Professor Wayne Powell

Wayne powell

Wayne Powell joined SRUC in July 2016 as Principal and Chief Executive based at the Edinburgh Campus. He was previously the Chief Science Officer at CGIAR Consortium in Montpellier, France and before that the Director of Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University.

Among his Awards, Distinctions and Honours, he is an elected Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and the winner of the Broeckhuizen Prize in 1990 for outstanding contribution to cereal science research in Europe by a scientist under the age of 40. He has also been involved at Board Level for a number of companies and institutes and on International Scientific Advisory Committees.

His personal research interests are in the domestication and evolution of crops and the production of global public goods. He has published over 280 refereed papers, more than 120 book chapters and an H index of 78.

Wayne graduated in Agricultural Botany from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1974) and went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (1975) and then a MSc in Genetics and Plant Breeding (with Distinction, 1980) there. He then gained a PhD in Quantitative Genetics (1985) and a DSc in Plant Genetic Manipulation (1993) from University of Birmingham.

Wayne was born in a small mining village, Abercraf, in the Swansea Valley and was the first member of his family to attend University. 

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