2015 Speakers

Confirmed speakers for the 2015 Congress include;

generic-person Dr. José Luis Alonso Prados
Director Técnico, INIA (Spain)
Dr. José Luis Alonso Prados has a PhD in Agronomy and has worked at the National Agronomic Research Institute (INIA) since 1997. In 2001, José became a researcher at INIA.Since 2011, José is the Technical Director for the assessment of Plant Protection Products and Plant Varieties at INIA and responsible for the Plant Protection Products Unit at INIA, which is formed by a multidisciplinary group for the assessment of active substances, plant protection products and MRLs. José is the Spanish representative in the Southern Member State Steering Committee; Post Approval Working Group and EFSA Pesticide Steering Network. Since 1997, the group coordinated by José Luis Alonso-Prados has been involved in 33 draft assessment reports of active substances, more than 50 registration reports of plant protection products and more than 100 comments to other DRR. José has directed two PhD theses, participated in 7 research projects and is the author of 45 articles in research and divulgation journals.
dave-bench-2015 Dave Bench
Director of Chemicals Regulation, UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), Health and Safety Executive
Dave has spent most of his career managing the work of specialist staff and leading the management of science and research as part of strategic policy roles. A six month secondment in the voluntary sector and a spell leading a corporate support division provided some additional variety. After graduating from York University (applied & environmental biology) he spent the first 10 years of his career in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food – in scientific roles dealing with risk assessment of chemicals. Throughout the rest of his career he has been responsible for policy development and the management of science. This has encompassed a number of areas including genetic modification in agriculture, animal health, marine, chemicals, and health and safety.In his current role in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Dave is Director of the Chemicals Regulation Directorate and leads the operation of the UK regulatory authority for pesticides, detergents, biocides and other chemicals. He also contributes to the broader work of HSE as a member of the HSE Management Board.
tim-benton-sm Professor Tim Benton
UK Champion for Global Food Security & Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds
Professor Tim Benton is the “Champion” for the UK’s Global Food Security programme, leading, facilitating and coordinating its activities.  The Global Food Security programme is a partnership of the UK’s main public funders of research in food security, including the research councils and government departments (such as the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development, the Department of Health, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Food Standards’ Agency and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales).  The role of the Global Food Security programme is to ensure that strategically important research in this area is undertaken, and to add value to research via interdisciplinary collaboration, alignment and engagement of different communities of stakeholders. Tim is also a vocal advocate for the need to manage the increasing demand for food in a way that is sustainable. Following undergraduate studies in Oxford and post graduate studies in Cambridge, Tim worked in the University of East Anglia, the Universities of Stirling and Aberdeen before moving to Leeds in 2005. At Leeds, he has been head of his department and Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, and the Chair of Africa College, a University partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Africa. He has published over 150 papers, most tackling the core themes of agriculture’s environmental impact and more generally how ecological systems respond to environmental change.
alex-charlton-2015 Dr. Alex Charlton
Principal Technical Expert, Syngenta Ltd
Alex Charlton has a PhD in toxicology and environmental science from the University of Leeds.  He has been employed as a toxicologist in Syngenta’s Toxicology and Health Science department for 2 years and prior to this he worked as a toxicologist at the Institute of Environment and Health at Cranfield University.Alex has interests in mechanistic, genetic and respiratory toxicity as well as endocrine disruption.  He is involved in a number of Syngenta’s initiatives to use computational and in vitro models to reduce animal usage in toxicity testing.
female-generic Adi Cornelese
Environmental Risk Assessor, Ctgb (The Netherlands)
Adi Cornelese has been working as environmental risk assessor at the Ctgb (Board for registration of plant protection products and biocides) in the Netherlands since 2002. Starting as a specialist in the area of fate and behavior of chemical pesticides then moving to the risk assessment of microbial plant protection products within the program of the European list four substances evaluation. From then biopesticides gradually evolved to gain more importance on the market which in turn required development of the regulatory processes in Europe. She engaged herself to increase the process of environmental risk assessment of biopesticides through the OECD Biopesticides steering group and various working groups of the European commission. The major part of her daily work is on substance dossiers of biopesticides for the European review.
