Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board has been appointed with three members of high scientific profile, for the periodic internal review of the state of advancement of the project. They are expected to:

(a) Monitor the scientific quality of project activities by evaluating the deliverables and by participating to general meetings of the project
(b) Provide the Executive Committee with suggestions as how to improve quality of the research and priorities in research.

The members of the Scientific Advisory Board are:

Holger Meinke, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Hobart, Australia. He is Director and Head of School of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) at UTAS. He previously held the Chair of Crop and Weed Ecology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands (2007–2011); prior to that he was a cropping systems scientist with the Queensland Government and APSRU (1988–2007) where he co-developed the agricultural systems simulation platform APSIM. He pioneered operational climate risk management for agriculture in Australia and internationally. He is a member of two editorial boards and a member of the CCAFS Steering Committee, a research program of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).

Dominic Moran, Scotland’s Rural College, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. He is an applied economist specialising in the areas of environmental and resource economics and policy analysis in developed and developing countries. His research focuses on applying economics to environmental management and the development of interdisciplinary approaches to resource allocation problems, with particular interest in measurement of public preferences for environmental change and their use in policy making. Related interests include: environmental valuation methods for cost-benefit analysis for public policy (regulation); applications to water, energy, forestry and biological diversity, transportation, environmental/industrial competition and regulation, economic instruments for pollution control, health economics, climate change, the environment and the macroeconomy.

Andrea E. Rizzoli, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Lugano, Switzerland. He is senior research scientist at IDSIA and a professor at SUPSI. His interests are in simulation and in decision support systems and he has been involved in the development of various simulation models in a number of different contexts, from natural resources modelling to logistics and industrial systems. He has authored more than 100 publications on these subjects. He is also editor for the international journal Environmental Modelling & Software and president of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society.