The University has announced the appointment of Professor Sir Charles Godfray CBE FRS as the next Director of the Oxford Martin School. Sir Charles is a world-leading population biologist whose work spans ecology, evolution and epidemiology. Through his work on the health, environmental and economic consequences of food policies he has had a major impact on future thinking on global food security.
Sir Charles holds a number of leadership positions across the research and policy arenas. He is Chair of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Science Advisory Council, a Trustee Director of Rothamstead Research and a Trustee of the Food Foundation, as well as sitting on a number of other scientific advisory committees. In 2017 Sir Charles was knighted for services to scientific research and for scientific advice to government.
He has been very involved with the Oxford Martin School for a number of years, for example as the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food and as co-creator of the Oxford Martin Restatements, a new approach to providing succinct summaries of scientific evidence around highly contentious topics.
Professor Sarah Whatmore, Chair of the Oxford Martin School’s Management Committee and Head of the University’s Social Sciences Division, said “We are delighted that Sir Charles will be taking up this hugely important post within the University. The breadth of his research interests, combined with years of success in translating research into policy and his experience of the challenges of ensuring that academic research delivers solutions, made Sir Charles a perfect fit for this role.”
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