Dr David Rose

Agriculture 4.0: making it work by improving knowledge exchange and connecting innovation systems.

Dr David Rose is the Elizabeth Creak Associate Professor of Agricultural Innovation and Extension at the University of Reading (UK). He explores the social and ethical impacts of agricultural technology and is also interested in how innovation systems and knowledge exchange can be improved to support adoption of new technologies. He is working on several related projects, including grower/worker views of autonomous robots, responsible innovation approaches, and the co-design of the new Environmental Land Management scheme in England. His group are doing research on the governance of agricultural innovations, precision livestock technology and animal welfare, peer-to-peer farmer learning, as well as histories of farm innovation.


Prof Kevin McDonnell

Prof Kevin McDonnell based in the Schools of Agriculture & Food Science and Biosystems & Food Engineering with responsibility for crop science, agricultural mechanisation and bioenergy and addresses the sustainable use of bioresources for food, feed, fibre and fuel. Research areas include soil compaction, precision agriculture, smart sensors in crops and soils,  and mechanisation developments.

Dr Saoirse Tracy

Dr Tracy’s research interests include using X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) to understand the response of roots to the soil physical environment. She applies her skills and experience of X-ray CT, soil science, hydrology, plant biology and image analysis to answer further questions about the rhizopshere. Dr Tracy’s group research root: soil interactions using non-destructive imaging and she is Director of the UCD X-ray CT facility.

Dr Xinhua Peng

Dr Xinhua Peng is a full professor of soil physics at the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS). He carried out researches in Germany and Ireland as granted by Max-Planck fellow, DFG research fellow and Marie Curie experienced researcher during 2004-2009. In 2017, he obtained the distinguished youth scholar of National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). He was the President of International Soil Tillage Research Organization (2012-2015) and the chairman of Soil Physics Society of China (2012-2020). He is currently serving as co-Editor-in-chief of Soil & Tillage Research, editorial board of Geoderma, CATENA, and Acta Pedologica Sinica journals. He has published over 100 SCI papers and 4 chapters. His main research interests on i) soil structure and its function in agroecosystem, and ii) soil hydrological process and its driving biogeochemical cycling.

English Introduction of Prof. Peng at the website of ISSAS

Dr Christian Thierfelder

Christian Thierfelder is a Principal Cropping Systems Agronomist and Strategic Leader, specializing in Conservation Agriculture (CA) systems research with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT). He is based in Harare, Zimbabwe and covers the whole southern African region. He trained as a Soil Scientist at the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany and did his PhD-project with the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) on soil conservation in Cali, Colombia. He received his PhD from the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 2003. Since 2004, he has implemented CA related projects in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia. His main work is centred around applied and strategic research on-farm and on-station to adapt CA to the needs and environments of smallholder farmers. Since 2009, he has been Principal Investigator of several large projects advancing science on CA systems including smallholder mechanization. He guided the research programs of 25 BSc, MSc and PhD students, and published more than 95 research articles in peer-reviewed high-impact journals and books (current Scopus H- factor 31).

Mathieu Lamandé

Mathieu Lamandé started his research career in 1999 at INRA Rennes with a PhD study about the influence of agricultural practices on the physical functioning of soils. He then worked as a researcher at INRA Nancy focusing on the consequences of forestry management on the soil physical properties, especially the compaction by machinery. In 2004, he moved to Denmark to work for the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS) in Denmark, which became the Agroecology Department of Aarhus University since. During his career, he developed qualifications around relationships between soil tillage, biological activity and physical soil functioning, and the quantification of soil structure. He has been working on projects addressing the processes leading to soil compaction since 2003. Mathieu Lamandé is also employed as an associate professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

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