Prof. Lisa Collins is Professor of Animal Science, N8 Agrifood Chair in Agricultural Systems, Head of the School of Biology, Academic Director of the National Pig Centre, and Director of the Smart Agri-Systems research initiative at the University of Leeds UoL).
Her research focuses on the development and application of smarter agricultural systems through multi-disciplinary approaches, including technology development, systems modelling, and data analytics. Lisa is Principal Investigator on a broad portfolio of current research and innovation projects totalling over £4M, including PIGSustain – a £2.06M Global Food Security programme grant.
Prof. Collins serves on national and international advisory, funding, and academic society councils and strategy groups, including BBSRC (Panel Member for Committee A and now Committee E), the Dog Advisory Council, ASAB council, and European Food Safety Authority groups. She is an experienced public communicator of science, regularly presenting invited public lectures, including at the Royal Institution and in national theatres. Her work regularly features in national and international news media in all formats.
In 2014, she received the British Science Association Charles Darwin Award for excellence in science communication and in 2010, the UFAW Young Animal Welfare Scientist of the Year award. In 2020 she was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales in recognition of her leadership in agricultural sciences. Prof. Collins currently serves as the British Science Association President for Agriculture and Food.