Dr Charlie Bavington
Charlie is a biochemist who has worked for 20 years in natural products research, specialising in marine natural products, with a focus on glycobiology and carbohydrate chemistry. In 2005 Charlie set up GlycoMar, a marine natural products business specialising in the discovery and development of novel functional glycans, with a focus on inflammation. The company has subsequently developed as a platform for generating novel polysaccharide products with a wide range of market applications. Charlie has a particular interest in studying structural functional relationships in polysaccharide products. His technology interests lie in developing novel production organism and systems for the manufacture of valuable polysaccharide products. He has a broader interest in promoting the commercial potential of marine natural products through innovative business models and disciplined entrepreneurship.
Prof Colin Campbell
Colin is Chief Executive of the James Hutton Institute. He has 28 years of research experience in soil microbiology and soil science applied to agri-environment issues, especially fundamental and applied studies on the effects of pollutants on soil microorganisms and soil health, and in understanding how microbial diversity contributes to ecosystem functioning. He is a Guest professor in the Soil and Environment Department, Swedish Agricultural Sciences University (SLU), and has worked in Australia and China looking at semi-tropical and temperate ecosystems there.
Colin has broad interest in sustainable development and has developed the vision and mission of the institute around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As member of the high-level Steering Group of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, and is a lead on the Forum’s “Impact through Knowledge & Innovation” Strategic Aim. He served on the RSE Commission of Inquiry, Facing up to Climate Change, and was a contributing author to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and acts as an expert advisor and participant in several EU and UK Government workshops addressing issues of the sustainable use of soils.
Prof Ian Graham
Ian Graham is Head of Department and Weston Chair of Biochemical Genetics, University of York, and one of the leaders of the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products (CNAP). He is interested in how plants make and breakdown various metabolites, how these processes are controlled and how they impact on plant growth. His work has included developing an understanding of the synthesis of bioactive compounds in two of the world’s major medicinal crops which led to new understanding of how genome rearrangement has shaped the evolution of plant metabolism.
Prof John Pickett
John is the first recipient of the Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellowship at Rothamsted Research, where he continues to contribute to the chemical ecology programme in the UK and abroad. He has more than 530 publications and patents. John’s contributions to the field of chemical ecology have been acknowledged with the 1995 Rank Prize for Nutrition and Crop Husbandry, election to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1996, membership of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina in 2001, International Society of Chemical Ecology Medal in 2002, appointment to CBE for services to Biological Chemistry in 2004, and the Wolf Foundation Prize in Agriculture in 2008, among many other honours. He was awarded the International Congress of Entomology Certificate of Distinction, presented at the XXIV International Congress of Entomology in Daegu, Korea. In April 2014, he was elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences and, in June 2014, he became President of the Royal Entomological Society.
Dr Divaldo Rezende
Divaldo studied at the Universidade Federal de Lavras, Imperial College London, and was awarded his PhD in biology by the Universidade de Aveiro, where he is still a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. A leading authority on sustainable development, he is also part of the team at Sustainable Carbon, a leader in Latin America, in the development of emission reduction projects, linking entrepreneurs, companies, NGOs and governments, from all over the world. Sustainable Carbon takes an approach that does not simply focus on emission reductions – but is equally concerned with bringing substantial social, environmental and economic benefits to the communities where it operates, with metagenomics being an important dimension of its research effort.
Prof Tom Simpson
Tom is the senior member of the Bristol Polyketides Group comprising members of academic staff from the Schools of Chemistry and Biological Science. They have developed an international reputation for their work on all aspects of the chemistry and biosynthesis of polyketide metabolites, and he is also a supervisor in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Synthesis.
Prof Shane Ward
Shane is Professor of Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin, and leader of Agrocycle, an €8 million Horizon 2020 research and innovation project addressing the recycling and valorisation of waste from the agri-food sector. The project takes a holistic approach to understanding and addressing how to make best use of the full range of waste streams associated with the agri-food industry, and will deliver the AgroCycle Protocol, a blueprint for achieving sustainable agri-food waste valorisation.