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Wye - a world leader in agricultural sciences

Wye will become a world-class centre for new research and teaching in agricultural sciences. Thats the aim of far-reaching changes announced today by Imperial College at Wye.

Wye - part of one of the UKs leading universities, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, since August 2000 - has appointed a new head and reorganised its academic activities into one streamlined Department of Agricultural Sciences.

New head at Wye (from 1 August 2001) will be Professor Jeff Waage, currently Chief Executive of CABI Bioscience, an international agricultural research and training organisation based in the UK with centres in developing countries.

An American by birth, Professor Waage has lived in the UK for 25 years and is a British citizen. He is a graduate of Princeton University and studied for a PhD and taught at Imperial College before joining CABI. His scientific background is in biological pest management. While at CABI, he helped to build international initiatives in farmer-participatory research, pesticide reduction and biodiversity conservation.

Professor Waage comments: I am very excited by my new role at Wye. For me, agriculture is one of the most dynamic and highly-debated areas of human endeavour. As we face the global challenge to improve food production and quality while reducing environmental risks from intensive agriculture, there is a real need for a new generation of scientific research and a different approach to training those who will manage tomorrows rural landscapes and businesses. The changes taking place at Wye will help ensure we can play a key role in meeting this challenge.

The new Department of Agricultural Sciences at Wye will form part of the Faculty of Life Sciences within Imperial College with complementary world class expertise in ecology, molecular biology, biochemistry and environmental technology. Wyes new structure will encourage its plant and animal scientists, agricultural economists and environmental scientists to continue to work as an integrated team while drawing upon new strengths in other parts of Imperial College.

Professor Waage adds: My aim is to build on Wyes already formidable reputation for innovation and leadership in food, agriculture and the rural environment at a national and international level. I would very much like to help Wye become a jewel in Imperial Colleges crown.

Professor Waage will take up his appointment on 1 August 2001, when the Provost of Imperial College at Wye, Professor Tim Clark will leave to take up a new role as Pro Rector (Admissions) at Imperial College.

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For further information, please contact:

Wendy Raeside, Imperial College at Wye
Telephone: +44 (0)207 594 2624 or +44 (0)1233 813473
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Imperial College at Wye was formed in August 2000 following the merger between Wye College and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. The Wye campus continues to have a world-class reputation for research and teaching covering agriculture, horticulture, the rural environment and food industry.

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