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Professor of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Professor Iain Donnison is head of the Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences. He is a plant and environmental scientist with expertise in crop physiology, genetics and environmental impact of temperate and tropical grasses. His recent work focuses on environmental stress, and strategies for adaptation to, and mitigation of, climate change.

Professor Donnison is also committed to the translation of science and working with industry within the bioeconomy to achieve wider impact. For example, the BEACON Biorefining Centre which he leads was recognised as one of Europe's most innovative projects winning the European Commission’s RegioStars Award for Sustainable Growth.


  • 2008–2019
    Professor, Aberystwyth University
  • 1994–2007
    Programme Ledaer, Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research