lucy-croucher Lucy Croucher
Regulatory Affairs & Managing Director, JSC International Limited
Lucy Croucher has been working in the European agrochemical regulatory affairs since 1994. She has managed large scale projects for the preparation, submission and support of EU dossiers for existing active substances, resubmissions and new active substances under Directive 91/414/EEC. Lucy has excellent contacts in a large number of the 28 EU Member States and a good understanding of the specific Member State requirements for National product authorisations. Lucy is currently assisting clients with all aspects of their Renewal of Approvals from the preparation of Applications to lobbying the Commission following the EFSA Peer Review.   She is also advising on the implications of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2009, in particular hot topics such as the interim endocrine disrupter criteria and candidates for substitution list.
 hugh-dawick-2015 Hugh Dawick
Project Manager, UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), Health and Safety Executive
Hugh Dawick has worked for HSE’s Chemicals Regulation Directorate (formerly Pesticides Safety Directorate) for the last 18 years; 11 as project manager and subsequent team leader within the pesticide products and active substance co-ordination branch. During this time he was responsible for resource management and business planning of the branch’s work, the 2011 PPP fees review and implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and achieving the Directorate’s high level targets.Hugh has also worked 7 years within the human exposure branch and is a team leader based in York. Revisiting his resource management and planning role, he currently leads a CRD funding review project. The project’s aim is to establish a sustainable funding regime over the next 5 years which will deliver the requirements of the regulatory regime’s for which CRD is responsible and support business growth and the provision of services of value to stakeholders. These issues will form the basis of the workshop event at Brighton.
 david-esdaile-2015 Dr. David Esdaile
Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs, CiToxLAB
David Esdaile studied Physiology and Biochemistry at Nottingham University, and Post-Graduate Toxicology at Surrey University. He started his career at Shell Research in the UK as a toxicologist in Agrochemicals, where he became head of toxicology. David moved to the South of France with Rhone-Poulenc, which became Aventis, then Bayer CropScience, working in a range of Agrochemical toxicology and ecotoxicology areas. Approximately 10 years ago he moved to a CRO in Hungary where he is currently ‘Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs’ for CiToxLAB Hungary, offering consultancy and toxicology testing services for a wide range of clients. Throughout his career of around 35 years in toxicology, he has participated in development of regulatory toxicology and is an author of a number of OECD guidelines.


laura-fabrizi-2015 Laura Fabrizi
Policy Officer, DG Sante
Laura Fabrizi graduated in Chemistry at the University of Rome, with an experimental thesis in Toxicology on the metabolic activation of an organophosphorus pesticide. From 1993 to 2001, she worked in research in Toxicology, more specifically on toxicokinetics of xenobiotics, individual susceptibility to toxicants and species-specific carcinogenesis mechanisms of carcinogenesis. She obtained a PhD equivalent Diploma from the Italian Association of Cancer (AIRC) for a research on the mechanism of carcinogenicity of chloroform. From 2001 to 2009, she worked in research and control activities in food chemistry, where she developed and validated analytical methods for quantification of veterinary drugs and food contaminants. She worked at the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità), mentored by Emanuela Testai, and at the Imperial College of London, mentored by Prof. Alain Boobis. She is author of several international publications in the field of toxicology and food chemistry. From 2009, she has been a policy officer at the European Commission, DG Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE), working as a risk manager for approvals of plant protection products. In DG SANTE, she has been following the file of endocrine disruptors since 2010.
 euros-jones-2015 Euros Jones
Director Regulatory Affairs, European Crop Protection Association (ECPA)
Euros Jones has worked for the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) since May 2001, and has held the post of Director, Regulatory Affairs since January 2006. Euros is Welsh and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has worked in Brussels since 1994, having previously worked as Deputy Director of the Brussels office of the UK National Farmers’ Unions, and as Secretary General of the European Council of Young farmers (CEJA). In his current post, Euros’ responsibilities include supporting ECPA’s advocacy on regulatory issues, with a particular focus on the implementation of the implementation of the new Regulation on the Placing of Plant Protection Products on the Market Regulation 1107/2009.
 per-kudsk-2015 Professor Per Kudsk
Dept. of Agroecology,
University of Aarhus, Denmark
Per Kudsk is Professor and Head of the Crop Health Section at the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Denmark. He has been involved in research on various aspects of weed management. In recent years he has become increasingly involved in research activities focusing on Integrated Pest Management. He has been involved in several national and international research projects in the EU, Africa and Bolivia. He has supervised 7 PhD students. In 2012 he chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Weed Science Congress in China. He represents Denmark on the European Plant Protection Council (EPPO) Working Party on Plant Protection Products and is the official Danish member of the OECD Expert Group on IPM. He served as President of the European Weed Research Society from 2008 to 2009. He is member of the editorial boards of the international journals Weed Research and Pest Management Science. He was member of the Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council (1999-2005) and Danish Strategic Research Council (2011 to 2014). He has authored or co-authored 60 papers published in peer-reviewed articles and as book chapters and is co-editor of one book. He has been invited speaker at 19 international conferences and published in total 82 conference presentations and has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in Danish. In 2013 he was appointed Honorary Member of the Weed Science Society of America.
