Dr Glyn Francis (AgResearch)
Glyn is an Assistant Research Director at AgResearch in New Zealand and has a soil and water science background. He currently leads the Research Office at AgResearch, which annually allocates about NZ$40m of internal research funding and co-ordinates the development of strategically significant external funding applications. Glyn also has a number of governance roles in various research organizations in Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Garry Fullelove (DAF)
Garry is the General manager, Crop & Food Science within AgriScience Queensland - the RD&E arm of the Queensland Department of Agriculture & Fisheries. He has a horticultural RD&E background in both vegetable production and more recently in citrus production and physiology. He holds a Masters of Applied Science - Maths & Computing. His management team within Crop & Food Science oversees the co-investment of about $30M into broad--acre cropping and food RD&E and co-invests with various universities and other collaborators to deliver impacts to Queensland agriculture. Garry also has a number of governance roles in various research programs in Australia including the grains and cotton national RD&E framework implementation committees, USQ and QAAFI partnership committees and the Queensland Technology Commercialisation Fund project board. Garry has sat on the APSIM Initiative Steering Committee for the last five years during which time USQ and AgResearch have joined the APSIM Initiative.
Professor Graeme Hammer (UQ)
Graeme is a Professor in Crop Science and Director of the Centre for Plant Science (CPS) in the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI), which is a research institute of The University of Queensland, Australia.
Graeme conducts research on the physiology and genetics of complex adaptive traits in field crops with a focus on water productivity in cereals. His research underpins the development of mathematical models of crop growth, development and yield that enable simulation of consequences of genetic and management manipulation of crops in specific target environments.
His research approach provides unique opportunities to:
- Aid crop management and design for enhanced production in water-limited environments
- Enhance the utility of molecular breeding for drought adaptation, and
- Identify avenues to cope with climate risks in field crop production.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Agriculture Institute and was awarded the Australian Medal for Agricultural Science in 2013 and Farrer Memorial Medal in 2012.
Graeme is currently the chair of the APSIM Initiative Steering Committee.
Dr Peter Thorburn (CSIRO)
Peter is a Chief Research Scientist and Research Group Leader in CSIRO Agriculture and Food. His multidisciplinary Group has staff located across three sites researching diverse aspects of farming systems (e.g. optimising risk-return trade-offs in cropping and mixed crop-livestock production systems, improving pest and disease control, minimising environmental impacts). Peter’s personal research focuses on the environmental dimensions of agricultural systems. Peter develops and applies simulation models to identify production systems that mitigate greenhouse gas mitigation and impacts on water quality. He frequently collaborates with social and economic scientists in the search for effective pathways to improve farmers’ management. Peter’s research has won international awards and has had substantial impact on government policy.