Prof John Beddington to join top team at Rothamsted
THE Government’s former chief scientific adviser Professor Sir John Beddington has become the new chairman of directors at Rothamsted Research.
Prof Beddington, who led on providing scientific advice to Westminster from 2008 to 2013 and who has always been a strong advocate of genetic modification (GM), will work alongside the Harpenden centre’s newly appointed director Achim Doberman.
In 2008 Prof Beddington raised the concept of the ‘perfect storm’ of food, energy and water security in the context of mitigating and adapting to climate change.
During 2011 he chaired an International Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change and recently took on the co-chairmanship of an International Commission on Agriculture and Nutrition.
This work had a major impact on UK and international policies and firmly placed agricultural science back on the global list of priorities.
Prof Beddington said: “Rothamsted is both our oldest and one of our most prestigious research organisations in the agricultural field.
“The problems of food security and the associated issues of water and energy security need research at the highest level and I am confident that Rothamsted can provide it.”
He succeeds Professor Nick Talbot, who has chaired the Board since October 2009.