 paul-leonard-01 Paul Leonard BSc, MSc, MBA
Head of Innovation & Technology Policy, EU Government Relations, BASF
Paul Leonard joined Dow in 1984 as an entomologist where his research contributed to discovery and product development activities, under laboratory, greenhouse and field conditions. In 1994 he moved to American Cyanamid as a Technical Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa and in 1999 was appointed Director of Regulatory Affairs for the region. Following American Cyanamid´s acquisition by BASF in 2000, he set up an Alliance Management function to outsource regulatory dossiers to contract research and consultancy companies around the world.  In 2008 he moved to BASF´s corporate Government Relations organisation, based in Brussels. During the same year he was elected to the board of directors of Rothamsted Research, the longest established agricultural research institute in the world. The following year he was elected to the Board of the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels and established the chamber´s Food Security Safety and Sustainability Task Force. Since 2011 he has been responsible for BASF’s corporate innovation and technology policy. In 2013 he was elected to the European Risk Forum´s board of directors, a Brussels based think tank specialising in risk perception and regulation. Paul Leonard has a BSc in zoology from the University of Bristol, an MSc in applied entomology from Imperial College and an MBA from the Open University Business School.
 claudio-mereu-2015 Claudio Mereu
Partner, fieldfisher
Claudio Mereu is a partner at the law firm fieldfisher where he focuses on EU law with an emphasis on pesticides, biocides and chemicals. Claudio advises companies on product registration and regulatory compliance issues at both EU and national levels, Task Force and consortia formation, product defense strategies, data sharing, compensation and related arbitration proceedings across the EU, as well as related antitrust issues. He has also extensive experience in litigation before European and national courts regarding product approvals and counsels companies business law matters regarding their commercial agreements. He is a regular speaker on these topics at major conferences and is recommended as a leading practitioner by “Global Counsel – Life Science”, “Chambers Europe”, “Legal 500” and “Who’s Who Legal”.
 steve-norman-2015 Steve Norman
Ecotoxicologist / Managing Director, RidgewayEco
Steve Norman is an ecotoxicologist based in the UK, currently working as a consultant to the crop protection industry. His career began at UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (now known as ‘CRD’) in 1990. His initial role was review coordinator, but most of the subsequent decade was dedicated to ecotoxicology (his MSc specialism) including drafting EU guidance and the ‘LERAP’ scheme. In 2001, he switched his ecotoxicology-attention to industry by moving to Makhteshim Agan, based in Brussels. For eight years he was responsible for risk assessment and study-generation across a diverse pesticide portfolio. This theme continued in 2009 with a move to the R&D-based Dow AgroSciences in UK, where he designed and managed higher-tier ecotoxicology studies – particularly for chlorpyrifos. For the latter, he also drove the ‘Say No to Drift’ campaign – which triggered a sharp increase in uptake of low-drift nozzles by UK orchard growers. Now a consultant (from Oct ’13), his activities include supervision of a comprehensive bird & mammal field program for chlorpyrifos – which is the subject of his presentation at this conference. He currently provides ecotoxicology-support to several clients on a diversity of active substances – from his company (‘RidgewayEco’) base in Oxfordshire, UK.
 jim-orson-2015 Jim Orson
Consultant, National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)
A farmer’s son from Leicestershire with an honours degree in agriculture from the University of Reading, Jim Orson worked for the state advisory service (ADAS) for nearly 30 years, starting as a local adviser and later becoming Head of Cereals Development. Jim was appointed director of Morley Research Centre in 1998 and later the Technical and Research Manager for The Arable Group (TAG), before working part-time for NIAB TAG as a Special Adviser. Jim is a former member of the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Pesticides and also the UK Government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment. He is an experienced research agronomist who developed an expertise on the impact of technology on farming systems and the environment.Jim has co-ordinated and analysed research projects on weed control, arable crop production systems and biodiversity. He is an experienced communicator with both farmers and advisers.
