Professor Maggie Gill, OBE, FRSE is an emeritus Professor in the School of Biology, University of Aberdeen. She is a ruminant nutritionist by training (having studied for her PhD in New Zealand) but broadened her research interests to sustainable food systems, while also taking on research management and advisory roles. She has a particular interest in the research/policy interface, having worked for some years in what is now the UK Government’s Department for International development and serving as Chief Scientific Advisor for the Environment and Rural Affairs in the Scottish Government from 2006 to 2011 and Chair of the CGIAR Independent Science and Partnership Council from 2014-2019. Maggie currently chairs an EU Think Tank for the project Fit4Food 2030 and the Science Advisory Panel of the New Zealand Government’s Our Land and Water National Challenge. She has recently been appointed as Chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Council, which provides independent advice to the Scottish government. Maggie spent 6 weeks in 2018 working with Mario Herrero’s group in CSIRO, Brisbane.
Dr Caroline Lee leads the animal behaviour and welfare research team at CSIRO. She completed her PhD at The University of Sydney in 2001. Since joining CSIRO, Caroline has worked on developing novel methods of welfare assessment in sheep, cattle and poultry. Dr Lee’s research aims to develop new methods to measure emotions in animals and to align technologies and systems with animal learning abilities to improve animal welfare. She also works on developing ethically acceptable virtual fencing systems for cattle and sheep. Dr Lee is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Rural Science, The University of New England. She represents CSIRO on the Management Committee of the OIE Collaborating Centre for Animal Welfare Science and Bioethical Analysis, the National Animal Welfare RD &E Strategy Management Committee and is a member of the Regional Animal Welfare Strategy. She was also the Deputy Director of the Board of the Australian and New Zealand Council for the Care of Animals in Research and Teaching Ltd (ANZCCART).