Martin A.J. Parry, Lancaster University, UK
Martin is a Professor of Plant Science for Food Security, providing strategic leadership of research to facilitate the development of globally relevant and accessible food systems. His own research is directed towards the goals of improving yield potential and yield stability whilst maintaining quality and improving the efficiency of production. He aims to understand and manipulate the molecular and biochemical controls that determine carbon assimilation and partitioning and determine the influence of genotype and environment, principally drought and temperature. The research both encompasses the exploitation of natural diversity and also the creation of new characteristics through biotechnology.
His research is widely recognized. In 2014 he was presented with China National Friendship Award by Vice Premier Ma Kai in Beijing and in 2015 was made an honorary member of the association of Applied Biology in recognition of his contributions to applied biology. He is a frequent plenary/key note speaker at Research meetings and was elected as the GRC chair for the CO2 Assimilation in Plants from Genome to Biome meetings in 2017 & 2019. He is the Editor in Chief of Food and Energy Security’, an associate editor for Plant Biotechnology Journal, and an editor of Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Martin is also an Honorary Professor, Universitat de les Illes Ballears, Palma, Spain; and a Visiting Professor at North West A&F University, Yanglin, China.