vivian-powell-2015 Vivian Powell
Crop Protection Manager, AHDB Horticulture, UK
Vivian has been closely involved with the UK Minor Use programme since it commenced in 1993.  Originally working at HRI Stockbridge House, she was responsible for co-ordinating the HDC residue trials programme and applications to the UK Pesticides Safety Directorate (now the Chemicals Regulations Directorate or CRD). In 2001, Vivian joined the Horticultural Development Company (HDC), now referred to as AHDB Horticulture, as Senior Crop Protection Liaison Manager with responsibility for minor use registrations and Crop Protection Issues on horticultural crops. This work has involved working closely with growers, consultants, manufacturers & CRD in the UK. Vivian is a member of the European Commodity Expert Groups who are working to improve collaboration and exchange of information between minor use groups in European Member States. She is also a member of the Global Minor Use Steering Committee. The Global Minor Use project was established by members of IR4 in US working closely with Canada and other countries interested in harmonisation of authorisations for speciality crops.  The third Global Minor Use Summit will be held in September 2015 in Chicago.
 benoit-real-2015 Dr. Benoît Réal
Senior Scientist,
Arvalis Institute, France
Benoit Réal is a senior scientist responsible within ARVALIS-Institut du Végétal for all aspects related to diffuse agricultural pollution by pesticides. As such, he is in charge of overseeing a range of field experiments across France which are aimed at elucidating pathways for pesticide transfer across the agricultural landscape. Benoît has been a major contributor to the establishment of the CORPEN diagnosis methodology which is widely used in France to characterise and mitigate the risk of pesticide transfers to groundwater and surface waters. He was the initiator of the development of a range of GIS-based expert systems integrating decision rules based on the CORPEN approach, which are used to characterise contamination pathways at the catchment scale (more than 1 000 000 million ha diagnosed in France). Benoît is a senior member in a range of working groups in France dealing with characterising and reducing the risk of contamination of water resources by pesticides. He has taken part in the European project TOPPS-Prowadis and has trained his partners in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Italy and Spain in the Aquaplaine and Aquavallée diagnosis methods.
 rebecca-reboul-2015 Dr. Rebecca Reboul
Expert for Regulatory Affairs, AGES (Austria)
Rebecca Reboul studied Agronomics at the “École Nationale Supérieure d’Agronomie et des Industries Alimentaires” in Nancy (France). She holds a PhD in the field of Plant Physiology/ Molecular biology from the Faculty of Natural Sciences in Salzburg (Austria). She joined the Austrian agency (October 2010) and works in the Department for Plant Protection Products. She is responsible for the administration and coordination of the approval procedure of plant protection products, is a contact point for the applicants, authorisation holders and national/international authorities. She is also involved in the European Database and the minor uses working groups.
 jodie-rettino-2015 Dr. Jodie Rettino
Principal Catchment Scientist, Severn Trent Water, UK
Jodie Rettino has been the Principal Catchment Scientist at Severn Trent Water (STW) for five years. Her technical expertise lies in the effects of land use management on water quality and hydrology and how catchment management can reduce pollution challenges to the water industry. Since joining STW, Jodie has been involved in the management and technical delivery of the Company’s catchment management programme. Within the Company Jodie provides technical input and expert advice into Drinking Water Safety Plans, water quality investigations, catchment management investigations (as part of the National Environment Programme), DWI Metaldehyde Undertaking work and liaison with key stakeholders. STW is keen to show innovation and leadership in catchment management and is exploring new ways of achieving drinking water quality and environmental requirements, as well as building on successful partnerships with the agricultural industry and other stakeholders. Jodie also chairs the Water-UK Catchment Network and has a PhD in Catchment Science from Cranfield University.
martin-richards-2015 Dr. Martin Richards
Principle Consultant, Linmark Consulting GmbH
Martin Richards formed Linmark Consulting in 2007, providing services to the life sciences and chemical industries in chemical advocacy, regulatory affairs, issues management, communications and consortium management. After completing his PhD in Applied Biology at Imperial College, London University, he worked in agricultural biotechnology companies in the USA (MicroGenesys Inc) and UK (MicroBio Ltd), developing microbial pesticides, soil inoculants, plant disease antagonists, and insect parasitic nematodes (Nemasys). Martin was then Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at Allied Colloids, UK, focusing on water-soluble flocculants and coagulants as well as chemical pesticides. After acquisition, he moved to Ciba Specialty Chemicals in Basel as Global Head of Product Stewardship and then Global Head of Regulatory Services. After forming Linmark Consulting, Martin set up and managed six Reach Consortia as a sub-contractor to CEFIC’s ReachCentrum, successfully registering over 50 substances to meet the 2010 deadline. Work continues with consortia and individual companies towards the 2018 Reach deadline.
