Reading professor appointed to research council position

29 January 2016

Professor Tim Wheeler

Professor Tim Wheeler, from the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, has been appointed to high-profile position at the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), from the start of April 2016.

Tim Wheeler is currently Professor of Crop Science where he has 25 years of world-leading research experience into the effects of climate change on agriculture and food. For the last six years he has been seconded as Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for International Development, where he oversaw portfolios of climate, energy, water, agriculture and health research, amongst others, for impact on international development. He also provided science advice to DFID Ministers, most recently on the 2015/16 El Nino weather event. In 2009/10, Professor Wheeler served as Specialist Adviser in the House of Lords. As Director of Science and Innovation, Professor Wheeler will be responsible for the management the best environmental science research portfolio in the world, rigorous yet rapid grants processes, essential PhD training and extensive activities to ensure that the UK is able to take full advantage of the wealth of scientific knowledge we create. NERC has a £330 million research budget and co-ordinates research projects in areas such as climate change and environmental influences on human health.

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