UK Expert Committee on Pesticides recruiting new members

The UK Expert Committee on Pesticides (ECP) provides independent, impartial advice to the government on the science relating to pesticides.

It is recruiting for three new members, to start in November 2017, and is expressly looking for candidates with expertise in horticulture and agronomy, and the use of plant protection products.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate their ability to contribute to detailed technical discussions and should have considerable experience and recognition within the scientific community.

Applications must be received by midday on Friday 1 September 2017. 

The recruitment drive is looking for expertise in the following areas:

  • Agronomy/horticulture – with a general agronomic background, with expertise in the use of plant protection products within integrated agricultural and horticultural production including grower advisory services, and with relevant knowledge of risk assessment and management in commercial horticultural systems, including use of integrated pest management
  • Dietary exposure – with expertise in the metabolism of pesticides in plants and livestock, pesticide residues, and the assessment of dietary exposure in humans, with experience of relevant studies and their interpretation, and with knowledge of risk assessment and risk management procedures relevant to human exposures to chemicals
  • Epidemiology/statistics – with expertise in analytical epidemiology with experience of a range of epidemiological study types and their interpretation in the context of human exposure to chemicals.

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John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.