Dr George Ramsbottom, dairy specialist, Teagasc, has become the 72nd president of the ASA (Agricultural Science Association).
The association made the announcement on Friday, September 10th, at this year’s conference entitled: Science: driving innovation and addressing challenges in agri-food.
The event explored the important role that science has to play in the industry’s future.
Dr George Ramsbottom
From a drystock farm in Laois, George holds bachelors and master degrees in agriculture, a master’s degree in reproductive physiology and a PhD from UCD.
Living in Laois, George is married to Aideen and has six children ranging from nine to twenty-one years.
Championing science to tackle agri challenges
The ASA is the professional body representing agricultural science graduates.
In his new role, George plans to build on its core principles by championing science to tackle the challenges within the industry.
He said: “Science underpins the careers that our members have forged. It is the foundation upon which our industry will rise to meet the challenge of climate.”
Now in its 80th year, ASA members have played a key role in supporting the sector’s growth. Members come from a broad range of disciplines, including research, academia, government, and agri-business.
They all have contributed to the scientific, technological and market advancements of the industry.
“Throughout my tenure, I am committed to continuing to advance our members skills and professional development through a series of initiatives which will be rolled out throughout the year.”
New president’s agenda
George believes that the ASA has four core roles to play in supporting agricultural science graduates:
- Industry representation;
- Career development;
- Lifelong learning;
- Member benefits.
During his presidency, he plans to effect the findings of the recent strategic review of the ASA to ensure that the organisation continues to deliver relevant supports and benefits for its members to reflect recent developments and changes within the industry.
George has several initiatives already in the pipeline, which the ASA will launch in the coming months.
Also, he has secured sponsorship to continue the successful podcast series.