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Prominent EU speaker to deliver SSCR Annual Lecture

The 2012 Scottish Society for Crop Research Annual Lecture will be given by Mr Michael Hamell, Head of Unit, Agriculture, Forests and Soil, Environment Directorate-General, European Commission.

His talk “Environmental challenges – is sustainable agriculture possible?” will take place at 2pm on Monday 11 June at the West Park Conference Centre, Perth Road, Dundee. It will be given immediately after the SSCR AGM.

Mr Hamell has worked for the European Commission since 1983 and is currently Head of the unit "Agriculture, Forests and Soil" within the Directorate General responsible for the Environment.

This unit is responsible for environmental integration issues with respect to both the first and second pillars of the Common Agricultural Policy, for the implementation of the Nitrates directive, for EU internal environmental policy related to forestry and for the EU's soil strategy presented to the European Parliament and Council in 2006.

Michael worked in DG Agriculture during the period 1983-1997 in the "Beef and Sheep" Markets division with responsibilities for sheep policy and trade issues and for technical aspects of beef production. Prior to this, he worked for 10 years as a farm manager, lecturer and specialist agricultural adviser with the Irish Department of Agriculture. He holds a Master's Degree in Agriculture from University College Dublin.

Because of the move to this new venue, it is essential that those attending give notice of their intention to do so, to ensure that sufficient seating is provided. Please email Pam Cassidy or telephone 01382 568 751 to book your place.