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Global food and nutrition security: the role of innovation


Monday, April 15, 2019 - 18:00


Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2


Full price €10 Concession (student, retired, unemployed) €6 Members email

This Academy Discourse by Professor Wayne Powell (SRUC), is part of a discourse series sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran.

About the speaker

Wayne Powell is Principal and Chief Executive of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). 

He has shown a life long commitment to the application of cutting edge science to deliver practical benefits for agriculture and the rural economies of the developed and developing world. His early work was in theoretical quantitative genetics and laid a practical foundation for the deployment of new technologies in plant breeding. More recently, his research interests are at the interface of genome science, plant breeding and conservation of genetic resources, with a strong focus on ‘public good’ outcomes. 

Professor Powell’s leadership experience spans the Public, Private and University sectors, with a strong International focus. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. 

Professional Degrees

Wayne graduated in Agricultural Botany from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1974) and went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1975) and then a MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding (with Distinction, 1980) there. He then gained a PhD in Quantitative Genetics (1985) and a DSc in Plant Genetic Manipulation (1993) from University of Birmingham. His external roles include membership of the Science Advisory Council of DEFRA and Convenor of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee of Universities Scotland. 

He has published over 290 refereed papers and has an H index of 82 (

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