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Director of Multidisciplinary Research and Professor of Ecology, University of Southampton

Professor Guy Poppy took up his role as the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser in August 2014. He will also continue with his research in global food security at the University of Southampton, where he is Professor of Ecology and the Director of Interdisciplinary Research.

Professor Poppy has significant research experience in food systems and food security and has advised governments around the world on these issues. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers including a number of highly cited articles on risk assessment, risk analysis and risk communication. He is currently a member of the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) panel assessing the quality of agriculture, food and veterinary science in the UK.

A graduate of Imperial College and Oxford University, Professor Poppy previously worked at Rothamsted Research, becoming Principal Scientific Officer. He left in 2001 to join the University of Southampton where he has been Head of Biodiversity and Ecology and, more recently, Head of Biological Sciences.

As the FSA’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Poppy will provide expert scientific advice to the UK government and play a critical role in helping to understand how scientific developments will shape the work of the FSA as well as the strategic implications of any possible changes.


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    Director of Multidisciplinary Research, University of Southampton