Lindsay Falvey named Crawford Fund Medal recipient for international contributions to agriculture

Agricultural research and development organisation the Crawford Fund has selected Professor Lindsay Falvey as the awardee for the prestigious 2019 Crawford Fund Medal for his practical and passionate commitment to the international contributions agricultural science makes to food security.

Professor Falvey is Emeritus Professor at the University of Melbourne and was Dean and CEO of the Institute of Land and Food Resources from 1997-99. The Institute’s agricultural and food sciences department is now part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (AG Institute), a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and Chair of the International Livestock Research Institute.

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Professor Lindsay Falvey FTSE, FAIAS.

Professor Falvey will receive the medal during a special World Food Day event on Wednesday 16 October, where he will deliver a Dean’s Lecture for the Faculty, “‘NextGen’ scientists needed to build on historic successes of agriculture research.” The event is co-hosted by the Crawford Fund and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

The free event will be held at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus, on Wednesday 16 October from 6pm, followed by a reception. You can register and find more details here.

In his address, Professor Falvey will recount some of the world’s agricultural successes and, using personal examples, will show why engagement of the ‘nextgen’ and the University is so critical for finding lasting solutions to global challenges. A question and answer session will follow the address.

Professor Falvey holds three doctorates, two adjunct appointments in Thai universities, and is currently writing on the role of agricultural science in philosophy.

Across more than 40 years of experience in agricultural  science, beginning in the Australian tropics in 1972 and thereafter in various Asian nations, Professor Falvey’s 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 post-1989 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).

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