspects of agri-food research from soils to consumers. His role involves setting priorities, identifying opportunities and securing resources, and includes liaison with industry stakeholders, policy makers, other agencies and research institutes and universities. He also contributes to various national and EU committees and bodies, review panels and scientific advisory boards, and became President of the Animal Task Force in 2020. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in UCD in 2017
Sessions: One World, One Animal Science
1988.09-1992.07 B.Sc in Biology, Xinjiang Normal University, Urumqi, China;
1992.07-1995.07 M.Sc in Ecology, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xining, China;
1997.09-2000.12 Ph.D in Grassland Science, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China;
1995.08-2002.04 GGERI, Assistant Professor, Vice Director (2006-2012), Director (2012-2021);
2002.04-present CPAST, Associate Professor (2003-2009) and Professor (2009-present), Vice Dean (2006-2012), Dean (2012-present);
2005.01-2006.01 Texas Tech University, USA, visiting scholar, collaborative research in productivity and environmental effects of the integrated livestock and crop production systems;
2008.03-2009.01 Institute of Grassland and Environment Research, UK, collaborative research in greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and mitigation of GHG in ruminant agriculture;
Journal articles published: 326 (International journals: 118)
Refereed conference proceedings: 86
Book chapters: 11
Project leader: 31
2016.07-present Member of Continuous Committee of International Rangeland Congress (IRC)
2015.06-present Associate editor of The Rangeland Journal (Australia)
2014.11-present Member of domestic experts committee, Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)
2012. 08-present Member of editor committee of Journal of Animal Science and Technology (Korea)
2011.09-present Deputy President of Chinese Grassland Society;
2008.01-present Editor-in -Chief of Pratacultural Science;
I studied Veterinary Medicine at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. During my PhD studies, I investigated the genetics of energy balance and fertility in Holstein cows. I spent a few years managing a 600 cow dairy herd in Greece before moving to the USA where I worked as a research associate at Cornell University and got involved in various research projects on dairy cattle lameness, mastitis, and reproductive diseases. I was a co-Project Director on a USDA-funded project studying the dynamics of the mammary microbiome and I am currently studying dairy cattle lameness using genomic and microbiomic approaches and funded by BBSRC, the Wellcome Trust, the Animal Welfare Foundation, and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
The overarching objective of my research is the improvement of the welfare of dairy cattle and of the sustainability of dairy farms.
Sessions: New Developments in the Dairy Industry
My key interest is in human nutrition and food chain nutrition in particular. This involves understanding the pre-consumption factors which affect food composition and functionality and the subsequent effects on human health. A particular focus is animal-derived foods, their effect on cardiometabolic disease (CMD) risk and how the composition of animal-derived foods can be improved to reduce risk. Current work covers milk and dairy products and the fats they contain in relation to CMD risk including the use of both meta-analysis of data from prospective studies and more detailed work into the mechanisms involved. Current work also includes the effects of milk proteins on blood pressure and vascular stiffness as well as their effect on insulin stimulation and sensitivity, key factors in relation to type 2 diabetes, factors affecting the iodine content of milk and the role of animal-derived foods as sources of dietary vitamin D. Other research includes studies on the A1 and A2 β-casein proteins in milk and the specific effect a peptide from the A1 protein may have on inflammation in the gut.
Imke de Boer is personal professor Livestock & Sustainable Food Systems at the Animal Production Systems group of Wageningen University & Research (WUR). She is a leading expert in analysing and designing healthy and circular food systems, with a special emphasis on the role of livestock and fish. She is guiding 16 PhDs that do research in this domain, and leading a project in the North of the Netherlands that aims to co-create transformative pathways for a circular food system. She is also coordinating the WUR strategic investment theme Connected Circularity, which is directed at research to underpin the transition towards a circular, biobased society.
Sessions: Excellence in Teaching and Learning
I graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with BSc Honours in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1981. I then went onto do a PhD on Microbial metabolism of lactic acid in the rumen at the Hannah Research Institute in Scotland. Prior to joining SRUC I was Professor of Animal Science and Director of Research and Enterprise at the Institute of Biological and Rural Sciences, Aberyswyth University, Wales. Prior to joining the Aberystwyth University in 2003, I was based at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen for 16 years.
In its virtual debut, the BSAS 2021 conference 'The Challenge of Change: A New Normal?' will offer a feature-packed programme of unmissable debate, presentations and learning. We want as many people as possible, from both academia and industry, to join this first BSAS Virtual Conference to discuss and debate the latest sector developments. Here's how you can help:
Add the Book Now banner to your email signature or websiteDownload
Circulate Conference 'Headlines & Highlights' flyer to your networkDownload
Circulate the Webinar Series flyer with your colleaguesDownload
Share a copy of the Early Careers Webinar flyerDownload
Share a copy of the Equine Symposium flyerDownload