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Dr Alan Raybould

Lead for Regulatory Science

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Alan has a degree in Botany from the University of Manchester and a PhD in Populations Genetics from the University of Birmingham. After completing his PhD, he worked for the UK’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology for 11 years, where he led a research group developing methods for estimating gene flow among populations of wild plants, and studying the ecological genetics of insect and virus resistance in wild relatives of crops.

In 2001, Alan joined Syngenta, where he worked in the Product Safety department at Jealott’s Hill International Research Centre near Bracknell in the UK. While at Jealott’s Hill, he led the preparation of environmental risk assessments as part of worldwide regulatory submissions for the company’s transgenic crops. He became a Syngenta Fellow in 2007.

In July 2014, Alan moved to Syngenta’s HQ in Basel, Switzerland, where he is the Lead for Regulatory Science in Crop Protection Global Policy and Stewardship.

Alan is a visiting Professor in the School of Biological Sciences in the University of Southampton. His research interests include the development of efficient and effective environmental risk assessments for transgenic crops with multiple traits, predictive ecological modelling of the effects of agricultural management on ecosystem services, and the development of regulatory policies that encourage agricultural innovation and environmental protection.


Listed below are some of Alans' publications that are most relevant to Innogen’s interests:

Garcia-Alonso, M. & Raybould, A., 2014. Protection goals in environmental risk assessment: a practical approach. Transgenic Research 23, 945-956.

Devos, Y., Sanvido, O., Tait, J. & Raybould, A., 2014. Towards a more open debate about values in decision-making on agricultural biotechnology. Transgenic Research 23, 933-943.

Häggman, H., Raybould, A., Borem, A., Fox, T., Handley, L., Hertzberg, M., Lu, M-Z., Macdonald, P., Oguchi, T., Pasquali, G., Pearson, L., Peter, G., Quemada, H., Séguin, A., Tattersall, K., Ulian, E., Walter, C. & McLean, M., 2013. Genetically engineered trees for plantation forests: key considerations for environmental risk assessment. Plant Biotechnology Journal 11, 785-798.

Herman, R.A., Garcia-Alonso, M., Layton, R. & Raybould, A., 2013. Bringing policy relevance and scientific discipline to environmental risk assessment for GM crops. Trends in Biotechnology 31, 493-496.

Raybould, A., Kurtz, R. & Zeph, L., 2012. Regulatory science, research science, and innovation in agricultural biotechnology. In: Wozniak, C.A. & McHughen, A. (eds) Regulation of Agricultural Biotechnology: The United States and Canada. Dordrecht: Springer Science + Business Media. pp. 317-333.

Raybould, A., 2012. Can science justify regulatory decisions about the cultivation of transgenic crops? Transgenic Research 21:691-698.

Raybould, A. & Poppy, G.M., 2012. Commercialising GM crops under EU regulations: objectives and barriers. GM Crops & Food: Biotechnology in Agriculture and the Food Chain 3, 9-20.

Sanvido, O., Romeis, J., Gathmann, A., Gielkens, M., Raybould, A. & Bigler F., 2012. Evaluating environmental risks of genetically modified crops – ecological harm criteria for regulatory decision-making. Environmental Science and Policy 9, 82-91.

Raybould, A., 2010. Reducing uncertainty in regulatory decision-making for transgenic crops: more ecological research or clearer environmental risk assessment? GM Crops 1, 25-31.