'NextGen' Scientists Needed to Build on Historic Successes of Agriculture Research
Free Public Lecture
The Craig Auditorium
The Gateway Building (Next to University of Melbourne Sports Centre)
Trinity College, Tin Alley
T: 8344 2071
More than 30 per cent of the world was hungry in the 1960s; today it's around 15 per cent. Population has doubled in that time. The huge success of feeding an extra 3 billion people ranks as one of humanity's greatest feats.
Agricultural science underpinned this success via a wealth of innovative research for development conducted in diverse environments and cultures around the world. Australia has been a consistent contributor to this major effort, including via international agricultural research centres – particularly those that form the CGIAR, a global research-for-development partnership working for a food-secure future. Australians have been highly represented in these elite research centers since their beginnings in the 1960s. Now, 50 years on, a new generation of agricultural scientists and thought leaders is needed to carry on this scientific and humanitarian work in the face of such complex and 'wickedly' inter-related problems as world poverty and hunger, global warming and mass migration.
In this lecture, Professor Falvey will recount some of the world's agricultural successes and, using personal examples, will show why engagement of the 'NextGen' is so critical for finding lasting solutions to these global challenges.
This lecture is held as part of World Food Day and is presented by the Crawford Fund and the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences. It is part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences' 2019 Dean's Lecture Series.
Professor Lindsay Falvey, Board Chair
Professor Lindsay Falvey
International Livestock Research Institute (based in Nairobi, Kenya)
Professor (John) Lindsay Falvey FTSE, FAIAS Lindsay has 3 doctorates: a Higher Doctorate; a Ph.D and an Honorary Doctorate and is a Distinguished alumnus of La Trobe University where he completed his masters and bachelor degrees. Among his various honours are: • Life Member & Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge • Centenary Medal of the Government of Australia • Kitimisuk (honoured member) of the Agricultural Science Society of Thailand under the Patronage of His Majesty the King • Fellow, Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering & Australian Institute of Agricultural Science • Councillor, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria His professional life has included: • Board Chair, International Livestock Research Institute • Board member, Hassad Australia, a large Qatari agricultural development • Panel Chair for Quality Assurance for Higher Education • Chair for a Global research review of livestock • Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry & Horticulture, University of Melbourne • Managing Director for the listed consulting company, CoffeyMPW • Dozens of international assignments • Writing: some 10 books and more than 150 papers In promoting excellence in agricultural and international fields, he has: • Initiated Australia’s leading ‘ICM AgriFood Award’ • Created the ‘World Prize for Integrated Development’ Across more than 40 years of experience in agricultural science, beginning in the Australian tropics in 1972 and thereafter in various Asian nations, his research work developed into R&D policies for Asian and other nations and has included such high security missions to preserving research infrastructure and personnel in conflict situations such as post1989 Russia for the World Bank, and in the middle of the war in Iraq for Australian aid and Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) Slowing down a little these days, he continues as Chair of the International Livestock Research Institute, as Emeritus Professor of the University of Melbourne, holds two adjunct appointments in Thai universities, and is currently writing on the role of agricultural science in philosophy. Perhaps the best summary of his contributions was that noted in the award of his higher doctorate that his: “research combining technical, social, environmental, policy and historical research in the developing world, challenged the simple importing of agricultural technology … demonstrated that indigenous knowledge and culture is critical to sustainability, food security and human development, thereby potentially benefitting millions of persons participating in international development projects.”