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Holger Meinke

Council Member
Head, School of Land and Food; Director, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), University of Tasmania, Australia

Holger Meinke is a tenured appointment as Professor at the University of Tasmania. In addition, he leads and manages the School of Land and Food, an amalgamation of the former Schools of Agricultural Science and Geography & Spatial Studies. He is also the Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), a large and multi-faceted joint venture between the University and the Tasmanian Government with a mandate for agricultural research, development, extension and teaching (nationally and internationally). Over the last four years Holger instigated, managed and completed several change processes that resulted in the establishment and revitalization of the new School and TIA. He also maintains an active research portfolio in agricultural and food systems research and supervises PhD candidates at UTAS as well as at Wageningen University (Netherlands) and the ANU. 

Holger has over 100 refereed publications with an H-Index of 26 (average citation per article: 32) and over 2600 life-time citations (metrics based on Web of Science). His work involves working directly with stakeholders and his international project activities include R&D focusing on improved resource use efficiency (better agronomy, varieties and risk management) with an emphasis on the Austral-Asia region. He is a member of three editorial boards of scientific journals, a scientific reviewer for IPCC, President of the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (2014-2016), and President of the Australian Society of Agronomy (2013-2015). He has served two terms as a member of the Independent Science Panel for the CGIAR Challenge Program on Climate Change, Agriculture & Food Security (CCAFS); he has been a scientific expert on several UN-affiliated panels. 

He received his Bachelors in Agriculture from the University of Hohenheim, Germany in 1983, Masters in International Agricultural Development from the Technical University Berlin, Germany in 1986 and his PhD in Agriculture and Environmental Science from Wageningen University in 1996.