julian smith - rothamsted

DIRECTORATE

Dr JULIAN SMITH

Science Director

Protecting Crops and Environment

Directorate

BIOGRAPHY

Julian has a career in plant health and external affairs, focused on national biosecurity, crop protection and seed systems. In joining Rothamsted in 2021, he provides leadership on science strategy, alongside engagement with UK and overseas governments, academia, foundations and industry. In obtaining a degree (Agri Bot) and PhD (Rhizobia on faba beans) at Aberystwyth University, Julian joined CAB International (CABI) in 1992, addressing crop losses caused by pests and diseases of developing nations. Spanning the delivery and management of overseas field and laboratory projects, he also managed CABI's UK molecular biology laboratory and led on crop GM biosafety. His early research led to the first contained-use GM crop technology approvals for Kenya and South Africa. Julian’s career has increasingly focused on plant pest risk assessment and biosecurity, and capacity strengthening of African nations. In moving to Fera Science Ltd in 2005, then Central Science Laboratory, he has furthered this cause under numerous initiatives of seed health and transborder trade. He has worked extensively on Banana Xanthomonas Wilt, Cassava Brown Streak Disease, Cassava Mosaic Disease and Maize Lethal Necrosis. In 2015 he authored a position paper on ‘Africa’s preparedness for plant pests and diseases under climate change’ that informed the UNFCCC Paris Climate Change Conference.

CONTACT DETAILS

EMAIL:
julian.smith@rothamsted.ac.uk

    TEL:

    +44 07901 321038

      ADDRESS:

      Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

        PROFESSIONAL PLATFORMS

        QUALIFICATIONS

        Academic Qualification 1987 - Bsc (Hons) Agricultural Botany, Aberystwyth University, Wales

        1992 - PhD, Aberystwyth University, Wales

        MEASURES OF ESTEEM

        Science Adviser Board of the Crop Health and Protection centre

        Science Adviser Board of the Plant Sciences Group (RBS).