Agronomy & Farming Systems

Ian Midgley

Ian has worked at NIAB since 2007, having previously studied agriculture at Newcastle University.

After five years working as a trials officer at NIAB's Headley Hall regional centre in North Yorkshire, he moved to NIAB Cambridge to become the organisation's national trials coordinator. Now based back at Headley Hall, but in the same role Ian’s responsibilities include contract-management of all cereal variety trials and coordination of NIAB TAG Membership trials.

Nick Watson

Nick manages the service delivery from NIAB’s Field Trial, Glasshouse and Laboratory teams covering agricultural and horticultural crop species. He ensure NIAB works with industry to find solutions for the efficacy testing or evaluation of their material, technology or variety, ensures projects are run efficiently, cost effectively and successfully and acts as the channel for new customers to rapidly get connected with the correct specialist and determine their needs.

Dr Lydia Smith

Research interests

Dr Lydia Smith joined NIAB in 1997 and initially managed the expansion of research across NIAB groups. She established and ran the Novel and Non Food Crops area, which remains an important part of NIAB’s work. With a BSc. in Botany from the University of Sheffield, an MSc, from Reading University and a PhD from the University of East London. She spent postdoctoral periods at UEA and Luton University, with periods lecturing in soil/environmental science at the University of Luton and in reclamation science on M.Sc. courses at the University of East London.


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