IBERS Director appointed Chief Science Officer at CGIAR

PROFESSOR Wayne Powell, Director of Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), has been appointed as Chief Science Officer of the CGIAR Consortium. The CGIAR Consortium is a global partnership which unites organisations under the aim of creating a food secure future. It develops and conducts research programs to tackle complex development issues related to agriculture.

Professor Wayne Powell

Professor Wayne Powell

Following his success as IBERS’ first Director, Powell has helped the department win several awards, as well as reaching the shortlist for the Times Higher Education Awards 2013 in the Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology category.

Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, Professor April McMahon, has stated: “Wayne Powell has been an excellent inaugural Director of IBERS, and has done a huge amount to advance the profile of the Institute and of Aberystwyth University in Wales and beyond. I have personally greatly enjoyed working with him. While I am sorry to see Wayne moving on from IBERS, and we will miss him, this is an exceptional opportunity for him to be involved at the highest level in the direction and funding of research in agriculture, on a far wider stage. We will be retaining links with Wayne and look forward to welcoming him back to Aberystwyth at regular intervals. He goes with all our best wishes, and we send congratulations both to Wayne personally and to CGIAR on securing such an excellent appointment.”

Professor Powell said: “I am proud and honoured to have led IBERS in its early years and I have enjoyed my time at Aberystwyth University immensely. I am confident that the Institute is now well placed to build on the successes of the past five years and I wish my successor well. My new position offers a compelling and extremely exciting opportunity to play a significant role in shaping global research in the developing world. I am very much looking forward to this challenge and the opportunity to contribute in an area in which I have had a long standing personal interest.”

In order to facilitate a smooth transition, from the 1st of January 2014 Professor Powell will share his time between IBERS and CGIAR before assuming his role at CGAIR on a full time basis in April.

Aberystwyth University has stated that it will now be taking immediate steps, working with BBSRC, to recruit a successor to Professor Powell.