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Special Seminar - Technophobia vs. Technophilia: The Polarized Debate about our Food


*Special seminar on Wed 26 Nov 2014 given by Mike Mack, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta, titled “Technophobia vs. Technophilia: The Polarized Debate about our Food”

  • Wed 26 Nov, 4pm, Zoology Lecture Theatre A

  • Hosted by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, with Plants for the 21st Century Institute

  • The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception

  • Everyone is welcome.

Michael Mack

Functions in Syngenta

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), executive Director
Member of the Chairman's & Governance Committee and the Corporate Responsibility Committee

Professional background

Michael Mack was Chief Operating Officer of Seeds (2004–2007) and Head of Crop Protection, NAFTA Region (2002–2004) for Syngenta. Prior to this, he was President of the Global Paper Division of Imerys SA, a French mining and pigments concern, from the time of its merger in 1999 with English China Clays Ltd., where he was Executive Vice President, Americas and Pacific Region, in addition to being an executive Director of the Board. From 1987 to 1996, he held various roles with Mead Corporation. Michael Mack was Chairman and President of the Board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2012, and is currently a member of the Board.

Michael Mack has a degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, studied at the University of Strasbourg, and has an MBA from Harvard University.


Graduate Symposium Prizes 2014



This week the Department’s annual Graduate Symposium took place, showcasing the breadth of research across Plant Sciences. Our third year D.Phil. students gave research seminars, and the second year students presented posters.

Congratulations go to Ivey Geoghegan and Olga Sedelnikova who won the prizes for best talk and best poster, respectively.

Ivey Geoghegan’s project investigates the role of chitin deacetylation in the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae.

Olga Sedelnikova’s project aims to identify developmental regulators of C4 Kranz anatomy.