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Michael Battaglia

Mission Lead Towards Net Zero, CSIRO

Michael Battaglia is Mission Lead for CSIRO’s Toward Net Zero Mission which aims to support the net zero transition of Australia’s hard to abate sectors while delivering regional and environmental benefits. In the past Michael has been an executive member of the CSIRO Agriculture and Food Business Unit and has led the Sustainability Capability. He has spent over two decades working in agricultural innovation, agriculture and land-based emissions reduction and carbon policy. He is a founder and Director of FutureFeed, which is commercialising anti-methanogenic feed supplements for livestock. In 2020 he and colleagues received the $1.3 million Food Planet Prize for FutureFeed and earlier the International Union of Forestry Research Organisation’s Science Excellence award for global leadership in forestry process-based modelling. Michael continues to provide leadership and governance to a range of agricultural sustainability initiatives ranging from international advisor roles to the CGIAR system, agricultural sustainability, to finance and national oversight and innovation programs. He has published over 70 papers, 10 books and chapters on agriculture and forestry physiology, systems science and innovation.


  • –present
    Theme Leader, Greenhouse Gas Abatement & Carbon Storage in Land Use Systems, CSIRO


  • 1994 
    University of Tasmania, PhD


IUFRO Science Achievement Award; Food Planet Prize