Prof Louise Heathwaite chairs Science Advisory Council

Food Systems Policy Hub Advisory Board member and N8 AgriFood Chair are among latest appointments to Defra’s Science Advisory Council.

Lancaster University’s Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Heathwaite has been appointed by ministers to Chair the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) Science Advisory Council.

Professor Heathwaite, who sits on the N8 AgriFood Food Systems Policy Hub Advisory Board, will lead the Science Advisory Council for a period of three years, overseeing its work to provide expert independent advice on science policy and strategy to Defra.

This month also saw ministers appoint four new Council members, including Professor Lisa Collins, pictured below, who is an N8 AgriFood Chair at the University of Leeds. Professor Collins is Head of the School of Biology, Academic Director of the National Pig Centre, and Director of the Smart Agri-Systems research initiative at the University of Leeds

Professor Heathwaite and Professor Collins join fellow Science Advisory Council members Professor Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology at the University of Manchester; Professor Peter Cox, Professor of Climate System Dynamics, University of Exeter; Professor Lin Field, Head of Department of Biointeractions and Crop Protection, Rothamsted Research; Professor Rosie Hails, Director of Nature & Science, The National Trust; Professor Nicholas Hanley, Professor of Environmental and One Health Economics, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow; Professor Rowland Kao – Sir Timothy O’Shea Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology and Data Science, University of Edinburgh; Professor Dame Henrietta Moore – Founder and Director of the Institute for Global Prosperity, University College London (UCL); Professor Susan Owens, Emeritus Professor of Environment and Policy and Fellow Emerita of Newnham College, University of Cambridge; Professor James Wood – Head of Department of Veterinary Medicine and Alborada Professor of Equine and Farm Animal Science, Cambridge University.

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