Meet the speakers!

On the 3rd of December the British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) and the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL), will be joining forces to bring you a day of lively and informative debate, on the topic of meeting UK livestock net zero carbon targets.

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Michael Lee

BSAS President Michael Lee is an expert in sustainable livestock systems, defining his role in securing global food security at the same time as protecting environmental health (Livestock’s role in human and planetary health). He worked for the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research from 2001-2008 (with his first post-doc on ruminal lipid metabolism), He has published over 300 research articles and papers including recent articles in Nature and Science. He was awarded the Sir John Hammond Memorial Prize in 2015 for services to Animal Science. In August 2016, he was elected as Vice President of the European Federation of Animal Science Livestock Farming Systems Commission and in August 2019 became President of the commission. 

David Kennedyy

David Kennedy will be sharing with delegates a valuable overview of the ‘Vision of the future and the policies that will help to deliver it.’

David was appointed as Director General for Food, Farming and Biosecurity at Defra in January 2017. Previously he was the UK Department for International Development’s first Director General for Economic Development. He has worked on development finance, strategy and investment at the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He was also the founding Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, an independent advisory body to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations. He has a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

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Mark Young

Mark is the interface with CIEL’s research base and facilitates the use of CIEL supported research capability and leads on developing and delivering CIEL’s research programme. He also designs CIEL member R&D events to facilitate knowledge exchange, stimulate debate and identify opportunities for innovation. A former senior geneticist at Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Mark has wide-ranging knowledge and experience of the ruminant sector. Throughout his career he has worked to help breeders and farmers better understand the scientific elements of genetics, encouraging and facilitating communication and understanding between scientists and farmers. 

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Chris Reynolds

Chris is a Professor of Animal and Dairy Science and Director of the Centre for Dairy Research (CEDAR) at the University of Reading. Following postgraduate study at the University of Tennessee, he worked as a Research Scientist in the Ruminant Nutrition Laboratory of the US Department of Agriculture’s Research Center at Beltsville Maryland, before moving to the University of Reading in 1993. His research has primarily focused on the nutritional physiology of ruminants in relation to energy and protein metabolism. His most recent research has focused on the management of ruminants to reduce environmental impacts of milk and meat production through reduced methane and nitrogen emissions, and the use of legumes and multi-species awards to improve the sustainability and resilience of ruminant production systems.

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Alison Van Eenennaam

Dr. Van Eenennaam is a Professor of Cooperative Extension in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at the prestigious University of California, Davis. Her publicly funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems, while her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology 2014 Borlaug Communication Award, and the American Society of Animal Science 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.

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Michael Marsden

Michael has 37 years of experience in the nutrition and health industries providing, commercial technical, product and system development and support, within the UK, Australia, Europe, Middle East, and China, managing a large team of nutritionist and technical colleagues. He has for many years driven extensive value-added product development and external research within the UK, European, US and Chinese Research Institutes, and continues to publish much of this research jointly with lead academics.

Now a Product Development Director at AB Agri Ltd, Michael operates across all species with particular focus on feed materials, including co-products, in developing environmentally sustainable, responsible, and economically viable feed solutions and tools. Michael is also heavily involved in a number of industry bodies, chairing the UK Trade Association AIC Legal & Scientific Committee, and was a founding member of the AIC Feed Advisory Committee, where he contributed the syllabuses and the AIC on-line training videos for ~ 1000 members training, and the original feed assurance committee.

Bob Rees

Bob will discuss ‘The importance of carbon sequestration to the UK’s net zero target’. A Professor in Agriculture Climate Change, Bob’s interests lie in carbon sequestration, agricultural greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable intensification in agriculture. A soil and environmental scientist, he has a long-established history of research in nitrogen and carbon cycling and soil management in a range of crop and soil systems.

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Andrew Dowsey

Andrew Dowsey, will be enthralling attendees at the ‘Net Zero Carbon: Meeting UK Livestock Targets’ event  with his presentation titled – ‘Smart Livestock.’

Andrew holds a joint position in Bristol Veterinary School and the Department of Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, where he leads a research group focussing on the facilitation and acceleration of health sciences research through novel artificial intelligence and statistical data science methodology, as well as data collection and management platforms. Andrew also coordinates the John Oldacre Centre at Bristol Veterinary School, where he is Population Health Theme Lead (and formerly Research Director), Co-Director for Enterprise & Innovation in the Faculty of Health Sciences, an Associate Director of the HDR-UK South-West Better Care Partnership, and a Turing Fellow.

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Tom Misselbrook

Principal Research Scientist Prof Tom Misselbrook, will join the panel with his presentation titled – ‘Predict, measure and report greenhouse gas emissions from livestock’.

Tom’s research over the past 30 years has aimed at quantifying ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural sources, with a specific emphasis on livestock production and manure management, understanding the driving factors for emissions and developing and assessing effective reduction measures. This has included close engagement with industry and policy stakeholders in the development of potential solutions and progress towards sustainable production systems. During his extensive career, Tom has also been an active participant in the UNECE Task Force for Reactive Nitrogen, including the Expert Panel on Mitigating Agricultural Nitrogen, and have collaborated exclusively with leading research groups around the world.

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Jude Capper

A winner of the prestigious Sir John Hammond Award, Jude has two main roles, as ABP Chair and Professor of Sustainable Beef and Sheep systems at Harper Adams University, and as an Independent Livestock Sustainability Consultant. Her research focuses on modelling the sustainability of livestock production systems, specifically dairy, beef and sheep and she is currently working on projects relating to on-farm greenhouse gas emissions from UK beef production; climate footprints of smallholder farming; the impacts of livestock health and welfare on system sustainability; and technology use in South American beef production. Jude also 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.

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