natalie-ruddle-2015 Natalie Ruddle
Study Manager in Terrestrial Ecotoxicology, Syngenta
Following a Biology BSC at Oxford Brookes University, Natalie joined Syngenta in 1998 initially working as a study director for regulatory terrestrial lab and field studies. She has been involved in conducting earthworm and honeybee field studies here in the UK and elsewhere in Europe. Natalie is now a study manager for chronic honey bee lab studies, higher tier bee field studies and more recently has been working with bumble bees and solitary bees. Here at the BCPC she will present some of the higher tier bee field work that Syngenta have conducted on Thiamethoxam, in response to the neonicotinoid moratorium on winter oilseed rape in the EU.
 colin-ruscoe-2015 Dr. Colin Ruscoe, MA
Chairman, BCPC
Chairman, BCPC (British Crop Production Council); Communications Director, SynTech Research Inc.; IVCC (Innovative Vector Control Consortium) Scientific Committee; Business Development Consultant to bioscience, media and charitable organisations. Previously manager of Research Stations, Business Planning, Global Product Development, European Product Development, Bioscience Research, and Insecticide Discovery, in Syngenta/Zeneca/ICI Agrochemicals.
sarah-shore-2015 Sarah Shore
Head of Plant Protection Products, UK Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD), Health and Safety Executive
Sarah Shore is the Head of Plant Protection Products for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) having joined the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) of HSE in 2011. She leads HSE’s pesticide delivery work and overseas input to a range of European fora where the UK seek to influence the development of the pesticide regulatory regime.Sarah has a background in regulatory affairs and providing evidence and expert advice relating to regulation. She moved to CRD from Major Hazards in HSE, where she led a major project to review HSE’s delivery of major hazards regulation in the UK.  A key part of this project was to provide consistency of implementation across EU Member States and to work with industry stakeholders to ensure the regime was proportionate and transparent. Prior to this, she was in HSE’s inspectorate, as the Head of the Major Hazards Regulatory Team for chemical sites in West Yorkshire and the Humber. This role brought her into direct contact with the chemical industry and regulation of the chemical sector. Her career spans scientific, regulatory and policy work across a range of sectors and organisations including health, engineering and construction.
laura-suddaby-2015 Dr. Laura Suddaby
Regulatory Scientist, TSGE Consulting
Laura is an environmental specialist responsible for reviewing scientific data, preparing regulatory summaries, waivers and fate and exposure modelling. Laura joined TSGE from Syngenta UK Ltd where she worked as a collaborating scientist in a research team investigating how soil processes influence the availability of organic contaminants. Prior to working at Syngenta, Laura did a PhD, at FERA, investigating the irreversible sorption of pesticides to soil. This research focused on sorption processes, in particular irreversible binding, and involved experimental lab work and mathematical modelling to generate and evaluate results. Laura has a degree in Environmental Science.
 kristen-sukalac-2015 Kristen Sukalac
Consulting Partner, Prospero & Partners, on behalf of the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC)
Kristen Sukalac oversees regulatory affairs and communications for the European Biostimulants Industry Council (EBIC), which is supported by Prospero & Partners, the management consultancy where she has been a Consulting Partner since 2008. Prospero helps food and agriculture organizations to create value sustainably. Previously, she spent eight years at the International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA) and two years at what is now called CropLife International. In both roles, she was heavily involved in the industrys’ international relations and has been an active delegate to numerous high-level international policy meetings. She started her career as a European affairs researcher in Brussels.She is currently pursuing an Executive Doctorate of Business Administration (EDBA) from the Université Paris – Dauphine, where her research focuses on the sense-making process around emerging agricultural technologies. She holds a Master’s Degree in European affairs from the College of Europe (Bruges) and is one of only 1200 people globally to have earned the Accredited Business Communicator credential from the International Association of Business Communicators.
