Established 1950

Message from the Chair

Dr Jeraime Griffith


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has identified three key challenges facing agriculture - feeding a growing population, providing a livelihood for farmers, and protecting the environment. As the global population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, agriculture threatens to consume even more than the nearly 40% of the earth’s land surface, 70% of available freshwater it already utilises, and add to its already considerable environmental footprint of 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

At the SCI Agrisciences group, and in conjunction with stakeholders in the science-based agricultural community, we have hosted a number of well received events such as - Feeding the future: Can we protect crops sustainably, Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees - that triggered debate, brought awareness and offered possible solutions to the significant problems we face. We also work across interest groups to host a careers day, foster networking among our members and stakeholders, and strive to engage policy makers and the public.

Our group member's have interests spanning food security, environmental/climate policy, soil science, crop production and protection agents, animal husbandry and other topics from farm to fork.

If you want to find out more or are interested in becoming a member please get in touch.

Meet the Committee Officers

Dr David Withall


Dr Kathryn Knight


Dr Jeraime Griffith


In brief

SCI's Agrisciences Group covers the production, protection and utilisation of crops for food and non-food products. The group is a unique multidisciplinary network involved in all aspects of food security and the bioeconomy. We aim to cover contemporary agricultural science and agribusiness interests.