The ICAC Announces Winner of the 2015 Researcher of the Year Award
The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Greg A. Constable, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia, has been selected as winner of the ICAC Cotton Researcher of the Year for 2015. The ICAC honors a leading cotton researcher each year by awarding a certificate of recognition, a shield and an honorarium of US$1,000. Applications for the award were received from February 1 to March 31, 2015, and an independent panel of six experts reviewed the applications during the month of April.
Dr. Constable is an eminent leader in the international cotton research community. He was one of the primary organizers of the first World Cotton Research Conference in Australia in 1994. He is the current chairman of the Internal Cotton Researchers Association and played a leading role in its establishment. Dr. Constable’s experience in cotton research is spread over four decades. His achievements are well recognized in three fields of research: agronomy, breeding and physiology and scientific leadership. Dr. Constable’s research has extensively benefitted the cotton industry in Australia. He has received great recognition at the national level in Australia and has also received an Outstanding Research Award in Cotton Physiology at the US Beltwide Cotton Conferences.
Average cotton yields in Australia are currently not only the highest in the world but are almost three times of the global average for 2014/15. Dr. Constable has made a significant contribution to this outstanding performance. Dr. Constable’s knowledge of cotton physiology and his ability to link physiology with cotton varietal development have led to significant breakthroughs in the creation of new varieties. Some of these varieties dominate markets in other countries. Dr. Constable supervised a number of graduate students as well as mentored and provided directions to many young researchers.
The ICAC Researcher of the Year Award is an annual event and further information can be found at https://www.icac.org/tech/ICAC-Researcher-of-the-Year-Awar