 seamus-taylor-2015 Seamus Taylor
Ecotoxicologist, Cambridge Environmental Assessments (CEA), ADAS
Seamus is an aquatic ecotoxicologist specialising in the assessment of chemical risks to aquatic organisms and has worked in the chemical sector since 1998. He has many years’ experience in the design and conduct of mesocosm and microcosm studies and has a depth of expertise in conducting regulatory studies for commercial clients. In addition, Seamus is responsible for providing expert advice to the chemicals industry for the higher-tier refinement of ecotoxicological risk assessments and also has expertise in the evaluation and interpretation of aquatic ecotoxicology data (including higher-tier non-standard data) and data gap analysis.
camilla-thorin-2015 Camilla Thorin
Regulatory Coordinator, Swedish Chemicals Agency
Camilla Thorin has a Master Degree in Agriculture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has been working at the Swedish Chemicals agency since 2006, first with efficacy evaluations of plant protection products and later with coordination and Nordic-Baltic co-operation regarding evaluation of plant protection products.
 gabor-tokes-2015 Dr. Gábor Tőkés
Deputy Director, Directorate for Plant Protection, Soil Conservation and Agri Environment, National Food Chain Safety Office (Hungary)
Since November 2010, Gábor has been the Head of Authorization: Dept. for PPPs and Yield Enhancers, and Deputy Director of the Institute. He currently organises the activities of three departments: Authorization, Evaluation and Plant Protection. Previous to his current role, Gábor graduated as Biological Engineer from the Budapest Technical University. He gained his University doctor title at the Agricultural University of Gödöllő, in the topic of Growth regulators in cereal production. Gábor organized the system for efficacy trials of plant growth regulators in the Hungarian plant protection network. He edited the Hungarian guidance for growth regulators and fertilizers, and for 20 years he coordinated the Hungarian efficacy trials of such products. He took part in the creation of the new ELISA laboratory, carrying out immunological tests for viruses, fungi, toxins and pesticides. In 2004, Gábor became member of EU Minor use working group. Since the first proposals he actively took part in the discussions about the new authorization regulation (1107/2009 EC). Since 2006 he has been dealing with authorization matters and has been responsible for re-registration of PPPs and registration of not PPPs (other products). In 2010, Gábor was nominated as head of authorization area.
matina-tsalavouta-2015 Dr. Matina Tsalavouta
Head of Communications & Public Engagement, Rothamsted Research
As an EU Marie Curie Fellow, Matina recently completed her four-year post-doctoral research in developmental genetics at University College London (2009-2013). Matina carried out PhD studies in gene regulation and expression (University College Dublin, 2005-2008) and holds an MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection (Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, 2002, European Social Fund Scholarship). For three years (2002-2005) she gained extensive experience with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Greece, developing genetic tools for breeding programmes of economically important marine-farmed fish species. Currently, she is working with over 350 scientists and a broad group of external stakeholders, specialising in science communication at Rothamsted Research, the world’s longest running agricultural research station. Since May 2013 at Rothamsted, Matina has undertaken a leading role in developing and delivering strategic communications for the institute with extensive media coverage (press, TV, online) and engagement of stakeholders and the public. Some examples of Matina’s work include Rothamsted’s recent field trial with GM Camelina sativa plants that make omega-3 fish oils in the seeds  http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/camelina and the dissemination of the results of Rothamsted’s GM Wheat trial organisation.Matina has been the project manager for a formal public and stakeholder dialogue project on the guiding principles that Rothamsted, a primarily publically-funded research organisation, should follow when engaging with Industry. The project was co-funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Sciencewise Expert Resource Centre, Department of Business Innovation and Skills, UK Government http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/public-dialogue.
joanna-tzoulaki-2015 Dr. Joanna Tzoulaki
Senior Lecturer (Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Imperial College, London
Joanna Tzoulaki is a Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, at Imperial College London, UK. She also holds an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Ioannina, Greece. Joanna completed a PhD on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology (2006) and a MSc (Distinction) in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis (2002), both at the University of Edinburgh, UK. Her research interests include prognostic risk factors and prognostic risk models for chronic diseases, the study of exposome using novel approaches as well as meta-epidemiology, empirical research methods and evidence-based medicine.
 rebecca-wells-2015 Rebecca Wells
Operations Director, The Voluntary Initiative
Rebecca has held the position of Operations Director at The Voluntary Initiative since April of this year. She is responsible for the overall delivery of this industry led partnership which promotes best practice pesticide use in order to protect water quality and the wider environment and ensure the availability of professional pesticide products in agriculture. Prior to this she worked for the National Farmers Union, lobbying the European Institutions in Brussels.  She holds an MSc in Sustainable-Development – Environmental Change from the University of Exeter.
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