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Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney

Professor Robyn McConchie has a BSc (Plant Science) from Wye College, University of London, an MA (Education and Work) from Macquarie University and PhD from Louisiana State University (USA). She has been teaching and researching in the area of postharvest quality of perishable and grain crops for the past 15 years at the University of Sydney and is currently Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science .

Recently, Robyn has introduced a new Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness to commence 2014, designed to attract young talent into this dynamic industry. With a double major in food science and business, graduates will a play key role in ensuring food businesses remain competitive and sustainable in the face of evolving world markets and environmental challenges.

Robyn has also worked closely with industry to initiate a Fresh Produce Safety Centre based at the University of Sydney. The new Centre drives food safety research that provides solutions to benefit and service the fresh food produce industry.

From 2007-2009 Robyn was Director of the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific (RIAP) at the University of Sydney, responsible for development of University wide programs in education, research, international leadership training in areas such as health, higher education, agriculture, finance. Robyn has served as Past President and Secretary of Australian Society for Horticultural Science(AuSHS), and is a member of the American (ASHS) and International Societies for Horticultural Science (ISHS), WildFlowers Australia. She is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).


  • –present
    Professor, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, University of Sydney