Prof. Roslyn Gleadow

Monash University, Australia

Professor Roslyn Gleadow is the Head of Plant Science, School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. She has expertise in the field of climate change and food security, particularly how environmental factors affect the nutritional value of crops. Her focus is on plants that make cyanide as a herbivore defence, examining the issues from the molecular through to the ecosystem, and even global scales.

Prof. Gleadow is a past President of the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. She is currently the President of the Global Plant Council, a board member of Eucalypt Australia, the Agricultural Biotechnology Council of Australia (ABCA) Expert Scientific Panel and member of  Public Policy and Communication Committee, Royal Society of Victoria.

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Talk: Translating science into action: why does it take so long?

Dr. Anne Mottet

FAO, Italy.

Dr. Anne Mottet is a livestock development officer with the FAO of the UN. For some time she has supported policy makers and stakeholders for the transition to sustainable food systems. She has developed tools and assessment measures on global topics related to livestock systems, natural resources, climate change and agroecology. She is a published author, an elected member of the FACCE-JPI, and an invited reviewer of IPCC reports and guidelines.

Dr. Mottet is currently coordinating a program of work providing technical support and guidance to countries and International Funding Institutions (e.g. World Bank and IFAD) on low carbon livestock development, using an on-line GHG calculator called GLEAM-i. She is the co-leader in developing TAPE, the Tool for Agroecology Performance Evaluation.

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Talk: Contribution of global livestock sector to the Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities and challenges.

Prof. Frank O’Mara

Teagase, Ireland.

Prof. Frank O’Mara is the Director at Teagasc, with responsibility for leading the research programme which covers all aspects of agri-food research from soils to consumers.  His current 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.  This is a public private partnership of research organisations and farmer and industry organisations, working together on a sustainable and competitive European livestock production sector. He was appointed Adjunct Professor in UCD in 2017.

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Talk: The need for research to ensure role of livestock in future sustainable food systems.