NIAB has appointed Dr Richard Harrison as its new Director of Cambridge Crop Research, he will be taking a leading role in the development of the Cambridge Centre for Crop Science (3CS), a collaborative initiative between NIAB and the University of Cambridge.
Dr Harrison currently leads the crop genetics, genomics and breeding research programme at NIAB EMR in Kent. He takes up his new role with immediate effect, guiding the overall scientific direction, development and management of NIAB’s crop genetics and breeding, pathology, and crop variety characterisation at Cambridge.
Dr Harrison says: “This is a great opportunity, and a privilege, to join the senior team at NIAB and to help to grow and strengthen the research base. Current global challenges call for new ways working in order to develop an environmentally and economically sustainable food system. I am looking forward to contributing to an exciting future for NIAB, and for 3CS, in this vital area of research and development.”
Dr Tina Barsby, NIAB chief executive, says: “We are delighted to be able to promote a scientist of Richard’s strength and experience from within our organisation. He is a superb asset to NIAB and will be central to the development and communication of our science direction and strategy.
Read the full announcement on the NIAB website here.