Professor Tim Reeves FTSE has been awarded the Australian Society of Agronomy’s most prestigious award, the C M Donald Medal for Agronomy, for his distinguished career in agricultural research, development and extension, focused on sustainable agriculture in Australia and overseas.
The medal is awarded to an eminent Australian agriculturalist in recognition of a long and distinguished career with contributions in all areas of agronomy.
Professor Reeves is a graduate of the University of Nottingham (UK) where he was recently admitted into the Faculty’s Hall of Fame, and the University of Melbourne, where he was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Agricultural Science Honoris causa. He has been a Fellow since 2001 and chairs ATSE Agriculture Forum.
He has worked for 50 years in agricultural research, development and extension and was a pioneer of no-till/conservation research in Australia while based at Rutherglen Research Institute, Victoria.
His professional career includes Foundation Professor of Sustainable Agricultural Production, Adelaide University (1992-95) and Director General of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre based in Mexico (1995-2002).
Other international roles have included memberships of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger and of the European Commission Expert Group for Evaluation of Framework and H2020 Projects. He has also been a Senior Expert with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) working on Save and Grow - sustainable intensification of smallholder agriculture - and he recently led a FAO consultation in Cuba, on the development and adoption of conservation agriculture.
He has served on a number of Boards, including the Grains Research and Development Corporation and two Cooperative Research Centres, chaired national and international scientific committees and evaluated and advised on numerous agricultural science programs. He was a previous President of the Australian Society of Agronomy.
Professor Reeves is currently Board Chair of the Foundation for Arable Research Australia. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and is Director and Principal of Timothy G. Reeves and Associates. Pty. Ltd., specialising in national and international consulting in agricultural research.
He is also an Honorary Professor in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences; an Honorary Professor for International and Community Development at Deakin University; and an Adjunct Professor in the Institute for Future Environments at the Queensland University of Technology.
The medal commemorates Colin Malcolm Donald (1910-1985), an agronomist who profoundly influenced pasture development in Australia by understanding the limitations to pasture growth imposed by soils and environment, and advanced our understanding of competition between plants when grown in communities.
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