Wednesday 13 October
Prof. Chris Collins
The talk will reflect on how we develop policy, the research required to support it and how this could play out as we develop agro-ecological schemes. These views will be personal and not those of any organisation.
Chris graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Agricultural Botany. His PhD studied the agronomy of evening primrose at Wye College, University of London.
Afterwards he moved to Imperial College to study the environmental impact of discharges from the nuclear industry and became a full time member of academic staff in 1996.
In 2012 he became Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Reading. He currently chairs the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee providing expert advice to the UK Government on how to protect the environment from chemicals. Chris was Natural Environment Research Council Soils Coordinator overseeing a multi-million pound research investment to improve our understanding of how soils resist, recover and adapt to land use and climate change. From 2018-2020 he was a member of the UK Natural Capital Committee. His research focuses on determining the factors controlling exposure of biota to environmental pollution and sustainable soil management. This year Chris took on the role of Head of Knowledge and Evidence for Natural Resources Wales
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