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. Glyn is currently the chair of the APSIM Initiative Steering Committee.
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.