Shane Ward, University College Dublin (UCD)
Shane Ward is Professor of Biosystems Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland (www.ucd.ie/biosystems). He was previously Head of the UCD School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine (including Biosystems and Food Engineering) and a member of the university’s Senior Management Team (SMT). He has published in excess of 200 peer-reviewed research journal papers and conference proceedings, and has led several national and international research projects, including: ‘SafeMBM’ (safe disposal and utilisation of meat and bone meal in the context of minimising risk from BSE); EC FP4 ‘ECOWOOD’ (eco-efficient wood harvesting on sensitive sites); EC FP6 ‘SigmaChain’ (food chain contamination risk reduction), H2020 AgroCycle (agri-food ‘circular economy’). He is currently ‘Scientific Director’ of CONSUS, Europe’s largest university-based ‘Big Data in Agriculture’ research and innovation project (https://www.ucd.ie/consus/), a collaborative programme between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) (https://www.sfi.ie/) and Origin Enterprises Plc. (https://originenterprises.com/). He has extensive international networks in the agri-food research and innovation domains, and was ‘coordinating chair’ of the European Commission funded EIP-Agri Focus Group 31, addressing the minimisation of waste on the farm, with particular emphasis on optimising operational efficiency. His work as leader of the AgroCycle project (http://www.agrocycle.eu/) addressing the application of the ‘circular economy’ across the agri-food sector has led to the consolidation of several seminal concepts particularly around globally efficient food production.
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