11 May 2021

Multidisciplinary science to support innovation in agriculture

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SCI’s Agrisciences Committee

Online Webinar 14.00 - 16.30 BST

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This webinar will provide an introduction to the SCI's Agrisciences Group and give an insight into how the SCI's Agrisciences Committee works.

SCI's Agrisciences Group is a unique multidisciplinary network covering the production, protection and utilisation of crops for food and non-food products. We have 250 members including academic and industry leaders, researchers, consultants, PhD students and postdocs, lecturers, and retired members. 

SCI’s Agrisciences Committee has 16 members and works on behalf of the Group to organise conferences, facilitate networking, provide career support, produce articles for SCI journals including Pest Management Science and the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, and organise visits to external organisations. The committee supports people at all stages of their career - whether these are individuals looking for their first role or experienced professionals in the agrisciences sector.

This webinar will be split into two parts:
Part one (14:00-15:00 GMT) will describe the aims of the SCI Agrisciences Group, with five short presentations to demonstrate the breadth of expertise of current committee members on a range of topics including quantitative genetics, food supply chain, animal health, insect behaviour, and pesticide regulation.

Part two (15:00-16:30 GMT) will be an SCI Agrisciences Committee meeting / AGM which you are most welcome to join and see what we do.


This event will be of interest to people looking to find out about the work of the SCI Agrisciences Committee aiming to support innovation in agriculture, and encourage new members to join the SCI Agrisciences Group and/or Committee.

Joe Oddy

Joe Oddy

BSc (Hons)

Joe is a second year PhD student at Rothamsted Research in the BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership program, with partners Mondelēz UK R&D Ltd and the University of Reading. His research is in the area of quantitative genetics and plant metabolism, with the goal of reducing asparagine levels in wheat grain to improve wheat quality.

Martin Collison

Martin Collison


For the last 33 years Martin has combined a career as an academic with farming, importing and consultancy and has, since 2002, run his own specialist economic development consultancy, Collison and Associates Limited. He is a non-executive director of a plant genetics company which markets fruit varieties globally, was a director of an import business for 10 years and partner in a farming and horticultural business for 14 years. He works from the local and regional level to the EU and beyond, now broadly spending a third of his time with industry clients, a third with government and a third with Universities and research centres.

Robin blake

Robin Blake

BSc (Hons), PhD, PMP, CSci, FRSB

Robin is a Principal Consultant for Compliance Services International (CSI) in the UK where he prepares registration dossiers and risk assessments, and provides expert regulatory support for plant protection products and biocides. Prior to that he held various roles within Research and Development at Syngenta. He has a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology from the University of Bath, and a PhD in Agricultural Ecology from the University of Reading. He is the chair of the Agrisciences committee for the Society of Chemical Industry, Associate Editor for Pest Management Science and an editorial board member for Outlooks on Pest Management. He is also a Chartered Scientist (CSci) and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) accreditation.

Sokratis Stergiadis photo

Sokratis Stergiadis

University of Reading

Sokratis’ professional expertise covers several teaching and research roles in animal science. He has been Associate Professor in Animal Science at the University of Reading since 2019. Prior to this, he was a Lecturer in Animal Science (University of Reading), Higher Scientific Officer/Ruminant Nutritionist (Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute), and Research Associate (Newcastle University). He has a BSc in Agriculture with Animal Production, MSc Animal Production (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and PhD on the “Effect of dairy management on milk quality” (Newcastle University). Sokratis has several years of underpinning and applied research experience of actively leading, coordinating or participating in multidisciplinary research consortia, funded by the European Commission, national governments and industry partners.


Tuesday 11 May

Introduction from the SCI Agrisciences Committee Chair
Dr Robin Blake, Compliance Services International (CSI)
Why technology will transform agriculture
Martin Collison, Collison and Associates
Title to be confirmed
Prof Richard Hopkins, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich
Understanding the Genetic Control of Asparagine Accumulation to Improve Wheat Quality
Joe Oddy, Rothamsted Research
Net zero carbon emissions from livestock
Dr Sokratis Stergiadis, University of Reading
Is EU regulation stifling innovation in crop protection?
Dr Robin Blake, Compliance Services International (CSI)
Panel discussion
End of webinar / Start of SCI Agrisciences Committee Meeting & AGM
End of SCI Agrisciences Committee Meeting & AGM (optional)


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