Keynote speakers

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers.

Professor Hugh Beckie
Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative, The University of Western Australia

Hugh grew up on a farm near Davidson, Saskatchewan, Canada and farmed for over 30 years. He began his 26-year career as a weed scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 1992. Hugh was also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. His research program focused on surveillance, risk assessment, and management of herbicide-resistant weeds as well as impact assessment of novel-trait or GM crops. Hugh has served as President of the Canadian Weed Science Society and became a Fellow of the Society in 2017. In 2018, he received the Fellow award from the Weed Science Society of America. Hugh was also awarded the QEII Diamond Jubilee medal for his service to Canada. In July of 2018, he began a new position as Director of AHRI (Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative; and Professor of Crop Weed Science at the University of Western Australia.

Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, Australia

Steve is the Executive Director of ABARES, the research bureau in the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment. Steve has worked for three decades at the intersection of research and public policy, including as a policy advisor and research leader.

He has particular interests and expertise in natural resource management, integrated assessment, sustainability and global change, adaptive governance, and the science-policy interface. His also a recognised for his work and expertise in megatrends, identifying long-term strategic insights and their implications for maintaining profitable and competitive agricultural and rural industries.

His previous career includes senior roles in Australian Government agencies including Treasury, Environment and Heritage, and Climate Change. He has also worked in CSIRO, where he led the integrated modelling for the Australian National Outlook 2015, and ANU. He is an honorary professor of public policy at ANU, and an expert member of the UN International Resource Panel. Steve has more than 120 papers and reports, including articles in journals including Nature, Science, Agricultural Systems, Ecological Economics, and Ecology and Society.

Professor Laurie Drinkwater
Cornell University, United States