Peter Carberry


Dr Peter Carberry is a distinguished graduate of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment awarded with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with first-class honours in 1982 and later with PhD in Agriculture in 1987 from the University of Sydney.

As a trained agricultural systems scientist, Peter devoted the early years of his career to the establishment of a research network and quantitative systems research tools. He was a founding member of the Nation’s first multi-agency agricultural systems research group (APSRU) and provided much needed intellectual leadership and vision that ultimately lead to the development of the world’s leading agricultural systems simulation platform, APSIM.

Peter is a Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO and leads the Theme in the Sustainable Agriculture Flagship responsible for research for development in international agriculture. His disciplinary expertise is in crop physiology and in the development and application of system models – he has been a key developer of the APSIM systems model. He has led major RDE projects aimed at increasing the participation of farmers and advisers in research and in development projects in South Asia and Africa.

He is an internationally acclaimed scientist and this is exemplified by the following awards; Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Agriculture and Technology, Medal of “Officier de l”Ordre National du Burkina Faso” for his contribution to improving agricultural production and food security and finally the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science from Ag Institute Australia.

As a scientist, Peter has published more than 100 papers in international journals and has presented widely in national and international conferences. A feature of his work is his ability to integrate science into other contexts such as policy frameworks, industry development and community acceptance.

Winner of the Advance Food & Agriculture Award for 2015
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