Keynote Speakers

Theme 1: Policy and regulation
Prof. Wilfried Winiwarter

Prof. Wilfried Winiwarter started his academic career at Vienna University of Technology, where he obtained a PhD degree and a postdoctoral qualification for academic teaching  in Environmental Chemistry. Working for the IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases (AIR) program for almost two decades, he has acquired expertise in the biogeochemical cycle of nitrogen, especially on its anthropogenic impacts. That includes describing methods to minimize the release of ammonia or nitrous oxide into the environment, processes that often are connected with agricultural activities. In parallel to IIASA research from 2012-14 he was a Professor for Systems Sciences at the University of Graz, and since October 2017 he is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Zielona Gora, Poland. Having served as a Director of the European Centre of the International Nitrogen Initiative (2013-16), Prof. Winiwarter is the deputy chairman to the Climate and Air Quality Commission of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and also chairs the scientific advisory board to the ATB (Institut fur Agrartechnik und Biookonomie) in Potsdam, Germany, an institute of the Leibniz association. In 2019, he was awarded an International Fellowship of the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (PIFI) to work at the CAS Center for Agricultural Resources Research in Shijiazhuang, China.

Theme 2: Nutrient utilisation
Prof Lin Ma
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Lin Ma, is a professor in the Center for Agricultural Resources Research, Institute of Genetic and Developmental Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and received the Hundred Talented Program in 2014. He initiated a research group, named COFER group (COupling of Food, Environmental impact and Resource use), mainly focuses on designing sustainable agriculture and food systems, and synergies and trade-offs with mitigation options in crop and animal production. The missions of this group are: (1) to generate knowledge for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of agriculture and food systems by analyzing complex “soil-crop production-animal production-food processing-household consumption” chains, (2) to integrate the knowledge to design a sustainable and coupled crop and animal production system, and (3) to develop techniques of manure management from “housing-storage-processing-application” chain.

He has extensive knowledge on the integrated assessment of food-land-water-nutrients-GHGs nexus in food systems linking with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has developed a model (NUFER — Nutrient flows in Food chains, Environment and Resources use), for understanding the relationship between food security, nutrient losses and resource use in the food chain of China. His research includes integrated assessment of nutrient management options in the food chain and livestock production at regional and national level. He developed a food pyramid for the first time, which provides a visual symbol, with food production at the base (relatively large amounts of nutrients) and food consumption by humans at the top (a small fraction of nutrients ends up in food consumption). It is uniquely integrative for assessing nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) flows in the food chain at regional and national level. He also developed an assessment model of nitrogen management in the animal production chain at the national and regional level in China. He has also worked on manure management from whole ‘feeding-housing-storage-treatment-application’ chain at farm and regional level.

Theme 3: Soil quality
Dr Anne Bhogal

Anne is a Principal Soil Scientist in ADAS involved in the research and development of policies on soil and nutrient management. She has a particular interest in the impact of organic amendments to soils being involved in the development of the MANNER-NPK decision support tool and more recently the production of best practice guidelines for the use of digestate and compost in agriculture. She is currently involved in a number of projects looking at how to measure and improve soil health, as well as ways to maximise the benefits of cover crops. She is a FACTS qualified advisor and a Fellow of the British Society of Soil Scientists.

Theme 4: Air and water quality
Dr Karl Richards
Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority

Dr Karl Richards is a Principal Research Officer and head of the Environment Soils and Land-Use department in Teagasc Johnstown Castle. He has been based in Teagasc Johnstown Castle for 18 years.  His research interests include nitrate leaching to groundwater in grazed grassland/tillage systems, nitrous oxide emissions to air, environmental microbiology and mitigation options to improve the sustainability of agricultural systems.  He has published over 100 papers in peer reviewed journals and is currently an associate editor for the journals Nature Scientific Reposts and Soil Use and Management.

Theme 5: Treatment and processing technologies
Dr Oscar Schoumans
Wageningen University & Research

Dr Oscar Schoumans is a senior scientist working at Wageningen University & Research in the field of environmental research related to nutrient management and in the field of circular economy related to nutrient recovery from organic waste streams and reuse in practice. He has a strong international network and has coordinated a large number of national and international programmes and projects. To date, he coordinates the H2020 project SYSTEMIC where industries and SME’s implement and demonstrate innovative systems of nutrient recovery techniques on large scale biogas plants.

Theme 6: Promoting best practice
Caroline Drummond

Caroline has been running LEAF, the farming and environmental charity since it started in 1991. She is especially interested in the development of sustainable food and farming and she has over 38 years experience in this area.

She graduated in Agriculture and has broad practical agricultural experience from across the globe. Her work focuses on encouraging more sustainable farming practices and building a better public trust and understanding of farming, food, health and the environment – values that she is personally extremely passionate about.  She is actively involved in many industry partnerships and initiatives in the UK and Europe.

In 2009 Caroline was awarded the Member of the British Empire (MBE) by the Queen, she has an Honorary Doctorate from Harper Adams University, a Nuffield Scholarship studying ‘What can Farmers Learn from Science to improve the Nutrition of our Food’ and was awarded Honorary Fellowship for the Society of the Environment. In 2017 she was awarded the IAgrE Award For Outstanding Contribution to the Landbased Sector and the Farmers Guardian Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture.  In 2018 she was awarded the RASE National Agriculture Award and an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Agricultural University. In 2019 she was recognised as a WEF Women of the Decade for her contribution to sustainable agriculture. Caroline has also recently been awarded the Farmers Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroline is actively involved with the British Nutrition Foundation, North Wyke, the Agri-tech initiative – is a director of the Agri-tech centre on Crop Health And Protection, the Institute of Agriculture Management, and on the advisory board of the agricultural project for the Science Museum.

Caroline is married to a dairy farmer and they have a daughter.